Marty and I joined our friends Russ and Peggy on a quest to check out Chowder Heads in the Driftwood Plaza on US One in Jupiter. We had a fun evening. If you sit inside you get to meet their humorous and smart-aleck bartender Harry. Harry has a tough job choosing between the two kinds of Chardonnay they offer – the better of the two comes with your own metal screw top. Suffice it say their wine list is not the reason we like Chowder Heads and will definitely go back. The good news is you can bring you own wine for a fifteen dollar corkage fee.
We ordered all three of their “Wicked Good” Appetizers plus their fresh and crispy but moist fried oysters. The Crab Martini, Fried Clams and Fried Oysters were all great! When we go again I will also order a side of their Onion Strings as a sharing appetizer. When hot they were as good as onion rings get. We hear their bisque and Clam Chowder is excellent but we had so many apps we moved on to entrees.
All four us highly recommend the “Hot Lobster Roll” and preferred it to the cold lobster roll. The crispy, buttered bun and steamed lobster is a winner. The sides – including the onion strings, french fries, and Jimmy Co’s Slaw were all good as well.
For dessert things sort of bottomed out. They weren’t bad but were sort of on par with the wine list.
Reading my review you will get the impression Chowder Heads is a “carbohydrate” and fried foods joint. For us it was because that’s what we like. However, they also offer salads, fresh raw oysters and a variety of shrimp and lobster for our friends who eat healthy or actually like food that isn’t fried. This is really a good New England Seafood place – what Cod & Capers wants to be. I could be wrong but I don’t think they serve any variety of meat or chicken.
The outside seating is pretty nice with the sound of the Driftwood water fountain. Our server Ashley is a great kid and all the servers work as a team and helped each other out. Ed the Host, Harry and all the servers were friendly and helped make Chowder heads a place we will try again soon.
We enjoyed the food, service, casual atmosphere and thought Chowder Heads is Excellent Value.