Know anywhere to find non-creamy clam chowder?
Many years ago I frequented a place called Ma Davis' Brown Derby in Olympia, Washington. They had a clam chowder that was made without cream or milk. The broth was made, I think, from stock, clam juice, white wine and the drippings from all the stuff that went into it: clams, bacon, potatoes, celery, onions, garlic and some other stuff I'm no doubt forgetting. It was thick and rich and utterly delicious; one of the best soups I've ever had. Is there anywhere that anyone knows in the Greater L.A. area that makes a clam chowder like that?
Oof - I'd say Providence's chowder is definitely made with cream and/or whole milk. It's very very good, but very very filling due to its richness (when I went, I ordered that and the risotto with broiled eel, which was another appetizer, and couldn't even get to the risotto after having finished 2/3rds of the chowder). So if the OP is looking for a clam chowder without cream/milk, Providence is definitely not the place to go.
But if the OP doesn't mind the cream - oh, definitely go to Providence. The presentation is also lovely - the broth comes in a separate ewer, the clams/potatos/etc arranged nicely in a bowl, then the waiter pours the broth over the clams. Yum!
Do you mean Manhattan Clam Chowder?
People rave about the Manhattan clam chowder at the the ORIGINAL FISH CO., but I've never been a fan.
For me, the best Manhattan chowder I've had has been at the DAILY GRILL in downtown Los Angeles (although I'd imagine other locations would be comparable).
612 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
THE ORIGINAL FISH CO.
11061 Los Alamitos Boulevard