Mass. tavern boss happy as clam with chowder title

Posted July 04, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.

BOSTON — A restaurant celebrating its 25th anniversary this year also is celebrating the prestigious title of Boston’s Best Chowder.

More than 200 gallons of clam chowder were ladled out to thousands of people at a contest called Chowderfest here on Sunday to determine who makes New England’s signature dish of clams, cream and potatoes the best.

The winner: Clancy’s Restaurant in Dennisport, on Cape Cod.

Clancy’s Restaurant and tavern manager Joan Perez says a lot of passion and late-night hours by the “incredible” kitchen staff went into the chowder. She says the chowder title is especially dear to the Clancy’s staff because owner Guy Erickson died in April.

The 30th annual Chowderfest was part of Boston Harborfest, a Fourth of July festival showcasing the city’s heritage. Six restaurants competed.

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