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Food Fight - Say Chowder!

by KevinFreitas
on 5/21/2013 @ 11:19am
A friend recently tweeted about her "meh" chowder experience in Old Town Tacoma's Spar. So, I ask for her and all Destiny City chowder lovers (and since the weather has apparently turned a bit back to chowder weather), where's your fav bowl in Tacoma and why?

by KevinFreitas on 5/21/2013 @ 11:25am
It's a been a good, long while but I used to love me some Duke's chowder in a sourdough bread bowl just never got down there much 'cause it always seemed a bit expensive.

by thriceallamerican on 5/21/2013 @ 11:48am
I can't think of a great chowder in Tacoma, though I haven't tried much. Duke's is absolutely in the "overpriced" category, and relatively mediocre.

Call me a traitor to T-Town, but Pike Place Chowder is pretty much the best thing ever. Worth a ride up I-5 on the 590/594.

by KevinFreitas on 5/21/2013 @ 11:52am
Yeah, my favorite overall comes from Tokeland so I really am curious if there's a Tacoma stand-out that eludes me.
I like a chowder that's the right balance of creamy (but not too heavy) with equal parts fresh clam and potato. Don't skimp on the clam and use the potato as a filler! Add in a nice bit of salt and garlic and I think that's a good start.

by Hank on 5/21/2013 @ 12:23pm
It's not a mainstay on their menu but Doyles' does have a pretty decent chowder when it's available.  

by cisserosmiley on 5/21/2013 @ 1:20pm
Ivar's across from TCC. It's fast food, but it's tasty chowder.  The Met & Safeway are great too. 'SNOW'S' in a can works also. I feel like many restaurants serve pre made chowder from a food service purveyor. 

by Mandiferous on 5/21/2013 @ 4:00pm
My experience at The Spar led to a conversation with the BF that we need to locate the best non-chain restaurant clam chowder in Tacoma. My current favorite is the chowder in a bread bowl from Anthony's at Point Defiance, but alas, it's a chain. I shall continue my search!

by troysworktable on 5/22/2013 @ 4:34am
My favorite chowder in Tacoma has to be at Ivar's. I know it isn't "local" in the sense that you are asking, but there it is.
My favorite chowder is the seafood chowder at Salty's at Redondo.
My favorite literary chowder is the "Clam or Cod?" (try them both!) chowder at the Try Pots in Moby Dick.