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Aug 23, 2008 11:11 AM

Chowing on Clam Chowder

I woke up this morning wanting New England clam chowder, and I want more then just something out of a can. Where can I get destination worthy New England clam chowder to satisfy my hunger?

And while we're on the topic... just out of curiosity...where can I find the best Manhattan Clam Chowder? Rhode Island Clam Chowder? I'd never heard of it before until a quick googling this morning, but apparently it's chowder in a clear broth.


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  1. Manhattan style-Crab Cooker, Newport Beach

    1. The best clam chowder I've tasted in the area was at the 10th Street Cafe (on Wilshire) operated by the Santa Monica Seafood folks. 10th Street Cafe currently is closed as it is being remodeled to house the new seafood retail establishment along with the casual cafe -- due to reopen in the fall. Santa Monica Seafood on Colorado is still open and sells their clam chowder both warm and chilled for later.

      1. The best New England "style" chowder I have tried in SoCal is at the Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos on Los Alamitos Blvd...lots of clams and minimal potatoes! While it may not be "authentic" N.E. chowder...which runs much thinner than you would expect, it is the best you can get here

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        1. re: TravelPath

          I too think the NE chowder at the Fish Company is by far one of the best but I like their Manhattan even better. The full bodied broth has a nice kick to it and it is loaded with veggies and clams. I am always in a quandary over which to order. Add their chewy sour dough rolls and butter and you have a meal! Of course their menu is pretty extensive from raw bar to grilled and everything in between.

          1. re: Fru

            I second this rec! Truly delicious...makes me wish I was closer to the restaurant right about now.

            1. re: attran99

              And I third the recommendation. I also love their key lime pie. Drive all the way from Monterey Park to Fish Company just for the chowder and pie!!!

          2. re: TravelPath

            Yup! Its gets the seal of approval by my New Englander SO... Love their sourdough rolls as well... YUM!!


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            1. Aaaah, you missed it. They only have it on Fridays. It is the best, creamiest, thick, lots of clams, excellent flavor, totally fattening.
              (maybe call and see if they some some left today???)

              Sabatino's Sausage Company
              251 Shipyard Way, Cabin D
              Newport Beach, CA 92663
              Phone: (949) 723-0621