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Best clam chowder? (SEA)

gmm Nov 30, 2006 05:40 PM

I did a search, but the last posts are at least a couple years old. Does anyone have any updated recommendations for the best clam chowder in Seattle?

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    christy319 Nov 30, 2006 06:09 PM

    I like Pike Place Chowder best. A lot of people like Market Grill's best. Since both places are in the market it would be pretty easy to do a taste-off.

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      pitchblende Nov 30, 2006 06:10 PM

      I've not tried Market Grill's, but Pike Place Chowder is the best I've had by far.

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        equinoise Nov 30, 2006 06:40 PM

        Duke's used to be a big winner of some contests, but that was several years ago. I like how they used dill, but some could find it a bit thin.

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          Evan Nov 30, 2006 07:32 PM

          This probably isn't what you're looking for, but Canlis actually serves a mean clam chowder.

          Not the sort of thing you can just pop in and grab as take-out for lunch on a cold day, though.

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            Walters Nov 30, 2006 11:10 PM

            Chowder is to Seattle as Chili is to Texas. Given that, Duke's original recipe chowder is top dog. (They now offer several others but even they haven't surpassed Duke's original.)

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              Willy3000 Dec 1, 2006 08:51 AM

              I have found that New England style clam chowder here is too thick. Are there any places that do it correctly, i.e., with thin broth?

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                mrnelso Dec 2, 2006 09:15 PM

                Oh, Pandora, I'm afraid it's out of the box, now...
                Where can a fellah find a good Manhatten-Style chowder around here? Or other soup featuring clams...

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                  Willy3000 Dec 3, 2006 03:04 PM

                  It's hard to find good Manhattan clam chowder anywhere except Manhattan. You can order it Manhattan style at, say, Ivar's, but it comes pre-thickened with cornstarch. Even the New England chowdah is too thick in much of New England.

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                Lauren Dec 1, 2006 04:29 PM

                I prefer a thick style clam chowder and Duke's wins out for me.

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