While the name of the chowder at Joe’s at the Barleyneck Inn is “Kick-Ass New England Clam Chowder,” we are not sure that this chowder lives up to its name. While there were a decent amound of clams in this recipe, there wasn’t much flavor and the consistency was much too thick for our taste. It was only slightly improved with a lot of salt and pepper. With a bit of seasoning this chowder might be Kick-Ass, but we just didn’t think it was at this time.
On a positive note, the pub grub at Joe’s is generally good – tasty thin crust pizza, juicy burgers, and a rib special that literally fell off the bone. And, October is a fantastic time to visit as Joe cleans out his wine cellar annually and all bottles are discounted at 50%! And this is no shabby wine list either – it has been a yearly recipient of the Wine Spectator Restaurant Award of Excellence since 2001.