@CapeCodGuy: I couldn't have said that any better myself. Fresh Clams(Quahogs or equivalent) isn't only just as easy as opening a can of clams, it's a lot tastier! The thing I'm surprised with(and the whole reason for shucking and cooking the clams yourself) is using the ingredients that create the flavor of the chowdah!
No Fresh Clams, Bay Leaves, no White Pepper, no taste, NO CHOWDAH!
Nice to see someone else from Boston here in Chicago! If you're looking for some seafood(its even run by Sox fans!), then I suggest you try the New England Seafood Company Fish Market over on:
3341 N Lincoln Ave
I usually don't say this about food, but the chowda is wicked pissah!