Pardon me for being glutenous for a moment, but I have something I need to get off my chest.

I had an epiphany the other day that involved food (this happens a lot with me) and I know it's been done before, but I have yet to see it in this neck of the woods. Since the SouthCoast is seafood central, and clam chowder is on just about every menu, this could be quite a popular idea. Especially since it involves french fries and I have yet to dine out at a place that doesn't serve a side of fries with its entrees.

Hear me out: what if we took clam chowder and poured it over a basket of fries? Seriously, where the "clam chowdah fries" at?

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It most certainly has been done, just with other toppings such as the following:

  • The Canadians chopped up some potatoes, fired them up and dumped a bunch of gravy and cheese on top, and called it poutine.
  • The Portuguese have smothered thinly cut fries with Mozambique sauce.
  • The Americans have drenched shoe-string potatoes with cheese sauce.

So why not make it a local tradition and top off a plate of seasoned fries with some delicious clam chowder? It's a savory appetizer that's yearning to find a place here on the SouthCoast.

It's simple, it's not cost-effective, and it's a tasty new way to eat clam chowder. I dip my clam cakes in my bowl of chowder as a "sauce" per se, so what's the difference between that and fries? I hope I've made my point because all this talk of food is making me hungry.

PS- Full-Disclosure, I give any restaurant owner, worker, server, etc permission to take this idea and run with it. Just do me the favor and let me know when the deed has been done and I'll be there faster than you can say "chowdah fries".

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