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Good Clam Chowder?

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I have a hankering for some delicious New England style clam chowder. Where should we go? Pretty open on location but would prefer somewhere between West Hollywood and Silverlake, if possible. If it is the BEST clam chowder, well then would probably drive a little further. Thanks!

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  1. The "chowda" at Providence is wonderful but pricey ($15). Ditto for the one at Water Grill ($14).

    1. I've Had Clam chowder at many places around the country. Surprisingly In LA The New England Clam Chowder at the cafeteria from my work. It's Cheap $2 for a pint Good Sized chunks of Clam,& Potato, Nice creamy broth & butter flavor.
      LADWP Cafeteria A-Level 111 North Hope Street Downtown Los Angeles
      Served on Fridays, but sometimes they make a Manhatten style or other Seafood chowder check the website and pull up the menu of the week.
      www.ladwp.com

      1. Best NE clam chowdah... Available Fridays only at Philippe's the Original French Dip in Downtown LA. Get there early - many Fridays they're sold out quickly and they don't make more. Worth the drive for sure.

        Creamy, and lots of chunks of clams. Out of this world.

        1. The HUNGRY CAT has my favorite clam chowder outside of Hog Island in San Fran.
          Call ahead cuz a couple of times I drove totally outta my way and they didn't have it.
          It is SOOOooooo good!

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          1. re: tatertotsrock

            Bit of a schlep but I love both the Manhattan and Boston chowders at Los Alametos Fish Company on Katella. http://www.originalfishcompany.com/ho...

            1. re: Fru

              Los Alametos also has an excellent chowder, but I loved the one at Ye Olde Ship even more (and I loove chowder!) :-)

              1. re: Fru

                Thanks. I used to go there occasionally 20 years ago, and it was good then. I didn't realize the place was still around, so I'll try it again on your recommendation. BTW, the map sites will grumble less if you spell "Los Alamitos" with an "i."

                1. re: sbritchky

                  Lol. I assumed it was Los Alamitos, but am kind of new to the area, sorry! :-)

                  I'm going to try the one in Fullerton today, so will let you know if it was as good as the one in Santa Ana.

                  1. re: sbritchky

                    Like I said, both the Boston and Manhattan are great even if I did spell Los Alamitos with an e. And no, Google did not give me any grief during my search.

              2. The chowder at Ye Olde Ship was delish. I went to the one in Santa Ana though, so can't vouch for the one in Fullerton, but have heard great things about that place too from many people here.

                1. The Cafe at the Getty
                  Water Grill (though it's not consistent for some reason...)
                  Taix
                  Enterprise Fish Co.
                  Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
                  Am I nuts in remembering that Hamburger Hamlet did a good chowder, or was it just the French Onion soup...?

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                  1. re: Emme

                    As I recall, HH does a good lobster bisque (but it's not the best around - that title currently belongs to Bar Hayama)...

                    1. re: J.L.

                      Thanks, I couldn't remember, but I am certain on their French Onion.

                    2. re: Emme

                      Blach to the chowder at Paradise Cove. Blach to almost everything I've ever had there. Sorry. Just my opinion. The soup is waaaaay to plain. Just cream with (if you're lucky) maybe 3 small bites of clam. No veggies. No flavor. Trust me, I've given this place sooo many chances as it is nostalgic to my father. My whole tables complained about the food - twice - so I know it is not just me.

                    3. I think King's Fish House has the BEST New England Clam Chowder! There's one in Orange, Long Beach, and Huntington Beach. It's very consistent and PERFECT every time!

                      1. In your neck of the woods, try Campanile.

                        1. Worth the drive, especially on a nice day, is Malibu Seafood.

                          1. Gladstones in Malibu on PCH has a delightful New England Clam Chowder that is nice & "velvety." It tastes divine. (Not to be confused with the Gladstones at Universal Citywalk - seperate ownership).

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                            1. re: foodhappy

                              I have to disagree. The chowder at Gladstones (and at Paradise Cove) is a too-thick, gloppy disaster.

                              1. re: foodhappy

                                Eeew,
                                The clam chowder at Gladstones is best used as a base for paper mache...make a pinata shaped as a clam and you'll be much happier with that than eating the clam chowder.
                                It's like flour and water with some water and flour mixed in...eeek.

                              2. I like the chowder at Fish King in Glendale. It's a great fish market with a small, very informal restaurant attached.