Review: Chowder Bowl, Newport, Oregon

May 5, 2013 by     6 Comments    Posted under: Oregon, Restaurants, Reviews

Rated as one of the best, if not the best, house chowders in Newport, Chowder Bowl’s tasty clam chowder haunts me when ever I think of it.  They were recognized on the “Today Show, featured in “Coastal Living” magazine, and now on The Bald Gourmet.

Chowder Bowl Has the Best Clam Chowder in Newport Oregon

Mmmmm….so delicious!  Chowder Bow’s chowder is thick, creamy, and full of clams.  Those clams are extra sweet and meaty, and the chowder base is perfectly seasoned.  Served with a dollop of butter, this chowder is outrageously delicious.  I had a small cup with my fried seafood meal, but after tasting it, I wish I would have elected to have the Cannon Ball Chowder Bowl instead (chowder served inside a hollowed out sourdough round loaf).  Next time you’re in Newport, don’t waste your time with all the other chowder joints, trust me, the New England style clam chowder at Chowder Bowl puts them all to shame.

Newport Chowder Bowl Clam Chowder

Newport Chowder Bowl Clam Chowder

Chowder Bowl also serves slumgolian, which I’m sure is amazing.  I almost ordered it, but felt too guilty against my new found friends over at Fishtails Cafe, where I had just eaten slumgolian for the first time.

Exceptional Fish and Chips at Chowder Bowl, Newport Oregon

Newport Chowder Bowl Seafood Platter

Newport Chowder Bowl Seafood Platter

Not eating fried fish while at the Oregon Coast would be like not eating chocolate in Hershey, PA.  The fish and chips at Chowder Bowl are exceptional, and are actually what we went there for.  We ordered the Seafood Platter, and loved it.

The Seafood Platter consisted of:  fried fish, fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried calamari, fried clam strips, some fresh steamed tiny Pacific shrimp, and of course, fried chips.  Lets start by talking about the chips.

Unlike most fish and chips places that serve regular old french fries, Chowder Bowl cuts their potatoes into rounds.  The result are chips that, well, look just like thick potato chips.  There’s probably nothing English authentic about round chips, but they were tasty, fun, and something I hadn’t seen before.  They are normally cooked until golden on the outside and soft on the inside, but we asked for ours to be cooked longer so that they were crispy crunchy throughout.  They’re good either way.

Now lets talk about the fish.  Holy crap this stuff was good!  The fish filets (cod) were very tender, flaky, and moist.  The breading was perfectly seasoned and was perfectly crunchy.  The calamari was exceptional, the shrimp divine, the oysters sweet balls of heaven, and the clam strips were probably the best I’ve ever had (made from gooey duck clams).  All of the seafood used was of very high quality.  But what impressed me the most was that each seafood had a different breading/batter put on it.  Most fried fish joints just use the same batter for everything, but Chowder Bowl goes the extra mile by pairing each seafood with its own batter or breading to match the texture and flavors of each individual seafood item.  That is extremely rare to find, and says a lot about their management.

Chowder Bowl Make Their Own Sauces

Another “above the notch” touch about Chowder Bowl is that they make their own tarter sauce and their own cocktail sauce.  Both are very good, but the tarter sauce is exceptional.  I love this place!

When visiting Newport, Oregon, make sure you stop in at Chowder Bowl for some good eats before walking down to the beach.  If you’re like me, you will make this a regular stop anytime you’re passing through the region.

The Bald Gourmet eats at Chowder Bowl in Newport, Oregon and rates it as a must stop at at gastronomical wonderland.


6 Comments + Add Comment

  • I love your review and I think Chowder Bowl has the best chowder in the world.
    Unfortunately, we live in Michigan and don’t get there as often as I would like!
    I wondered if you have made a recipe that tastes like the Chowder a Bowl chowder?
    I would love to find a recipe that tastes like there’s.

    • Oh I wish fatboymama, I wish. But alas, I can’t find a recipe that tastes like their chowder either. Sigh….

  • Wow, Your Review was just wonderful to read while on vacation and wondering if all is being run right back home at THE BOWL. I have to tell you that this is one of the best reviews that we have received from any and all blogs/ magazines alike. Thank you so much! On top of that, your comment about chocolate town U.S.A, blew me away. I am writing you while on vacation in Saint John U.S.V.I. and with me on this getaway is family from Hershey, Penn.; born and raised and some of the group still live there. I would love to talk to you about any recommendations or ideas that you may have for our family owned restaurant, running thirty four years strong. I will return from vacation on the 22nd of May and would love to hear from you if you have the time. Thank you again and may your day be filled with good weather and better food. – Mike Franklin

    P.S. Angie your server says hello and good day!

    • Mike,
      Thanks for writing. You are most welcome for the review. You guys do a great job at The Chowder Bowl, and I wanted to spread the good word. Thank you for such a great eating experience. I will give you a call when you get back from vacation.

      How’s the Caribbean? I’m heading to Anguilla/St. Martin in July for a honeymoon. Haven’t been to the Caribbean before, but I’m looking forward to it. I looked at the U.S.V.I., but the talcum sands of Anguilla were too hard to pass up.

  • The Chowder Bowl is the best. I also love the location of the Nye District place. It’s the Old historic area of town, in an old house. Very comfortable and friendly. Always order the bowl. A cup of chowder will only leave you disappointed.

    • I couldn’t agree more! Awesome place in an awesome area, and a bowl of their chowder may not even be enough.

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