The topic of clam chowder came up in conversation at an event tonight and I mentioned the real RI chowder in all its simple, clear and flavorful glory.
Those of us who spent a lot of years in RI, learned there are three recognized clam chowders down there. RI chefs serve the white New England style, the tomato based Manhattan version and the traditional, clear Rhode Island style.
Last summer we conducted a search for the best lobster roll in the Greater Boston area. This brought us to many seaside clam shacks and restaurants.
Along the way we samples a few clam chowders. We found two versions of the clear Rhode Island version.
The first was at Jake's Seafood Restaurant and Market at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA and it was a special-- their chowder of the day. It was excellent and should be promoted to the main menu. If you are headed to Hull or vicinity, you may want to call ahead to see if they're serving it.
The second was at Evelyn's Drive-In on Nannaquaket Pond in Tiverton RI. They normally have creamy and Rhode Island Chowder on their menu. This one was not as refined as Jakes but still full of clam goodness.