My mother, 10 year old daughter, my uncle and myself ate at the Chowder Hourse on two different nights in May of 2013. My mother daughter and I were in town visiting my aunt and uncle and wanted a place that served seafood ( something that is a treat for us coming from upstate NY ). My uncle recommended the Chowder House as he and my aunt often eat here or get take out.....This restaurant seems to be quite popular with the locals. If it had not been for my uncle, we never would have heard of it or found it for that matter as it is tucked away in a far corner of a strip plaza. I am under the impression that May is considered the 'off season' meaning that the restaurant closes at 8:00 PM. Some days they are open for lunch though we did not visit during lunch hours.
The inside of the restaurant is quaintly decorated in the typical nautical theme and contains both booths and tables. It was clean and a comfortable place to enjoy dinner.
The menu is quite extensive with a variety of appetizers many fo which were on special for $4.99 both nights we were there. There are soups available as regular menu items as well as a chowder and soup of the day. As expected, there are many seafood entrees available ranging from fish prepared a variety of ways to seafood platters and pastas to a very nice slection of non seafood entrees such as chicken parm, meatloaf and steaks. There is also a children's menu available. The Chowder House serves a selection of beers and wines as well as iced teas and pepsi products.
The first night we were there it was around 6:30 PM and they were quite busy for a Thursday. We all ordered the chowder of the day ( a corn and crab ) and it was very good. Also brought to the table was a basket containing rolls, butter and crackers. I had the shrimp and spinach alfredo and it was excellent! My mother had the seafood linguine and found it to be very good. My uncle had the fried grouper and said it was tasty. My daughter had the chicken fingers and seemed to like them. We went back the very next night which was Friday....We had spent the day at the beach and it was on our way back into town on route 54 and it was an easy stop plus my mother wanted to try a few other things she had seen on the menu. This time we ordered the mussels and coconut shrimp with orange marmalad as appetizers and both were outstanding! As an entree, my mother had the baked stuffed haddock, my uncle the meatloaf, my daughter the grilled cheese and shrimp cocktail and I again had the shrimp and spinach alfredo. I tried my mother's baked stuffed haddock and the stuffing was excellent and contained small scallops and shrimp....the fish itself was a bit dry but overall the dish was very good. My mother also had the lobster bisque which was very good albeit a bit too salty. The Chowder House offered are a variety of fresh baked desserts inclduing apple pie, cheesecake, coconut creme pie, etc. and I'm sure the dessrts change periodically depending on what the person who does the baking chooses. We did try the dessrts the first night specifically the coconut creme pie, the white raspberry filled cake and the apple pie. I enjoyed the raspberry filled white cake. The apple pie and cocnut creme pie were typical of what I've had elsewhere.
The wait staff both evenings were extremely friendly and seemed genuinely concerned that we enjoy or our experience and our food.
We did enjoy our two evenings dning at the Chowder House and would definitely go back the next time we are back in Zephyrhills.
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