I am very serious when I say Old Fisherman's Grotto has the best clam chowder I have ever tasted, and I have tasted a lot of chowders. Located on Monterey's fisherman's wharf, they first lured me in with a free sample outside the restaurant. From there, you can either purchase a container to go or sit down in their restaurant for comfortable dining with an ocean view. Their largest order of chowder is served in a giant shell shaped bowl and is definitely a hefty meal on its own. I have never gotten past it to try anything else. If you haven't had enough by then, you can bring a few cans home with you, or order them online later.