Ivar’s Acres of Clams is a well-known member of the Ivar’s seafood restaurants family, which has been around since 1938. Ivar’s Acres of Clams is located along the Seattle Waterfront.
While there is a full-service restaurant attached to this particular location, most people, including me, come for the casual counter-service outdoors element. With eccentric “trivia” stunts and seagulls that will dive and snatch the fries out of your fingers, interacting with the environment is as much a part of the experience as the actual taste of the food.
You can eat in a very minimalist structure and read the funny signs…
Or go outside and feed the gulls.
I’ve had the chowder here many times. It’s more commercial-tasting than Duke’s Chowder House’s or Pike Place Chowder’s, but still good enough to order. However, this time I was alone so I just got the clam strips, which came fresh out of the fryer as usual. Clam strips are breaded and come with fries and are almost 1000 calories, so maybe I shouldn’t have ordered them on my own, but I ate it all. Because it was awesome. And that’s totally a valid reason.
Ketchup and tartar sauce are provided in convenient plastic tubs with orders involving chips (as fries are known in fish and chips). Malt vinegar and hot sauce are available for self-serve.
Next time I’ll come for the red chowder. A huge “tanker” size, with four servings at almost 32 fluid ounces, is still fewer calories than those clam strips. Unless I end up getting the chowder in a bread bowl. Which is 700 calories. :^)
Ivar’s Acres of Clams
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104