Food ~ Clam "Chowdah"

A prime example of Rhode Island quirkiness is its chowder. Most Americans are familiar with two types of clam chowder: New England (cream and potato based) and Manhattan (tomato based). But did you know that Rhode Island has not one, but two clam chowders of its own?

Rhode Island Clam Chowder by Michiey
1. Traditional Rhode Island clam chowder is made with a clear broth. According to the recipes I've looked at, it's flavored with quahogs, potatoes, onion and bacon.

2. But according to Wikipedia, there's another, even less-known type of Rhode Island clam chowder, that's tomato-based. It's mostly served in the northern part of the state, and is a variation created by  Portuguese immigrants. In fact, it's the precursor to Manhattan style clam chowder.

Bear loves clam chowder and is trying to find her favorite. We've been reading through Don Bousquet's Rhode Island Cookbook to try to make our own as well.

Early in 2010, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives visited the Liberty Elm Diner in south Providence and tried their chowder. There was a viewing party at Everyman Cafe, and I finally found the video online. It's great exposure for an excellent local business.


  1. I didn't know RI had its own clam chowder! I like the idea of the bacon. Bacon makes everything better! :)


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