Sand. Surf. And clam chowder. Yep, these are the essential ingredients to any visit to Seaside, Oregon. But finding a cup of chowder that pleases everyone? That’s not so easy. Some chowder connoisseurs seek out the thickest, creamiest concoctions; others prefer the brothier bowls. Seaside serves both, plus a one-of-kind chowder made with Oregon ale. Read on to discover our top 5 choices.
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1/Norma's Seafood & Steak
20 N. Columbia St.
Named by Epicurious as one of the 10 Best Soups in the USA, Norma’s World Famous Clam Chowder has earned the right to be a little braggy. Chock full of potatoes and select clams, this chowder is pork-free and served with fresh baked bread or garlic toast. The downtown restaurant also serves hormone and antibiotic-free natural angus beef. And with an extensive kids’ and wee little ones’ menu, families will feel right at home.
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2/Doogers Seafood & Grill
505 Broadway St.
Located in downtown Seaside, Doogers ladles a brothy chowder that’s so tasty, the restaurant actually sells clam chowder kits that you can take home and recreate in your own kitchen. Doogers serves up a good selection of other seafood, as well. Portions are big here, so you may want to share or opt for a half order.
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3/The Crabby Oyster
150 Broadway St.
While some restaurants use canned clams in their chowders, that won’t pass muster at The Crabby Oyster. Its chowder is made fresh everyday, creamy and full of rich flavors. Opt for a cup, bowl or the heartier bread bowl.
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4/Sea Breeze Restaurant
84774 U.S. Highway 101
Sea Breeze is one of those small, unassuming restaurants that you could easily drive right by on Highway 101. It’s not fancy, but the food is top notch. You’ll know because you’ll likely be dining with locals. The chowder here is rich and filled with tender clams. And don’t skip dessert, like blackberry pie à la mode. You’ll be so satisfied that you may find yourself back for what some folks say is the “best breakfast on the coast.”
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851 Broadway St.
Chock full of clams, bacon, and beer, the chowder at Seaside Brewery is a twist on the classic. The brewery, once the old Seaside City Jail and Town Hall, uses coastal rainwater, filtered down through the forests and into area streams and rivers as the base for its brews. The folks here even have a specific beer to pair with your cup. So cheers to chowder!
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Editor Shellie Bailey-Shah lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, and is a frequent visitor to the Oregon coast.