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The Best Restaurant New England Clam Chowder
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Captain Parker's Restaurant and Pub, South Yarmouth, Mass.

Article and photo by Eric H.


Have you noticed how many restaurants in New England decribe their New England clam chowder as "award-winning?"  It seems like every restaurant menu we read, that phrase is used for all types of New England clam chowder -- that is, not only for the best but also the worst and truly mediocre.

Truly delicious New England clam chowder should be thick and creamy, chock full of tender clams, diced potatoes, onions (preferably with bacon or salt pork drippings) and the right mix of seasonings. A topping of parsley is always nice, too.

The following restaurants meet most or all of the criteria, as mentioned above, to create the best New England clam chowders in New England:

1. Cape Neddick Lobster Pound, Cape Neddick, Maine

2. Captain Parker's Restaurant and Pub, South Yarmouth, Mass.

3. Legal Sea Foods (various locations)

4. Red Wing Diner, Walpole, Mass.

5. Beach Rose Cafe, Wickford Village, R.I.

6. Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine

7. Barnacle Billy's, Ogunquit, Maine

8. The Black Pearl, Newport, R.I.

9. Top of the Hub, Boston, Mass.

10.South Coast Local Diner, Mattapoisett, Mass.

11. Noah's, Stonington Borough, Conn.

12. Petey's Summertime Seafood and Bar, Rye, N.H.

13. 1761 Old Mill, Westminster, Mass.

14. DiMillo's on the Water, Portland, Maine

15. Pier 18 Seafood and Grill, East Bridgewater, Mass.

16. The Docksider, Northeast Harbor, Maine

17. Federal Jack's, Kennebunk, Maine

18. Woodman's, Essex, Mass.

19. Putnam's Water View, Goffstown, N.H.

20. Union Oyster House, Boston, Mass.


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