I really love clam chowder, and usually try it whenever it is on the menu. When I was younger, I loved clam chowder, minus the clams, and would pick out all of the clams just to get to the potatoes and the creamy broth. Now I eat both broth and clam, but some bowls are better than others.
A couple weeks ago I went into Boston to celebrate a friends 21st birthday at Top of the Hub. I have been to Top of the Hub once before with my dad and was pleasantly surprised. I think we both expected that the Hub was another gimmick restaurant that lacked greatly in the food department, but made up for it in the astounding view. Thankfully, Top of the Hub does not fit this description and instead their food has great New England flavor and a beautiful view. My experience at Top of the Hub the second time around was as great as the first, and I knew that my meal wouldn't be complete without a bowl of clam chowder:
This is an amazing bowl of chowder. It's creamy, but not too thick- you can see the wonderful bits of clam floating all around the bowl- it's peppery, and garlicky and just perfectly represents the perfect chowder. I even love the peppery crackers that come in place of oyster crackers.
For my main course I had the Spaghettini with braised baby clams, pancetta, and roasted garlic and tomatoes. It was absolutely fantastic and I loved it so much that I tried to recreate it at home during the week. Unfortunately, there is no photo because we were all caught up in celebrating! There's no photo of the beautiful view either, but rest assured that both the view and the Spaghettini are worth a trip to Top of the Hub.