With the freezing cold temperatures and raw winds we’ve been feeling the past few days, there’s pretty much no question that Old Man Winter is here and is planning on staying for a while. On days like this you don’t want to be messing around with a burger or a flimsy sandwich from some fast food place. Anyone from New England knows there’s nothing better for warming the stomach and the soul than a hot, delicious, steaming cup or bowl of chowder. At Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook, we are proud to serve only the best clam chowder in Connecticut. While we serve the best New England Clam Chowder, we also offer several lesser-known varieties such as Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, Shrimp Corn Chowder, Crab Corn Chowder, and even non-chowder seafood favorites such as Lobster Bisque.
We’ll start out by talking a little bit about our delicious New England Clam Chowder. A quintessential Northeastern dish, our New England clam chowder is always served creamy and thick, with fresh celery, onions and potatoes, along with salt pork and fresh diced quahog clams. New England clam chowder, also known to some as “Boston clam chowder” is the most well known chowder and virtually the only kind available in the United States outside of the Northeast. New Englanders are so fiercely proud of this delicacy that in 1939, Maine actually passed a law making it illegal to add tomatoes to the broth of New England clam chowder!
If a creamy chowder isn’t up your alley, we’ve got you covered. In addition to serving the best New England Clam Chowder in CT, Atlantic Seafood is also offers Rhode Island clam chowder. Rhode Island clam chowder, also known as “Clear Broth Clam Chowder” is a favorite in southern New England and on Block Island and is very hard to come by anywhere else. With a thinner broth and a slightly stronger seafood flavor, our Rhode Island clam chowder is sure to please all lovers of fine seafood who are looking for a change of pace. As with our New England clam chowder, our Rhode Island clam chowder contains fresh vegetables such as celery, potatoes, and onions along with salt pork and sliced Quahog clams. Stop in today and take the Rhode Island clam chowder challenge by way of trying the best clear broth clam chowder in CT.
Another non-creamy clam chowder that we always make available to our customers is Manhattan clam chowder. When you see our Manhattan clam chowder, you’ll know right away that it’s a whole different creature from the typical chowders you’re used to seeing. While it is thin like Rhode Island clam chowder, Manhattan style chowder is bright red in color, owing to the fact that tomatoes are a key component in its broth. Sometimes called New York clam chowder, Manhattan clam chowder first started popping up in New York City in the early 1930s when it was being developed by Portugese immigrants who were trying to simulate the tomato-based seafood stews that they had known back in the old country. Our Manhattan clam chowder features the same clams and vegetables as our other chowders, only with carrots also being added into the mix. Make a stop by Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook today and treat yourself to a little taste of New York with the best Manhattan style clam chowder in Connecticut.
Contrary to what some people may believe, a chowder doesn’t necessarily have to contain clams at all. To sway any non-believers, we present for your approval the delicious corn chowders made daily by Atlantic Seafood Market. We feature two different varieties of corn chowder – Shrimp corn chowder and Crab corn chowder, both of which are sure to warm you up and fill you up. Corn chowder is similar to New England clam chowder in that it features a thick and creamy broth, only with a corn base rather than clam. It is another classic New England cold weather comfort food that people in other regions of the country sadly miss out on. Using only the finest all-white Gulf Shrimp and Maryland crab meat, Chef Jerry sees to it that we serve nothing but the best corn chowder in all of CT.
In addition to our amazing chowders, we also are proud to sever the most delicious shrimp bisque and lobster bisque in CT. (and anywhere else for that matter!) A bisque is like a chowder in that it is a thick and creamy soup, though bisque is made from a broth made out of crustaceans such as lobster, shrimp, or crabs. With fresh, plump, juicy Gulf shrimp and the finest lobster meat the Atlantic Ocean has to offer, our seafood bisques are second to none and will be sure to have you frantically scraping the bottom of the pot to savor every last drop.
Now that you’ve successfully completed your course in Chowder 101, it’s time to put on your coat, warm up the car and head to Atlantic Seafood of Old Saybrook to indulge in the best clam chowder in all of CT. Your stomach, taste buds, and no-longer chattering teeth will be sure to thank you.