In the late 80's and early 90's I summered in Pinehurst as a lad, and we would dine at the Carolina Dining Room, the main restaurant at the Pinehurst golf resort. Wonderful memories, lovely setting, nice piano player, great food. Ron Howard walked in one night, but I was too young to give a crap.
Anyway, they had this "Seafood Chowder" on the menu for years. It was not a cream-based, but rather a tomato-based soup, sort like the Manhattan style clam chowder. Out of this friggin world. We would talk about it all year long and order multiple bowls every night we were there. It got so that the chowder, not he golf, was keeping us coming back. We would always ask the waiter if the chef would tell us the recipe, but no dice.
I haven't been back to Pinehurst since the early 90's, but I see on the website that the Seafood Chowder is no longer offered! It was the staple of the menu for years, such a shame.
Would love to know if anyone else remembers this "soup of soups," and has any info on a recipe.
Carolina Dining Room
PO Box 4000, Pinehurst, NC 28374