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Best Clam Chowder in Cape Cod

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Warm up this season with a cup of clam chowder, a traditional soup of New England. Made popular in the 1700s and 1800s, it was officially put on the menu in 1836 at the Ye Olde Union Oyster House (the oldest continuously run restaurant in the U.S.). Massachusetts is where the New England clam chowder was born! Made with a thick and creamy broth, most clam chowder in the state will be made with clams, potatoes, onions, with milk or cream. Many places in Cape Cod claim to have the best clam chowder, some do, and others do not! Read here for our favorite spots to get the best clam chowder in Cape Cod.


Black Cat Tavern

A local favorite in Hyannis, the Black Cat Tavern not only serves up multi-champion chowder but has won numerous awards for their lobster rolls. Their chowder has also won multiple awards at the Cape Cod Chowderfest.

Capitan Parker’s Pub

Having won several awards in Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and Boston, Captain Parker’s Pub serves up some of the best clam chowder in Cape Cod. Their triple crown clam chowder is thick and creamy with tender clams and perfectly diced potatoes, creating a taste that is out of this world!

Skipper Chowder House

Serving the Cape Cod area since 1936, the owners at Skipper Chowder House know a thing or two about creating some delectable chowder! Their award-winning chowder is a savory blend of great American surf clams, butter, bacon, onion, celery, and a house blend of special seasonings. And for a twist on a classic, try their “fried” clam chowder, chowder cakes deep fried in a panko breadcrumb crust, served with hot sauce.

Kream ‘N Kone Seafood

This award-winning seafood restaurant is a local favorite, serving the “finest fried seafood anywhere”. Because their seafood is never frozen, their clam chowder is created with fresh clams, for a flavorful taste on this New England classic.

Pilot House

Winner of the 2018 Cape Cod Chowderfest, Pilot House not only serves up some of the best clam chowder around they offer undeniable water views. Made with fresh Waquoit quahogs, onions, potatoes, and cream, their chowder will not disappoint.

Also be sure to check out the second and third place winners of the Cape Cod Chowderfest; The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina and The Sea Dog Pub.

Of course, only you can be the judge of what you think is the best clam chowder. So, come on out and sample for yourself or make plans to attend the 2019 Cape Cod Chowderfest to find the best clam chowder in Cape Cod!


Visit Hyannis for the Cape Cod Chowderfest

The Cape Cod Chowderfest is a fun, family-friendly event held every year in downtown Hyannis. Celebrate summer in Cape Cod by attending the Cape Cod Chowder Festival and stay at Hyannis Holiday Motel.

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Hyannis motels

When searching for Hyannis motels look no further than the Hyannis Holiday Motel. Our affordable and convenient location in Hyannis is the perfect choice when planning your Cape Cod vacation. Our Hyannis motel accommodations are located near Main Street, with waterfront views overlooking Hyannis Harbor, and a short walk to beaches, ferries, and restaurants.

So, book your stay with us sample the best clam chowder in Cape Cod and we’ll see you at the Cape Cod Chowderfest!

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