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Mar 6, 2008 09:28 AM


Recently moved to Willamette Valley. Legendary Mo's Clam Chowder was a must on our to do list. Complete dissappointment. What's so "legendary?" My family recipe and a couple other recipes I've tried are WAY better than Mo's. I failed to see what the fuss was all about. Big waste of time and money in my humble opinion. Did I miss something?

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    1. It ain't just you.

      I grew up in the area, and I still don't get why some folks think Mo's makes good chowder.

      It used to be a fun little place to go, but that was a long time ago. I think it's resting on long-ago laurels.

      1. Try the Chowder Bowl @ Nye Beach in Newport instead. Quite good.

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        1. re: Foamer

          I totally agree. I think for those of us who grew up vacationing here, there can be a nostalgic taste for Mo's, just like you might like, say, Cap'n Crunch if you loved it as a kid, even if it's awful. Mo's is pretty mediocre-though I have to say, kids seem to like it, because it doesn't taste fishy at all.

          Chowder Bowl mentioned above is absolutely fabulous-they have the best fish'n'chips around, too.

          1. re: girlwonder88

            Mo's has been and continues to be an icon in the Pacific Northwest, increasingly living on its past reputation. There was a time when the chowder was good but it wasn't so much about the chowder as it was about "Mo" and her personality and the butter that always floated on top of the chowder and the community seating, the salty (no pun intended) waitresses and pictures of famous people hanging on the wall. You know that the focus and the passion are gone when you all of a sudden see a burger on the menu, happen to be sitting next to the owner and watch her order a burger...

        2. I agree, their chowder is so overated. We moved to the Oregon coast and heard so much about their chowder, we had to try it. We even went back for a second try, that was the last time. Try Ivar's clam chowder from Costco, it is terrific.

          1. I agree. It was pretty good, but there was a place in Cannon Beach that had them beat. And then there's Ivar's in Seattle.
            However, I tried the fish tacos, and I don't think I've ever had better! The sauce was incredible! The waitresses I talked to agreed.