Best Clam CHOWDER
I'm a complete sucker for clam chowder. Whenever I see it on a restaurant menu, I order it. If McDonald's had it, I would eat at McDonald's constantly.
It should be thick but not gluteny, full of large pieces of fresh clams. It should have firm chunks of potatoes, not ones that dissolve on your tongue. And maybe a sprinkling of fresh herbs -- tarragon, chives...
Here in L.A., Providence has a great version. What other restaurants serve great clam chowder, and what makes it so good?
TAIX has really really great White CHowder that they ONLY serve on Fridays. Makes me think of New England. Enjoy.
Sort of the inverse of the old line about "We only serve white wine when we run out of red, and we've never run out of red."
Anyway -- the Grill.
I'm from the bay area, and the Boudin chain over in Metro Pointe (Costa Mesa, next to South Coast *and* now inside South Coast Plaza) is the way to go for me. Throw it in the sourdough bread bowl, and it's home. Memories of scraping the inside of the bread bowl coated with the thick stuff are the best.
For some high class chowda, Providence is the way to go....