Another discussion got me thinking, who really has the best chowder on the Cape? I don't often order it as I make my own just the way I like it. To me, flour has no business being in chowder. Thicken it with cream and potato starch only. I'm surprised at how many cooks think chowder needs to have a spoon able to stand up in it.
And since Chowder festivals have absolutely nothing to do with the smaller batches made and served in our local restaurants rendering their rankings meaningless, lets throw our favorites out there. In the interest of accuracy, although I rarely order it out, my DW does often and always offers me a taste. My three favorites, in no particular order, include two unlikely locations.
Wimpy's Osterville.....a full of flavor, not too thick rendition of quahog chowder. The addition of the whole chopped clam including the bellies gives it tremendous flavor. Is sometimes a little too thick if you get near the end of the batch (I suspect).
Seaside on Main....It's a pub. And it always seems empty, and I hate the garish room, but the chef/partner owner is ever present, formally of Hannah's, and he does a really nice clam chowder with fresh thyme and clams that are always tender and never chewy.
McGrath's Saloon and Sports Bar.....a new basic joint in the site of the old Windjammer. Only one sampling so be forewarned, but very nice, not too thick chowder with tender clams , perfecty cooked red bliss potatoes, and fresh thyme. Perhaps a bit too heavy handed with the thyme but very nice overall.
As usual, my Mid-Cape bias applies.
What are your picks?
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