You and I are friends, right? Then hopefully you won’t judge The Restaurant Guy when he tells you that he has been looking for a good New England-style clam chowder that can be purchased at a market and enjoyed at home.
Nothing compares to the quality you get from a fresh bowl of New England clam chowder served at a local eatery. But I am such a big chowder fan that I think it would be nice to not have to always leave my cozy cottage and trudge through this harsh, arctic, 70-degree Santa Barbara winter weather we are all suffering through, just to get some.
Every canned New England clam chowder I have tried has been awful. I tried Snows. Verdict: terrible. I tried Campbell’s. If anyone can get canned soup to taste good it would be Campbell’s, right? Verdict: terrible. I then tried the ready-to-eat version of Campbell’s New England clam chowder where you don’t need to add milk or water. Verdict: terrible. Last night I tried Progresso Rich & Hearty and it tasted like a bowl of Half & Half with a few potatoes mixed in. Verdict: Pass me a bag, quickly.
What is your favorite brand of from-the-store New England clam chowder?