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Ed's Chowder House
Posted by Susan on 12/01/2010
I have had dinner at Ed's Chowder House several times, and really enjoyed the food and the ambiance. So when my good friend's were having their 30th anniversary, I suggested Ed's for the celebration. There were eight of us. No one else had ever been there before except my husband and myself. When we arrived, we were shown to a very spacious round booth (which is great for conversation). They all loved the spacious, luxurious atmosphere. When the waiter arrived, knowing it was for a special occasion, brought over champagne. We then looked over the menu, and placed our order. I shared the most delicious thick cut french toast with caramelized bananas and pecans, and an open faced omelet with lobster, onions and spinach with my friend. It tasted as good as it sounds. The rolls and corn sticks were also delicious. Our waiter and the bus boys were more than knowledgeable and attentive. The water glass were filled whenever needed. Then came dessert. How can you choose? They all sounded so delicious! We ordered the banana cream pie (to die for) and the apple crisp with ice cream. They were kind enough to also send over the chocolate mousse cake. There was none left! My friend, whose anniversary it was, is going to have a college reunion for 15 people in April. She already booked Ed's Chowder House for the dinner!
Posted by BAU on 11/29/2010
The Chowder House came highly recomended and I was expecting good things. The decor is beautiful and the bar staff is great, but that's where it ends. The lobster rolls were no better than food cart mediocre and the cod entre was totally inedible.
Posted by anonymous on 11/06/2010
my son wanted to take the family out to a nice place to eat and chose Ed's. i should have known we were in trouble when the elevator was out of service & my wife & I, bad knees and all, had to walk up the stairs. The atmosphere was nice. The waiter answered all our questions and was accommodating. The NE Clam chowder was nothing to speak of - chewy clams and not very hot. The wedge salad was the smallest i've ever seen. The calamari portion was also small; the lump crabmeat was ok. my younger son and i had the broiled shrimp - 6 not so jumbo pieces. the mashed potatoes came out cold, were returned, and the second order a little warmer than the first. my older son had the smallest piece of salmon i ever saw in a restaurant. the double lamb chops my wife ordered-she asked that they be split-were also the smallest ever. she asked the waiter if he was sure they were double lamb chops and he quickly said yes. my wife couldn't believe what she had heard. she LOVES lambchops and orders them quite often when we eat out. the service was on the slow side. it's a good thing they serve small baskets of rolls/biscuits w/butter or we would have left as though never have eaten. my younger son stated that everything tasted like horseradish. The worst part was that my older son paid the bill and we felt terrible that he paid so much for so little. and he said that he'd eaten there before. we could have eaten in so many places in the city for the same money with much better food and portions. this was our first and last visit here.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2010
$5 for a tiny glass of ice tea that was nothing special and no refills. Manager not helpful and could not care less about customers. This is a tourist trap, skip it!
Posted by Anonymour on 10/28/2010
Lunch special 1/2 lobster sandwich (all bread and virtually no lobster) and cup of chowder (so small) was poor value for the $18. Made up with french fries. Left hungry. Manager uncooperative in initially giving us a window table saying it was reserved when it was not. Poor attitude. Waiters were good.
Posted by JBD on 10/05/2010
It is not fair the quantity or caliber of food you get for the price. The staff must know this place's days are numbered because they were generally disinterested.
Posted by anonymous on 10/04/2010
Small portions at a huge price. I've never seen a cup of chowder so small. It was about 1/4 of the size of a normal cup - There were maybe 4 tablespoons in there. Lobster roll for $26 mostly roll; little lobster. Worst part was that 3 of us spent $200 including a 20% tip. We were asked to give up our BAR table so they could seat people who were waiting. To top it off, we left hungry, and the 3 of us are small women.