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12 of The Cape & Islands Must-Try Chowders, Winter 2013

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We seemed to have misplaced our invite to yesterday's inaugural luncheon, thus missing out on the tasty sounding Lobster Tails with a New England Clam Chowder Sauce. As consolation, we'll just have consume a few cups (or quarts) of our local chowdah. Care to join? Here's a guide to 12 of the Cape & Islands must-try chowders. No worries if you're over the bridge, a couple of these establishments are Chowdah 2.0 and have online stores.


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1. The Dan'l Webster Inn

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149 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

Cape Cod Lobster Chowder with chunks of lobster meat, potatoes and fresh herbs.

2. Quahog Republic Dive Bar

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97 Spring Bars Road
Falmouth, MA 02540

If you can't get to the Quahog Republic's Dive Bar, their Quahog Chowder, made with applewood smoked bacon, red bliss potato and cream, can be ordered from their online shop.

3. Wimpy's Seafood Cafè & Market

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752 Main Street
Osterville, MA 02655

Wimpy's offers a Quahog Chowder plus a Lobster & Crab Chowder - with a dollop of basil sherry butter. They've also got a market and take-out menu.

4. The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern

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3176 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630

Cups and bowls of New England Clam Chowder.

5. Captain Parker's Pub

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668 Route 28
West Yarmouth, MA 02673

Their multi-award winning, thick and creamy (& awesome) New England Clam Chowder can be eaten in-house, ordered online and at dozens of Cape & Southeastern Mass. retailers.

6. The Sacred Cod Tavern

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297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633

Chatham Bars Inn Clam Chowder, served with common crackers, chives.

7. Wild Goose Tavern

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512 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633

Their Clam Chowder was voted Cape Cod Life's Best Chowder on the Lower Cape.

8. Old Jailhouse Tavern

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28 West Road
Orleans, MA 02653

Cape Cod Clam Chowdah, by the cup or by the bowl.

9. The Lobster Pot Restaurant

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321 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

Home of Tim's Clam Chowder, a Grand Prize winner (Cape Cod Chowder Fest, Boston Chowderfest) blended in a traditional New England recipe.

10. Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company

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9 Oak Bluffs Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

It would make sense that this restaurant would take their chowder seriously. From the menu:Martha's Vineyard Clam Chowder VOTED "BEST CHOWDER" 2012 By Cape Cod Life & MV Magazine! Gluten Free, No Butter, No Flour, Just Tons of Clams and the Good Stuff! Thin & Gourmet Cream Base. MV Chowderfest Champion.

11. The Newes from America Pub

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23 Kelly Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

This famous Colonial pub, built in 1742, offers a classically prepared New England Clam Chowder.

12. Met on Main

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38 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

New England Clam Chowder, served with a scallion biscuit.

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1. The Dan'l Webster Inn

149 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563

Cape Cod Lobster Chowder with chunks of lobster meat, potatoes and fresh herbs.

149 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563

2. Quahog Republic Dive Bar

97 Spring Bars Road, Falmouth, MA 02540

If you can't get to the Quahog Republic's Dive Bar, their Quahog Chowder, made with applewood smoked bacon, red bliss potato and cream, can be ordered from their online shop.

97 Spring Bars Road
Falmouth, MA 02540

3. Wimpy's Seafood Cafè & Market

752 Main Street, Osterville, MA 02655

Wimpy's offers a Quahog Chowder plus a Lobster & Crab Chowder - with a dollop of basil sherry butter. They've also got a market and take-out menu.

752 Main Street
Osterville, MA 02655

4. The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern

3176 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630

Cups and bowls of New England Clam Chowder.

3176 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630

5. Captain Parker's Pub

668 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673

Their multi-award winning, thick and creamy (& awesome) New England Clam Chowder can be eaten in-house, ordered online and at dozens of Cape & Southeastern Mass. retailers.

668 Route 28
West Yarmouth, MA 02673

6. The Sacred Cod Tavern

297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA 02633

Chatham Bars Inn Clam Chowder, served with common crackers, chives.

297 Shore Road
Chatham, MA 02633

7. Wild Goose Tavern

512 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633

Their Clam Chowder was voted Cape Cod Life's Best Chowder on the Lower Cape.

512 Main Street
Chatham, MA 02633

8. Old Jailhouse Tavern

28 West Road, Orleans, MA 02653

Cape Cod Clam Chowdah, by the cup or by the bowl.

28 West Road
Orleans, MA 02653

9. The Lobster Pot Restaurant

321 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

Home of Tim's Clam Chowder, a Grand Prize winner (Cape Cod Chowder Fest, Boston Chowderfest) blended in a traditional New England recipe.

321 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

10. Martha's Vineyard Chowder Company

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

It would make sense that this restaurant would take their chowder seriously. From the menu:Martha's Vineyard Clam Chowder VOTED "BEST CHOWDER" 2012 By Cape Cod Life & MV Magazine! Gluten Free, No Butter, No Flour, Just Tons of Clams and the Good Stuff! Thin & Gourmet Cream Base. MV Chowderfest Champion.

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

11. The Newes from America Pub

23 Kelly Street, Edgartown, MA 02539

This famous Colonial pub, built in 1742, offers a classically prepared New England Clam Chowder.

23 Kelly Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

12. Met on Main

38 Main Street, Nantucket, MA 02554

New England Clam Chowder, served with a scallion biscuit.

38 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554