Real chowder is cream based and the best New England clam chowder is hotly debated.
So I won’t proclaim Mrs. O’Leary’s “the best”, but I will say along with Friendly’s (of all places), it’s an excellent chowder.
Where does one get Mrs. O’Leary’s? At Pizzaria Uno.
Of course, the story is bullcrap but the soup is the fishizzle. In 1871 if one wanted clams they had to live near a large saltwater source. Chicago is about as far, especially in 1871 distances, from either coast as you can get. So I doubt Mrs. O’Leary ever made or ate chowder, but I salute Uno’s for stealing her name for the soup. (more…)