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Red clam chowder?

Where can I find red clam chowder in San Francisco?


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  1. Growing up my family called this Manhattan Clam Chowder, funny name and I like this style over the other. We would collect clams at Pismo Beach and my mom would make an amazing batch of red clam chowder...sigh

    21st Ammendment
    Old Port Lobster Shack
    Not great and all very different.

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    1. No mere clam chowder, to be sure, but cioppino (which usually has clams in it) is tomato-based.

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      1. re: Xiao Yang

        I remember going to restaurants and seeing manhattan clam chowder on the menu and seeing cioppini. It is different from cioppini which is what ever fish is caught and put into a stew with mushrooms, etc mainly a California dish. Manhattan clam chowder is an Italian clam soup renamed for reasons of style made with tomatoes and comes from the East Coast.

        1. re: Lori SF

          I specifically said that cioppino is not clam chowder. My point was that it's a lot easier to find cioppino than Manhattan-style clam chowder in SF.

          I am originally from the East Coast and I know what Manhattan-style clam chowder is; even in Manhattan, though, very few people preferred it to "New England style".

          1. re: Lori SF

            Cioppino has MUSHROOMS? Where is this served? I'm curious.

        2. The Fish Market Restaurants all serve Manhattan clam chowder. It's okay, not great.

          1. I like Cambell's Manhattan Style Clam Chowder. :-)

            1. The "Coney Island" clam chowder @ Tadich comes darn close to the benchmark, which for me is The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Staion , NYC.

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              1. re: Xiao Yang

                we just had a lobster roll to go to make the train to Chappaqua around 9:50 PM.. I give them credit for making it happen because this was our last train out of Manhattan and the roll was pretty darn good.

              2. Old Port Lobster Shack, which has enjoyed great reviews here and has multiple locations in the Bay Area.


                Old Port Lobster Shack
                851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

                1. Both are long shots...

                  U.S. Restaurant, after they moved to their second location on Columbus, would make red clam chowder on an occasional Friday. I don't know if this place still exists or goes by another name now but it was my favorite chowder.

                  Then I disovered that Rick's Restaurant on Taraval also made a red clam chowder. But they also alternated when it was on the menu. I haven't been there in many years, but you can call to see if they still offer this on Fridays.

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                  1. re: whatsforlunch

                    U.S. Restaurant is still there, with new signage that tells you the "US" stood for U Siciliano all along.