Here are several places in the metro where you can find a nice hot bowl of New England clam chowder in Kansas City today, National Clam Chowder Day. The Savoy Grill at 219 West Ninth Street offers a bowl for $8.75 (it also serves Manhattan clam chowder). The Bristol at 51 East 14th Street has the clam chowder on its Restaurant Week
menu, but usually a bowl goes for $7.50. And McCormick & Schmick's at 448 West 47th Street serves a bowl for $5.99.
The local outposts of the Panera Bread cafes serve chowder - the New England version - only on Fridays.
And what is the difference between New England clam chowder and the Manhattan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Delaware versions? Read on.
Manhattan clam chowder is tomato-based, with tomatoes (often canned) in place of milk. Rhode Island clam chowder is made with a clear broth. New Jersey clam chowder is another cream-based soup but includes potatoes, bacon and asparagus among the ingredients. Delaware clam chowder includes cubes of salt pork.
And where in landlocked Kansas City do you go for clam chowder?