Legal Sea Foods
Served at every presidential inauguration since 1981, Legal Sea Foods’ chowder had to be included on this list. What started as a Boston tradition, Legal Sea Foods now has restaurants in seven states and is adding more every year. The recipe includes plenty of littleneck clams, clam broth and fish stock, plus salt pork for an incredible marriage of flavors. Of course, you can always order it online and stock up.
The Daily Catch
The Daily Catch took home the sacred ‘Best of Boston’ title for clam chowder in 2015 thanks to their chunks of clam meat and potato that live in a creamy, flavorful broth. In place of traditional oyster crackers, they serve their chowder with a homemade biscuit. It makes for the perfect appetizer before enjoying the rest of their Italian-inspired seafood menu.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
Don’t let the name fool you – Island Creek Oyster Bar knows how to make a cup of chowder. The clams are hand-dug at their farm, meaning you get the freshest shellfish, and it’s served with their buttermilk biscuits and house-cured bacon. Head Chef Jeremy Sewall definitely puts a creative spin on his soup, giving you a creamy chowder that finishes bright and fresh.
You are probably wondering why there is an Irish pub on this list. But Ned Devine’s customers swear by this cup of chowder. Their chowder is a three-time award winner, and the flavorful broth is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Located in Faneuil Hall, it makes a great stop if you’re craving chowder in the area.
B & G Oysters
At Chef Barbara Lynch’s B & G Oysters, you get a chance to experience her interpretation of the modern-day oyster bar. Her South End restaurant also has a spectacular clam chowder. With a creamy recipe that includes the classic elements and grabs flavors from celery, leeks, and white wine, you can’t go wrong with this choice.
B & G Oysters, 550 Tremont St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 423 0550
James Hook and Company
James Hook and Company is a must-visit for a lobster roll in the summer, but next time you go, be sure to try their chowder. Their classic recipe has won them Boston Chowder Fest twice now, and you can order an 18-ounce container for only $7.99 on their website.
James Hook and Company, 15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 423 5501