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$10 for $20 Worth of Seafood and Café Fare
True to its name, this quaint café boasts a New England–style clam chowder with tender clams and no potatoes ($4–$5). Other sea-inspired selections include fish tacos ($9), a fresh-baked Lake Erie walleye sandwich ($12), and seafood pasta with sweet tender scallops and shrimp ($19). See the lunch and dinner menu or Sunday brunch menu.
Chowder House Cafe
First-time visitors to Chowder House Cafe often fixate on the dining room’s walls—or lack thereof, as every square inch has been painted over with electric flowers, guitar players, crowned kings, and other artistic testaments to the café’s funky and unconventional outlook. This same outlook makes its way onto the menu, which features the namesake clam chowder alongside salads, sandwiches, and dinner entrees similarly inspired by the sea. Aside from brunch’s traditional omelets and buttermilk pancakes drenched in fresh Ohio maple syrup, a crab cake benedict celebrates the weekend atop a toasted ciabatta roll. Regardless of the time of day, a considerate BYOB policy accommodates the sailors who often stumble into the café with unlabeled bottles of clam juice.