Portsmouth restaurant takes 2nd for seafood chowder

The Melville Grille crews poses for a photo after taking second place in the “Best Seafood Chowder” category at the Great Chowder Cook-Off Saturday in Newport. The Melville Grille crews poses for a photo after taking second place in the “Best Seafood Chowder” category at the Great Chowder Cook-Off Saturday in Newport.
The Melville Grille crews poses for a photo after taking second place in the “Best Seafood Chowder” category at the Great Chowder Cook-Off Saturday in Newport.

The Melville Grille crews poses for a photo after taking second place in the “Best Seafood Chowder” category at the Great Chowder Cook-Off Saturday in Newport.

PORTSMOUTH — The Melville Grille’s popular Portuguese Fish Chowder once again dazzled the tastebuds of judges at the Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off in Newport.

At the 33rd annual event held at the Newport Yachting Center Saturday, the restaurant at 1 Lagoon Road took second place in the “Best Seafood Chowder category.

Melville Grille is no stranger to success at the Chowder Cook-Off. It won the “seafood category” in both 2012 and 2013 and took second place in 2011.

Thousands of chowder-lovers savored the sumptuous soups prepared by some of the best chefs in the nation and from “across the pond.”

“Stefano’s (Long Beach Island, N.J.) won its third title in a row in the clam category, which means they are now in the Great Chowder Cook-Off Hall of Fame, while The West Bar from Ireland beat out two-time local champion the Melville Grille in the seafood category and Rhode Island’s own TRIO in Narragansett was deemed the most creative chowder of the day,“ said Mike Martin, director of Newport Waterfront Events. “However, the real winners were the thousands of attendee-judges who came out to enjoy all the chowder and entertainment, as well as the local charities that benefited from the event.”

For more information, visit www.newportwaterfrontevents.com.

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