I"m always on the prowl for really good clam chowder, which is harder to find that you'd think, especially in a seaside town.
At Sea Pal, you place your order at the counter, get a number, and then find a table. We started out indoors but it really smelled of slightly rancid oil, so we went out to the rear deck. Only one table had any shade and it was occupied, so we had to eat with our backs to the view.
My chowder was very good. Most are thickened with a flour slurry; the best are thickened with the potatoes in the soup. The difference is obvious. The chowder I had here was thickened with potato. It had big fat clams and big chunks of cooked potato and carrot. It comes in two sizes; the small, which I had, is about a cup, and the large is maybe two cups. That's what my husband had - it's a meal.
I also had a salad, which came with a balsamic vinaigrette. None of the dressings are house-made, but the salad was fresh and tasty and the dressing was pretty good.
I think we paid something like $25. Normally I'd say that's too much for two soups, a salad, and a beer, but this chowder is substantial enough that we didn't need to eat again for another six hours.
I can't talk about the other menu offerings because we didn't try them.
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