Like commiserating over the T and compulsively checking the weather forecast, arguing over who serves the best bowl of clam chowder is a way of life in New England. Last week, we shared a list of 21 must-try clam chowders in Boston — and our readers had some opinions. So we wanted to know: Where do you get your favorite bowl of the creamy soup?
Before we reveal the results, we need to share some findings about another (somewhat cheeky) question we asked: New England clam chowder or Manhattan clam chowder? We’re referring, of course, to the two dueling soups: our classic, cream-based New England chowder versus the brothy, tomato-based Manhattan chowder.
The answers were — shocker! — overwhelmingly in favor of New England clam chowder.
(For those who voted “other” and commented “fish chowder” — what, are clams not enough for you?)
So where is everyone finding their favorite bowls of New England clam chowder these days? Recommendations came in for restaurants across Greater Boston, from Irish pubs in Faneuil Hall to seasonal seafood haunts on the North Shore. Here are 24 restaurants serving standout chowder, according to our readers — give ’em a try, and let us know if you think there are others worthy of making the list.