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Creamy soup filled with seafood.

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Best soup with bread.

  • Dec 20, 2008
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I am not a fan of soup as a meal. I don't find it filling enough and I'm more of a fan of things that need to be chewed because doing so tricks my mind into feeling full. Nevertheless, clam chowder is my favorite, with or without bread, even as a meal in itself. I personally enjoy it served straight in a cup or bowl, but others also enjoy it served in a sourdough breadbowl. Regardless, I love how the thick soup is so filling and hearty, especially with all those potato chunks floating around!

A good clam chowder, in my opinion, should be thick and should not taste or smell too much like clams. I also don't mind the Manhattan variety (colored red because it contains tomatoes), but the standard, white New England version is my favorite.

I once heard that back in the day, clam chowder was the "fried rice" of soups in that anything a restaurant had left over would be chucked into chowder and served to customers. Hell, I don't care! If it tastes good, I'm in. However, I'm sure that over the years, clam chowder itself has turned into an art and that its probably made with fresh ingredients acquired solely for the purpose of making the soup.

Of all the places I've had the stuff, I'd have to say Fishermans Wharf and Cannery Row in Monterey, CA are the best. A close second is Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco, but that place can get a bit too touristy and crowded on weekends. 

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April 21, 2009
I love clam chowder! And I can't believe anyone would prefer Manhattan over New England!! I don't think I've ever had a bad bowl of clam chowder. Although I generally only order it in non-landlocked states :P
March 03, 2009
LOVE LOVE LOVE Clam Chowder, but don't love the calories. One of the most unhealthy soups, or foods in general, but so creamy and good. Only thing that beats it in my book is Lobster Bisque :)
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review by . January 15, 2010
Creamy and yummy
The best Clam Chowder I've had was in Boston.       I'm very into Chinese soups but when it comes to western soups, they are a tad too creamy or rich for me, for most part. However, I got into the hang of soups when I first had a taste of the Clam Chowder in Boston (& I don't mean the canned type). It was so good that it had enticed me to go beyond and checked out other soups whenever I toured around Europe. However, the best clam chowder I've ever tried …
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
Mmmmm, I want mine in a sourdough bread bowl, please! Love getting these at the SF Fisherman's Wharf.
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Clam Chowder is a chowder usually made with broth and clams and enriched with potatoes, onions, and other vegetables to taste. The New England variety, made with cream and flour, is the most popular variety. However, other versions are becoming increasingly popular, including Manhattan chowder, made with tomatoes for flavor and coloring.

The English word "chowder" is said to have originated in Newfoundland, where French-Breton fishermen threw their daily catch into a large hot pot called a chaudron (meaning "cauldron"). 
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