Best New England Clam Chowder near Matawan/Old Bridge
"It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt."
Okay, I'll never find that, but is there somewhere in the Matawan/Old Bridge area that has a decent NE clam chowder. Most of them seem to be watery, with hardly any clams, but a lot of potato.
Funny, the only place I could think of was Wegmans, I'm a fan of their soups. It was out side the area they were looking for so I passed on commenting.
Thinking of it though there is Pete's Fishery on 34&79 I can't say I've had their NE chowder, however they have an over all solid reputation. I would try them.
Can't think of anything around Matawan or Old Bridge and I can say don't bother with the Keyport Fishery.
The Navesink Fishery is worth the 20 minute drive from Matawan for the jump in quality, imo. They also sell quarts of their soup.
If you like lemony deserts I can't recommend a slice of their lemon cake enough.
A couple local pizza places (Bacci and another in Matawan that has changed hands a few times) have made excellent NE Clam Chowder in the past. I now make my own in batches and freeze it into lunch portions but I wouldn't hesitate to order it again.
Both places made it thin, creamy, and full of clams rather than the thick, potato-laden, and 2-3 pieces of clam type you find at most chains.