I discovered The Chowder Barge the way the world use to find places. I saw their sign.
On the way over the Vincent Thomas Bridge to do an errand in the LBC, we were rerouted a way we've never been due to construction. Being essentially in the heart of the Port of Long Beach, we drove passed freight containers stacked many stories high, shipping industry related equipment of all shapes & sizes, a few all nude strip clubs and several cruising semi trucks, some hauling freight & others deadheading. And then there was the sign I mentioned.
After parking in the small marina where the barge of The Chowder Barge is moored, we walked down the docks and in through a nondescript looking door and....well, you're going to have to go experience it for yourself.
For the sheer seafaring aesthetics alone, you could spend many, many rounds looking admiring this place from the vantage point of your table. Warning to the full bar only patron, this is beer & wine, but you can buy pitchers or get the massive sized Captain's Mug of beer. The menu is pretty basic, but expansive so whatever your hankering or dietary needs, you going to be able to find something you can & will want to eat. I devoured a salmon sandwich and the memory has been haunting me even since. I'll need to go back again this summer.
And I haven't even gotten into the Hollywood history, the Thomas Pynchon connection or the many, many times this restaurant was used to depicted other places in film & television productions. So I will leave the rest for you to investigate.
So when munchies happen, seriously consider The Chowder Barge.
Photo credit: Jocelyn Duke