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2018 Clam Chowder

Editors’ Choice

Three Cod Tavern, Marblehead

Philosophy: Adhere to tradition, using a secret recipe rumored to have originated at the much-loved Maddie’s Sail Loft and passed from local cook to cook, without being written down, for 60 years or so.

Standout Qualities: Gluten-free and perfectly balanced—not too thick and not too thin—with chunks of clam that are bigger than the chunks of potato.

Fun Fact: The pub is named for Three Cods Tavern, a historic eatery on Front Street in Marblehead in 1660.

141 Pleasant St., Marblehead, 781-639-3COD,


Readers’ Choice

Woodman’s of Essex, Essex

Insider Tip: This 104-year-old eatery’s super-thick chowder is gluten-free, as are their fried clams.

121 Main St., Essex, 978-768-6057,


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