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Born and raised in New England, now living in Washington DC, some relatives recently brought me a gallon of fish chowda from Twin Seafood in West Concord.

It's the most perfect thickness, creaminess, fishyness and tastiness ever!

It's the best I've ever had anywhere from Florida to Maine, and there are a lot of contenders! Curious if others have the same opinion.

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  1. Its out of a bag. I watched them pour it into their crocks one day when I was picking up lunch. Don't know who their supplier is though.

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    1. re: LStaff

      That's good news / bad news .... of course the bad news is it might be Sysco brand chowder (or some other mega-distributor) The good news is SteveM might be able to get it locally.

      1. re: yumyum

        Much more likely its Kettle Cuisine in Chelsea, who makes a number of variants on seafood and clam chowder. They do sell cup sized servings, but only the clam is available in that. The pouches aren't hard to find on a cash and carry basis, but you are buying 16 lbs -- 2 pouches (I think) of soup at one go and not certain about distribution in DC.

        1. re: itaunas

          I was thinking it might be NE Soup Factory. Still, if Steve wants to have a chowder party in DC, he could call Twin and inquire and then buy 16 lbs!

          1. re: yumyum

            They make their own chowder and you can purchase it but the gallon. We buy gallons for a lot of parties. It's a clam and corn. The French rolls are part of the deal too.

            1. re: macadamianut

              When you buy it for parties, is it in a bag? That's the part of this thread that confuses me. House-made soups typically are not bagged up.

              1. re: yumyum

                Nope they come in a plastic gallon container that they fill right in front of you. The only bummer is that they do not ship. I usually buy a few gallons of different flavors and always a vegetarian soup because I always have a few of them to feed.

          2. re: itaunas

            Boston Chowder Company out of Lowell provides their product to a lot of restaurants also.

        2. re: LStaff

          Correct - that's the way it came to me. My impression is that hey make it fresh themselves and bag it. Can't be sure, though.

        3. Is it thick or thin? Count me in the thin camp, so I like to know, because the more authentic thin style is much harder to find (Kelly's, believe it or not, can do a respectable version thereof, though it could use more clam broth).

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          1. re: Karl S

            I'm with you as far as favoring the thin version for its authenticity and flavor. This version seems to have been thickened but only slightly. It's possible it's naturally thick-ish just becuase of its high cream content. I encourage you to let go of tradition enough to try this one. Forgot to mention it also contains nice chunks of haddock.

            1. re: HSBSteveM

              Usually, food-service chowders must have a high amount of cream if they do not use thickeners because cream is less prone to curdling than milk when held over heat.