It’s soup season! It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a nice hot bowl of soup during the colder days of the year. The experience can be comforting and delicious. Everybody loves a hearty bowl of soup, and chowder is definitely among the top choices. Philadelphia is filled with restaurants that serve the perfect comfort food, as well as some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. We’ve narrowed down the list to the top five clam chowder choices that you will find in the city of brotherly love.

Oyster House
1516 Sansom St.
Philadelphia PA 19102
(215) 567-7683

You will find the freshest and most delicious fish at Oyster House restaurant and raw bar. Enjoy the open atmosphere and over 100 vintage oyster plates on display. The plates are from owner Sam Mink’s personal collection. The New England clam chowder is a favorite among the patrons at Oyster House. Be sure to try it when you visit.

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Gallo’s Seafood
8101 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19152
(215) 333-0484

This longstanding establishment located in Northeast Philly offers some of the best seafood dishes in town. This family owned restaurant offers excellent services, and most of their employees have been working at Gallo’s for years and are committed to giving you the best service. Whether it is pecan crusted tilapia or lobster mac n’ cheese, this is the place to find the best. Starting off your meal with their delicious Manhattan clam chowder is a must.

McNally’s Tavern
8634 Germantown Ave.
•Philadelphia PA 19118 •
(215) 247-9736

The Chestnut Hill establishment was first started  in 1927 by Rose McNally. The quick lunch eatery was popular among the PRT trolley operators. She soon captured the interest of many people looking for delicious and quick meals. McNally’s is still in operation now under the hands of her great-granddaughters, Anne and Meg. McNally’s still offers delicious and simple plates, and the chowder is one of the best. Their chili and chowders are available by the bowl or by the quart.

Sidecar Bar And Grille
2201 Christian St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 732-3429

Sidecar Bar and Grille is a neighborhood pub that offers delicious and eclectic food and a wide selection of craft beer in an atmosphere that “warms the soul and cures what ales ya!” If you are looking for a unique chowder experience, then you must try chef Brian Lofink’s New England clam chowder with gnocchi. It’s a great twist on a classic chowder.

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House
3432 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 382-3474

Doc Magrogan’s is the ultimate when it comes to seafood. Try any of their appetizers, sandwiches and entrees, as well as their popular raw/steamer bar of oysters, crab, lobster, mussels and more. Do not pass by their awesome New England clam chowder. It’s a favorite among the patrons of Doc Magrogan’s and will no doubt be on your list of favorite chowder joints in Philadelphia.

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