How to Celebrate National Chowder Day

Hint: It’s in West Chester.

National Chowder Day hits restaurants Wednesday, Jan. 21. Whether you need an excuse to warm up this winter or are craving a piping hot bowl of chowder, West Chester’s Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House encourages you to celebrate this food holiday full-throttle.

On Wednesday during lunch and dinner, all of Doc Magrogan’s four locations will be serving a free cup of chowder to eager celebrators. If you want to up the ante on your soup-themed holiday, you also have the option of ordering a flight of the site’s four house chowders, which include varieties like spicy Maryland crab, tomato and corn; New England clam; Skuna Bay salmon and dill; and loaded baked Idaho potato.

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Chowder flights are available for $7 each through January, with individual cups priced at $5 and bowls available at $6. Take your comfort food lunch or dinner to the next level by requesting the chowder in a homemade bread bowl, offered for a dollar extra.

Find Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House locally at 17 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 429-4046; 3432 Sansom St., University City, (215) 382–3474,

Additional Chowder Day activities include Philadelphia’s Oyster House’s inaugural Chowder Awareness Fun Run, which is free to the public and starts promptly at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m). The 5K, led by an oversized lobster, will begin and end at the Sansom Street-based restaurant, winding down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and looping around the Art Museum. Complimentary bowls of Oyster House’s New England Clam Chowder and cans of Narragansett Lager will be served to participants at the finish. More info at

Photo Courtesy of Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

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