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“As Autumn Makes a Shy Appearance”

Billy's Chowder House
Ranked #9 of 71 Restaurants in Wells
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Wells, ME
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“As Autumn Makes a Shy Appearance”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

As Autumn makes a shy appearance this year, following a warm and welcoming summer, we have been stopping by Billy's more frequently for some clam chowder. Cup or Bowl, it only depends on our hunger at the time. This chowder is the real New England Style. Hearty pieces of clam, delicious chowder base, and nothing artificial in it. As a native of Northern New England who has roamed and rambled, I will say this chowder is the standard. No, I don't put crackers or anything in my chowder, because I will not tamper with perfection.

  • Visited September 2012
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Mount Dora, Florida, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Consistently good food”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We have been going here for years. The food is consistently good. Everybody is an expert on chowder and I guess it depends on expectations. In Florida where we live in winter, it is as thick as wallpaper paste. Billy's is very good and enjoyed by most "Mainers". Lobster stew is the best I've had anywhere. Lots of meat! My favorite is the scallop rolls, but fish and chips are a close second.
The crowed parking lot off season says it all. They have valet parking now which makes it painless. Anybody who doesn't give this five stars doesn't know good Maine seafood.

  • Visited September 2012
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Orlando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lobstah served many ways”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Great atmosphere, very good food, servers were prompt and efficient, loved their style of chowder, so many choices you need to visit more than once. Quickly gets crowded, early dining is best.

Visited August 2012
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Lanesborough, MA
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Eating Chowder from a can...”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Some of the comments made here, are definitely NOT folks from New England. Real New England Clam chowder doesn't have the thick base as "canned/commercial" products have. Also, the comment about grease floating on top: Real chowder is made with the freshest ingredients, including butter. Hence the little dollops of golden liquid sitting atop the chowder. So, if you don't like real chowder, stick with the canned chowder. We're from Massachusetts and love this place. Just wish it wasn't so darn far away. I'd be there each and every week. And please don't be put off by these few negatives. You can't please some people, ever!!!!

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank MariPar163
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Chicopee, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“LOVE BILLY'S CHOWDAH”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

I LOVE Billy's Chowder House- EVERYTHING about it! The atmosphere, the food, the drinks, the staff.. all amazing. My favorite is their lobster roll. The chowder is delicious too. I go there every year I go to Maine and look forward to next year already.

  • Visited August 2012
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