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America's best comfort foods: chowder at Dolphin Marina & Restaurant

Gene Ko


The Restaurant: Dolphin Marina & Restaurant, South Harpswell, ME

The Skinny: Hidden at the end of a country road in South Harpswell, this family-run marina-side restaurant’s fish chowder is a well-guarded local secret. The creamy haddock-laden soup has long had lobstermen’s nets in a twist, and since the restaurant opened in 1972, more than a few locals have waxed poetic about the unusually rich, smoky chowder. It comes with wonderful home-baked muffins made with small tart Maine blueberries. The simple menu also includes standard dockside fare like rolls and fried scallops—but with chowder this good, why bother? —Travel + Leisure staff


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