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Best place for New England Clam Chowder in Boston?

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Traveling to Boston for a few days, and looking for the best New England Clam Chowder in town! Suggestions? :)

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  1. Can't complain about the version at Legal Sea Foods. They have many locations. The rest of their menu is of variable quality and not particularly "chowish" if you've got a limited time.

    1. Paging Karl S! I always like his descriptions of the perfect bowl. Me I like the chowder at island creek oyster bar. Not too thick and gloopy!

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      1. re: yumyum

        While I'm not a fan of clam chowder, our dining companions had it at Island Creek, and both loved it, as it wasn't as thick and gloopy as so much of it seems.

        1. re: kimfair1

          Yep, it's quite good.

          I think they make it by cooking each ingredient separately and mixing them together just before it's served. This is nice because each component is properly cooked, but the drawback is that the flavors of the soup don't get infused into the potatoes and other ingredients.

          It's not in Boston proper, but if you're up on the North Shore, the 1640 Hart House's rendition is also milky rather than gloppy. It's pretty darn good.

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          Hart House the 1640
          51 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

      2. Union Oyster House has the best Clam Chowder. It is not a cheap bowl, and I am not sure how their other food fares, but stop in just for a bowl of soup! Plus, the restaurant is historic and in a great area for a day of visiting the city.

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        Union Oyster House
        41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108

        1. Although not always clams, the No Name restaurant's seafood chowder is always very good and fresh. It's usually a mix of seafood which is mainly there. On some occassions, it is a true clam chowder.

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          No Name Restaurant
          151-2 Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210

          1. Not sure where OP is from, but most people not from around here like the gloopier kind and Legal is a fine version of this. NoName and ICOB is milkier or brothier and not to everyone's taste. Oh look I invented three new adjectives! :-)

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            1. re: gourmaniac

              I guess I like medium-gloopy... stuff I've had on the west coast tended to be like... pasty and sticky

              1. re: gourmaniac

                Is Legal a chain restaurant? Is there a better location than the other?

                1. re: hding

                  yes, it's a chain, and national no less, but originated in Inman Square, Cambridge. search this board and you'll get lots of dissing......but there are lots of worse things to eat than their clam chowder, rolls, gazpacho, and tuna burger. There is a brand ndew location on the waterfront with a roof top bar.