I have been going to the "Chowder House" for over 40 years. In all that time, almost nothing has changed. But sometimes, lack of change is a very good thing. The house goes back to the mid-1800's, the wallpaper to what looks like the 1950's, and the menu is basically unchanged for as long as I can remember. So going here, you get the real "old Cape Cod". And you also get the most definitive New England clam chowder I know of - again with a recipe not changed since before I was a toddler. I have tried many chowders in many places (somewhat of a passion for me), and the Chowder House remains on top.
As for the rest of the food, it is pretty average, though sometimes the fish can be very good. The wait staff is always friendly, and chatting with the servers is a bit of a tradition here. Prices are reasonable. For me, the best thing to do here is go for lunch, ordering some salad, white wine and of course chowder.
By the way, the chowder can be taken out, which a whole lot of locals do.
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