Taste Your Way Down the Coast Chowder Trail - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Taste Your Way Down the Coast Chowder Trail

Posted by The Oregon Coast / January 27, 2015


What is it about the magical combination of clams, milk and potatoes? If you’ve ever lingered over a hot, steaming bowl of clam chowder while visiting the Oregon Coast, you know it’s a bit of hearty heaven. With many spots claiming to serve the best chowder on the Coast, we asked our Facebook fans to weigh in. More than 1,400 chowder enthusiasts responded. Here are our highly un-scientific but totally delicious findings:

Chowder Bowl, Nye Beach, Newport

Proclaimed the “absolute best” by our Facebook fans, the Chowder Bowl has been serving up their thick and creamy chowder for more than 30 years. 728 NW Beach Drive
Newport, newportchowderbowl.com

Dooger’s Seafood and Grill, Seaside and Warrenton

A family-owned mini-chain of restaurants that started in Seaside in 1983, Dooger’s chowder is gluten-free and super chunky. 505 Broadway St., Seaside and 103 S. Hwy 101, Warrenton, doogersseafood.com

Dory Cove Restaurant, Lincoln City

After a 2006 fire leveled their original location, the owners brought their staff and “legendary” chowder recipe to a new building across town. Nothing can extinguish the ardor of its chowder fans, it turns out. 2981 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, dorycove.com

Georgie’s Beachside Grill, Newport

Their New England-style chowder is served in a bread bowl — what better excuse to sit awhile and enjoy the view from their swanky dining room? 744 SW Elizabeth Street,

Newport, georgiesbeachsidegrill.com

Gracie’s Sea Hag, Depoe Bay

Billed as a “creamy treat, swimming with chunks of chopped ocean clams,” Gracie’s chowder has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike for 40 years. 58 N. Highway 101, Depoe Bay, theseahag.com

Mo’s Restaurant, Newport, Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Newport, Otter Rock, Florence

The granddaddy of Oregon Coast chowder restaurants, Mo’s fans pass down their love of this creamy, crowd-pleasing chowder through the generations. Six locations including the original location, 622 SW Bay Blvd., Newport, moschowder.com

Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Seaside

Look for the blue and white lighthouse to find Norma’s and their pork-free chowder that’s served with a thick slice of white bread and butter. 20 N. Columbia, Seaside, normasoceandiner.com

Old Oregon Smokehouse, Rockaway

Served without fanfare or dishware, the chowder from Old Oregon nonetheless won the hearts of our Facebook voters with their fresh-from-the-sea ingredients and outdoor seating. 120 Hwy 101 S., Rockaway Beach

Sharkbites Seafood Café, Coos Bay

Don’t be turned off by the highfalutin’ ingredient list that includes fingerling potatoes and herbs — Sharekbites’ chowder is served in a surfer’s dream restaurant with boards and marlins decorating the interior. 240 South Broadway, Coos Bay, sharkbitescafe.com

Tony’s Crab Shack, Bandon

Serious about seafood, Tony’s rewards its fans with generous portions of chowder ready to eat right on Bandon’s famous boardwalk. 155 First Street, Bandon, tonyscrabshack.com

Photo by Robbie McClaran

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  1. Mike Mabee says:

    I’m an old school Mo’s chowder lover, When I’m at the coast I like going to the one in Lincoln City or Newport, however the last time I was in Lincoln City my sister took me to Pier 101. Their chowder is different than Mo’s but every bit as good or better. I’ll make sure to go there next time I’m at the coast. Have also been to Dory Cove that is on the list and I believe I like both Pier 101 and Mo’s better.

    posted February 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm
  2. Sue Cecchini says:

    I thought this article would provide us with a ranking of the “best” chowder according to fans instead of an alphabetical listing of good places to get chowder. If Chowder Bowl was the “best” which restaurant was second, third, etc.?

    posted February 13, 2015 at 9:23 am
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