Saturday’s clear blue skies set the stage for another fantastic Chowder Day fundraiser. I had a chance to try 11 of the 13 entries. One sold out just ahead of us, and another was a no-show.
The votes have been tallied and Spud Point continued its streak, first place again for the eighth year in a row. After last year’s mini-brouhaha “chowder-gate” demanding more transparency in the voting, this go-round the second and third place winners were also revealed, Sandpiper and Tides Wharf, respectively. And Fishetarian landed best new competitor.
This time I had three friends along and we all felt that Spud Point had some stiff competition. Two joined me in picking Fishetarian as first place, and another felt Sandpiper was on top. All of the chowder entries were quite good, not a clunker among them.
Unlike previous years, all entries were white clam chowder. No red, no corn chowder, no mixed seafood or salmon this time. I also noticed a ramp up in use of herbs, perhaps a move toward simulating the herb-heavy style of Spud Point Crab. My notes, points, and rankings are shown in this photo of my ballot before I turned it in.
Besides Fishetarian, another newcomer that has also been open for less than a year is Fisherman’s Cove Deli and Bait. Located next to Spud Point Crab, it features organic ingredients and hormone free meats. The chowder was lovely, and I’ll be returning to try a more complete meal from Fishetarian and Fisherman’s Cove.
The photos below are the view of the marina from Sandpiper’s enclosed dining deck, Fishetarian (next to the Lucas Wharf), Fisherman’s Cove marquee, and Bodega Head as seen from the Duck Club’s lounge, our last stop to beer down and kick back after chowder tasting,