Does Anyone Make Connecticut Clam Chowder in Connecticut?
Before the comments begin, yes, I understand that the above photo is Manhattan Clam Chowder, and that's the reason why I'm writing this. As a 54 year resident of Connecticut, I've never had Connecticut Clam Chowder, and I'm disappointed.
Did you know that there is a Connecticut Clam Chowder? It's a clear broth recipe, almost exactly the same ingredients as the clear Rhode island Clam Chowder, but the difference is Rhode Island Clam Chowder uses butter, and Connecticut Clam Chowder uses onions, in addition to both using clams, pork, celery, and potatoes. The superior chowder battle has raged up and down the Eastern seaboard for years. Among the types of chowder that you can find within a 5 hour radius of Connecticut: New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Long island Clam Chowder, Delaware Clam Chowder, Maine Clam Chowder, Hatteras Clam Chowder, and lastly, Connecticut Clam Chowder.
What do you get when you search 'Connecticut Clam Chowder' on Google? My previous article, a recipe from ediblenutmeg, and, that's about it. For two years, I've stopped at every seafood restaurant that this state offers - Westbrook Lobster house, Lenny & Joe's, The Place, Crabby Al's, Chowder Pot, even Sam the Clams and Clam Castle, and I have not seen Connecticut Clam Chowder on one 'special' or everyday menu. Rhode Island, Manhattan, and New England? Everywhere. Rhode Island Clam Chowder is in a few spots along the Eastern shoreline, but Manhattan and New England is everywhere. I'm tired of bowing down to those hacks from Newport and Warwick, would someone in Noank or Stonington take the no-butter plunge?
Am I looking in the wrong area? Does anybody in Connecticut serve our own?
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