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Dec 15, 2008 06:00 PM

Best clam chowder in LA area?


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  1. start here.... i like Smitty's in Pasadena when they have it as the soup of the day- call first, i wanna say it pretty much is assigned to Friday's if and when it does appear.

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    1. re: Local

      great, thanks. CH's search feature leaves much to be desired.

    2. The Friday clam chowdah at Philippe's the Original in Downtown gets my vote. Fridays only. Cheap and good.

      1. Gotta throw my vote to Santa Monica Seafood. The revamped retail shop plus cafe should be reopened near the beginning of the year -- February, right? -- on the S/E corner of Wilshire and 10th in Santa Monica. The new bakery and breakfast spot opening by the Rustic Canyon folks is being built a door down in the former ChopStix place, with the Magellan's in the middle.

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        1. re: nosh

          Another vote for Santa Monica Seafood. The white chowder, at least. Never tried the red.

          1. re: Hackenbush

            I wish SM Seafood's chowders passed my test but I find both to be pale imitations.
            My hope is that they improve them with the opening of the new place.

            1. re: epop

              I'm with you on that one.
              I really don't find anything, in the way of prepared foods at SM Seafood, to be that great. I've actually, on occasion, had to return fish I've purchased because it had that 'fishy' smell. There's nothing more annoying.

        2. The best clam chowder I've had recently was at the Taix in Silverlake. I think they only serve it on Fridays and they give you a huge terrine, which they will refill! Very fresh, lots of clams and very creamy, not gummy. Check out their website.

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          1. re: Baron

            You sound like you are describing the Friday clam chowder a Piknic in Century City, between the CAA building and the two towers. It's by far the best clam chowder I've ever had. $6 for a big bowl or pint to go.

            Piknic Century City
            2000 Avenue, of the Stars Los Angeles, CA

            1. re: Jwsel

              oh yum! that sounds awesome, silverlake is a bit far from me!

            2. re: Baron

              Interesting, I live down the street from Taix...

            3. I don't know if it is every friday, but I've had great clam chowder at the Pacific Dining Car down town.

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              1. re: rednyellow

                Does the Pacific Dining Car offer New England or Manhattan style? I've had a couple of good soups there over the years but don't recall ever trying the clam chowder.

                1. re: sbritchky

                  it was white, new england. not too thick, not too thin. just right.