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