Whether you like your chowder thick and creamy or smooth and silky, clam-studded or laden with tomatoes and veggies, here is list of delicious proportions on where you can find Vancouver’s best chowder.
Rodney’s deliciously thick New England Clam Chowder is guaranteed to warm you to the core on a brisk day. Keeping it simple, the chefs at Rodney’s use a traditional maritime recipe, fresh local ingredients (smoked bacon, baby Manila clams from Vancouver Island, and Kennebec potatoes), and create it from scratch in-house.
Address: 1228 Hamilton Street
Address: 52 Powell Street
The original shack at Fisherman’s Wharf serves up a variety of tempting chowders. Offered as a soup-of-the-day or rather a chowder-of-the-day special, Go Fish features Asian-inspired bowls, including Coconut Red Curry Chowder, Coconut Green Curry Chowder, and a Miso Chowder, in addition to a more traditional Clam Chowder.
Address: 1505 West 1st Avenue
Forage’s award-winning chowder is featured on both the eatery’s brunch and dinner menus. Winner of the 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown, Forage’s satisfying white fish chowder is comprised of bacon, celeriac, tomato, onion, carrots, leeks, potato, cream butter, and spices. A poached quail egg, and smoky chicharrón top the dish off and tie the whole thing together.
Address: 1300 Robson Street
This community-focused seafood shop, owned by Ocean Wise co-founders Robert Clark and Mike McDermid, ladles up a mean bowl of clam chowder. Using locally-sourced ingredients, The Fish Counter’s dairy-free clam chowder is made of sustainable clams, celery, carrot, and fennel stock, and is thickened with creamy potato.
Address: 3825 Main Street
With a seafood-driven menu it’s no surprise that YEW seafood + bar, under the direction of Ned Bell, serves up a delicious and warming bowl of clam chowder. Bell even earned the title of 2014 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Ingredients wise, Bell’s wonderfully creamy chowder offered at lunch, is flecked with juicy clams, fennel, celery and, fennel pollen.
Address: Four Seasons Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street
Phone: 604-692-4YEW (939)
North Van’s Soup Meister offers three varieties of chowder: Boston Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, and a Seafood Chowder. While the white Boston Clam Chowder is considered to be the favourite, those looking to indulge in a tomato-based chowder should try the Manhattan Clam Chowder. Not only is it chock-a-block full of clams and veggies, but it also contains bacon bits, which add a wonderful smokiness to the hearty stew.
Address: 103-123 Carrie Cates Court, Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver,
Vancouver’s iconic seafood and chop house, Joe Fortes, has been wowing patrons with its seafood-focused menu for 30 years. Unsurprisingly, the Thurlow Street restaurant whips up a memorable bowl of New England Clam Chowder. Offered as a soup option, Joe Fortes’s wholesome chowder, boasts a creamy broth, and is loaded with tender clams, smoky bacon, and thyme.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street
If you’re after a warming bowl of chowder and a superb view, head to Prospect Point Restaurant. Located within Stanley Park, this popular pit-stop dishes up a deliciously hearty West Coast Salmon and Corn Chowder. Creamy to taste, Prospect Point’s chowder is comprised of fresh local salmon, and is garnished with harvest vegetables and spring onions.
Address: 5601 Stanley Park Drive
Situated inside the Public Market on Granville Island, A la Mode offers customers a variety of homemade sweet and savoury pies. Those looking for a unique way to devour their clam chowder can opt to inhale it in pot pie form. Not only is this a novel way of digging into ones clam chowder, but it is also mighty tasty.
Address: 137-1689 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Head to one of Liquids + Solid’s three locations and grab a flavourful and comforting bowl of homemade chowder. Comprised of quality, locally-grown ingredients, Liquids + Solids offers flavourful and preservative-free rotating chowder specials like wild salmon, clam, or a Manhattan clam.