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Chowderfest...worth it?

Bostonbob3 Jul 3, 2008 07:31 AM

It's Sunday, 11:00-6:00 on City Hall Plaza.

Anybody been before?

  1. fmcoxe6188 Jul 3, 2008 07:36 AM

    I went a couple of years ago and I didnt think it was too fantastic honestly. It might had had to do with the fact that it was 97 degrees out and the last thing you want to eat is hot soup- but all in all- I didnt think that the chowder on display was worth the crowds.

    Just my opinion

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    1. re: fmcoxe6188
      hargau Jul 3, 2008 10:08 AM

      ditto. Lines were not bad when we went. Ranged from nothing to maybe 5 minutes. You get a bit of chowder in a dixie cup. But its hot out and in the sun and after a few cups your pretty much just looking for something to drink and some shade

      1. re: fmcoxe6188
        Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 3, 2008 12:17 PM

        Yeah, for the life of me I can't figure out why they schedule it in the summer.

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        sultanp Jul 3, 2008 12:32 PM

        Quality varies from year to year. Sometimes they have three or more really great chowder options and you can go back and forth until you can pick a winner.

        Sometimes there is only one restaurant with good chowder. There's usually one place with really bad chowder - you see people dumping the cups in the trash after taking one taste.

        The weather is a huge variable. If it's sweltering, it's not so much fun. If it's sunny and dry, it can be a blast.

        Just watch out for all the corporate junk set up outside the Chowderfest - giveaways of junk food and chemical-laden drinks.

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        1. re: sultanp
          treb Jul 7, 2008 08:16 AM

          Totally agree, I wish they'd move it to Sept or Oct.

        2. Food4Thought Jul 4, 2008 07:43 AM

          I agree with most opinions here. I had an enjoyable time (for 10 bucks) but it can be highly dependent on the weather and the crowd. These factors can be tempered with a pre-fest visit to Durty Nelly's.

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          1. re: Food4Thought
            Bostonbob3 Jul 7, 2008 08:05 AM

            Most all of my dining experiences are tempered with a visit to Durty Nelly's. :))

          2. Food4Thought Jul 7, 2008 05:11 PM

            I went about 3:30 and there were zero lines, at most I had one person in front of me. I too liked Christopher's the best, it had that pronounced dill flavor, which might not be everybody's cup of tea. The Oceanaire's was interesting with the parmesean undertones and oddly I thought that Chicken Bone's was my second favorite. There was one wallpaper paste chowder I couldn't finish. Hall of famer Turner Fisheries' example didn't impress me that much.

            I also think this event would be better held in Sept/ Oct. Every time I go it is a sweltering experience. I felt really bad for all of those poor folks dressed in the Blackberry (the phone) outfits.

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