Clam Chowder

Great clam chowders from around New Hampshire

Clam Chowder from Ocean Harvest Seafood Restaurant in Keene.

Photo by Hillary Davis

Whether you savor yours with oyster crackers crushed on top, with coarsely ground black pepper, a dash or two of Tabasco, thick or thin, with flour or not, made with salt pork or bacon, heavy on the cream or thinned out with milk and clam juice, clam chowder is so popular that every state seems to claim its own version. Here in New Hampshire, we are partial to our New England-style.


Al's Seafood Restaurant & Market
51 Lafayette Rd. (Rte. 1)
N. Hampton 964-9591 website

New England-style Clam Chowder Medium-thick clam chowder made fresh daily starting with a roux then adding in half & half, chopped clams and clam juice. Bowl: $5.50.

Tip: Order at the window and claim a seat in the restaurant or at a picnic table outside. Your order will be delivered to you.


Ocean Harvest Seafood Restaurant
433 Winchester St. Keene 357-3553

Clam Chowder


Excellent thin chowder made with milk, no flour or cream. Bowl: $5.49.

Tip: Ocean Harvest makes a light tempura batter rather than traditional thick batter for their fried fish, which you might want to try while you're there.


Milford Fish Market
251 Elm St. Milford 673-4200

Clam Chowder

Made from minced clams, flour to thicken, celery, onions, bacon, potatoes, dried thyme, black pepper, half & half. A traditional chunky chowder with lots of potatoes. Bowl: $5.95.

Tip: Summer screened terrace has a bar and a few tables so you can drink 'n dine outside on hot nights.


Surf Seafood
207 Main St. Nashua 595-9293
99 Bow St. Portsmouth

Surf Clam Chowder

Think butter, heavy cream and clams. This chowder is as fresh as you can get as Surf gets their seafood from the piers daily. Bowl: $8.

Tip: sit at the long raw bar for a bowl and side it with fresh shucked oysters and clams.


Old Salt Restaurant
490 Lafayette Rd. (Rte. 1) Hampton

Old Salt Clam Chowder

Award-winning chowder made with local farm cream and fresh parsley from their garden.

Tip: To watch the chef make Old Salt Clam Chowder on YouTube, just click here!



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