Seaside Stories

Must-Eat Clam Chowders in Seaside

March 11, 2017 | by Shellie Bailey-Shah

Clam Chowder

Sand. Surf. And clam chowder. Yep, these are a few of the essential ingredients to any Seaside visit. But finding a cup of chowder that pleases everyone? That’s not so easy. Some chowder connoisseurs seek out the thickest, creamiest concoctions; others prefer the brothier bowls. Seaside serves both, plus a one-of-kind chowder made with Oregon ale. Nearly 20 eateries offer their unique take on this classic coastal dish. Here’s a sampler of what you’ll taste around town — grab your oyster crackers and start spooning!

Norma’s Seafood & Steak

Named by Epicurious.com as one of the best soups in the country, Norma’s (20 N. Columbia St.) has earned the right to be a little braggy. No wonder they call it their “World Famous Clam Chowder.” Chock full of potatoes and select clams, this chowder is pork-free and served with fresh baked bread or garlic toast. The downtown restaurant also boasts hormone and antibiotic-free natural angus beef. And with an extensive kids’ and wee little ones’ menu, families will feel right at home.

Doogers Seafood & Grill

Located in downtown Seaside, Doogers (505 Broadway St.) ladles a brothier chowder that’s so good, the restaurant actually sells clam chowder kits that you can take home and recreate in your own kitchen. Doogers serves up a good selection of other seafood, as well.  Portions are big here, so you may want to share or opt for a half order.

The Crabby Oyster

While some restaurants use canned clams in their chowders, that won’t pass muster at The Crabby Oyster (150 Broadway St.). Its chowder is made fresh everyday, creamy and full of rich flavors. Opt for a cup, bowl or the heartier bread bowl.

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze (84774 U.S. Highway 101) is one of those small, unassuming restaurants that you could easily drive right by on Highway 101. It’s not fancy, but the food is top notch. You’ll know because you’ll likely be dining with locals. The chowder here is rich and filled with tender clams. And don’t skip dessert, like blackberry pie à la mode. You’ll be so satisfied that you may find yourself back for what some folks say is the best breakfast on the Oregon Coast.

Seaside Brewing Co.

Chock full of clams, bacon and beer, the chowder at Seaside Brewing Co. (851 Broadway St.) is a twist on the classic. The brewery, once the old Seaside City Jail and Town Hall, uses coastal rainwater, filtered down through the forests and into area streams and rivers as the base of its brews. The folks here even have a specific beer to pair with your cup.  So cheers to chowder!

and so much more!

COVID: What to Expect at Hotels and Vacation Rentals

Great news for those craving the revitalizing sea air and the sounds of the crashing surf from your balcony: Seaside’s hotels an...

Learn More
Honeymooning in Seaside

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is also planning the honeymoon (and I’ve been collecting ideas for both)! Many couples dream of the ideal honeymoon location, and on the top of their list should be Seaside! Sand, sea, and surf, along with amazing places to stay, eat, and be merry.

Learn More
COVID: What to Expect Dining In or Taking Out 

The local beer and Northwest wines are flowing, the traditional ice cream and artisanal gelato is ready to scoop, and your favorit...

Learn More
Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul in Seaside

Seaside is more than its well-earned reputation for fun and shopping along famed Broadway Street. It’s also home to pampering sp...

Learn More
Beach Blanket Bingo

Going back to the early 1960s, we look at beach culture.

Learn More
How to Bike Seaside in Every Season

If you like to ride a bike, there’s something for everyone in Seaside and something for every season, too. Be it a family of five, an avid mountain biker, friends on a weekend outing, a couple on a date, or someone who likes to combine biking and outdoor exploration, Seaside’s trails and roads, paved and otherwise, have you covered. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy biking in Seaside throughout the year. Here are some great biking experiences recent visitors have enjoyed in and around Seaside. Get inspired to plan your own trip.

Learn More
Seaside Golf Club

A look at the history of the Seaside Golf Club.

Learn More
Knights of Summer: Seaside’s Lifeguarding Tradition

Seaside has had a rich lifeguard tradition for almost 100 years.

Learn More
From Arcade to Aquarium: 8 Things To Do When It’s Raining In Seaside

When it rains, you’ll have plenty to do in Seaside, Oregon. Photo: Rupert Britton Our charming oceanfront town is, after all, in...

Learn More
Fruits of Your Labor

Picking blackberries on the Oregon Coast, local coastal berries

Learn More
Camping in Seaside

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. One of my very favorite things to do during Memorial Day weekend is to go camping. I love setting up the tents, snuggling in a warm sleeping bag, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and smelling like a campfire all weekend. I love every bit of it! If you’ve never camped by the Pacific Ocean then you are missing out! You get to add the salty air, sandy beach, and all the benefits of being near Seaside to add to your camping experience.

Learn More
My First Trip to Seaside

Recalling a memorable first trip to Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
The Beer 101 Pint Pass

While attending the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism, I met Brandon Holmes, co-founder of technology startup Bandwan...

Learn More
Alcohol Server Training at Clatsop Community College

Alcohol server training certificate at Clatsop Community College in South County Center

Learn More
Driving the Oregon Coast Highway

Unique views are plentiful along all 363 miles

Learn More
Rebranding Seaside Gives us new Opportunity for Promoting Seaside

How do you describe Seaside to your friends, neighbors and relatives? Better yet, how would you, if asked? You may have an answer ...

Learn More
A Little Kid on a Big Beach

At the beach, the world feels wild and young again. This photo of an anonymous 3 year-old boy in the early 1940s is an iconic portrayal of Seaside’s treasured experience.

Learn More