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Suggestions for places serving Manhattan Clam Chowder?

lo105 Mar 30, 2011 07:15 AM

In the mood for food - Manhattan Clam Chowder, to be precise. Anybody know of a good place?

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  1. Josh RE: lo105 Mar 30, 2011 09:26 AM

    I've seen it on occasion at Bread & Cie, but that's the only place I know of. Most places serve the gross New England one.

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      cstr RE: Josh Apr 1, 2011 01:17 PM

      'Gross New England one' r u 4 real? Do you even know what authentic NE chowda is?

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        Josh RE: cstr Apr 1, 2011 03:00 PM

        A cream-laden gut-bomb, IMO. I prefer the lighter tomato broth of the Manhattan style by far.

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          cstr RE: Josh Apr 2, 2011 05:44 AM

          Josh, you're sooo wrong, traditional chowdah is clam broth based, the only thickener, if you can call it that, comes from the starch in the diced potatoes which really doesn't thicken it all that much (still a very liquid broth) and is 'finished' with a small amount of cream. There's no rue or corn statch or any of that stuff that makes a chowdah like glop. You've probably never had real authentic chowdah so, I'd recommend, before you bash what you've never really tried, that you take a ride to the 'East Side', head up the coast and enjoy some real chowdah and when you there get some fried clams with belly's as well.

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            Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 2, 2011 06:59 AM

            Great...now, I want a big bowl of chowda somewhere near the Cape, fried clam belly's and big ol' lobsta roll with mayo!

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              Island RE: Beach Chick Apr 2, 2011 11:31 AM

              Yeah me too, but I'll take my chubbies steamed by the bucket and my lobster naked. Turn me loose in all those no name seasonal lobster shacks up coast.
              I need a lobster festival road trip!

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                cstr RE: Island Apr 2, 2011 01:53 PM

                Road trip!!, I'm for that, most of the clam shacks have been open for about a 3 weeks +/-. I could put all of you up easily, connections you know, about 20 minutes from Ipswich...nuff said. Island, you're from NE right?? Are you game?? Hey BC we'll throw in White Barn Inn or Neptune as well, can't do Locke Ober, temp closed. As for those non-shack places, I've been told I clean up nicely!

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                  Beach Chick RE: cstr Apr 2, 2011 06:11 PM

                  Man, I would so love renting a home in Kennebunk or Truro for the month of Sept.
                  eating at every shack up and down the cape and up to Maine.
                  Eating blueberry pie, drinking Allagash on tap
                  We did that a couple years ago and LOVE the White Barn Inn..
                  Gotta stop at Fenway to see the NY/Red Sox game, eat oysters at Neptune's.
                  I'm a native SD but I so love the New England coast..

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                bizzwriter RE: Beach Chick Apr 2, 2011 01:17 PM

                Someone on another thread reported that there's a new place in the Henry's center in University City (at Regents and Governor, next to Starbucks): Bite of Boston. They reportedly make a pretty mean lobsta roll. (And those Ipswitch fried clams on the website home page look killer!)


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                  foodiechick RE: bizzwriter Apr 2, 2011 08:58 PM

                  And they have PIE!

      2. Beach Chick RE: lo105 Mar 30, 2011 10:16 AM

        No flames... Anthony's Grotto Downtown in the bar has great Manhattan clam chowder with a bayfront view..like to get their stuffed avocado with shrimp and crab...so touristy good!
        I think the Fish Market has the chowder but call to be sure..sit up at the oyster bar with some steamers, cheesy bread, bottle of wine and some oysters..

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          monku RE: Beach Chick Mar 30, 2011 04:48 PM

          Anthony's Grotto Fish Market is a good choice. Good chowder and good view of the harbor.

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          aloha925 RE: lo105 Mar 30, 2011 04:43 PM

          I believe Point Loma Seafood sells it, though I've never had it.

          Point Loma Seafoods
          2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

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            AtomicSuplex RE: lo105 Mar 30, 2011 05:32 PM

            One of my favorite restaurants, Nugent's Firegrille in Scripps Ranch, has Manhattan clam chowder, although I haven't have it.

            Their regular clam chowder is good, though.

            1. globocity RE: lo105 Mar 30, 2011 08:21 PM

              The Fishery, in North PB.

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                mpotter14 RE: lo105 Apr 1, 2011 11:08 AM

                Pt. Loma Seafood has the best Manhattan and New England Clam Chowder in town.

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                  bizzwriter RE: mpotter14 Apr 1, 2011 01:27 PM

                  Now if I could just find some Rhode Island clam chowder here in town, I'd be all set...

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                    Josh RE: bizzwriter Apr 1, 2011 03:01 PM

                    Man, that looks great.

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                      bizzwriter RE: Josh Apr 1, 2011 03:23 PM

                      Didn't even know it existed until I had some last year while visiting a client in the New Haven, CT area. It's now my fave variant of the clam chowders.

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                        Josh RE: bizzwriter Apr 1, 2011 11:05 PM

                        Yeah, it sounds really good. Thanks for the tip. Any place in particular in New Haven you'd recommend?

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                          bizzwriter RE: Josh Apr 2, 2011 05:02 PM

                          I first had it at LoMonaco's in Branford, outside of New Haven, then at Lenny's Indian Head Inn. Both very good specimens of the genre.

                2. Fake Name RE: lo105 Apr 2, 2011 07:52 PM

                  I understand the Das Chowdahof in Berlin makes a das gut version.

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                    honkman RE: Fake Name Apr 2, 2011 08:07 PM

                    Der Chowdahof ;)

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                    buboni RE: lo105 May 10, 2011 02:04 AM

                    You should try The Fish Market in San Diego http://www.thefishmarket.com/. Use to have one in Orange County, Ca and closed down and now I can't get my Clam Chowda Fix, when I crave it.

                    Fish Company
                    1007 C Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

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