Dining At Tony’s Chowder House Mt Dora
Tony’s Chowder House in Mount Dora is located at 622 N Donnelly Street in the historic downtown district. The building was built in 1925.
The Chowder House began operations in February 2019. The restaurant was created to honor the famous clam chowder, thus named “The Chowder House”.
The 3 founders of The Chowder House is Chef Eric, Chef Sam and Bill Martin.
Tony’s is casual dining with beer and wine. Outdoor seating is available.
The Chowder House is a very small establishment. Larger parties may not be able to be accommodated. During peak hours there can be longer wait times.
If you enter during busy times please be patient.
Tony’s inside dining area features Tony’s brand awareness of the chowder and a funky twist with vintage and retro memories from a 100 year old copy of the Mona Lisa, to a dated reproduction of Whistlers Mother, photos of old New England with it’s Chowder Houses of yesteryear as well as odd nautical artifacts.
Due to the limited size of the inside dining area reservations are not accepted.
Restaurant hours vary. Please check our seasonal hours prior to driving.
Tony’s is a ground floor establishment so accessibility is good. Parking in downtown Mount Dora can be very difficult. There is a very small parking area directly in front of the restaurant.
We do have gift certificates available in house at Tony’s for sale.
622 N Donnelly St
Mount Dora, Florida 32625
Mon-Thur: 11am - 3pm
Fri & Sat: 11am - 8pm
Seasonal dinner hours may vary. We request that you please call ahead to verify our closing hour.
The ‘Tony’s Story’
Tony’s Seafood Restaurant opened its doors in June of 2005 on the small island city of Cedar Key, three miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring fresh gulf seafood, Tony’s 54-seat eatery in the historic downtown area of Cedar Key first introduced its famous clam chowder after being open just one month.
Chef Eric, Tony’s founder and owner, created the amazing recipe right in Tony’s tiny little kitchen while working on a variety of other new dishes. Eric lived in the New England area for 12 years back in the ‘80s and sampled chowders all over the Northeast region. Thus was created what soon would become a clam chowder icon and the greatest champion of the international clam chowder championship.
Folks constantly try to guess the ingredients and frequently request the recipe. The secret formula is not available and only Chef Eric knows it’s true identity. Even Bon Appetite magazine’s request for the recipe was politely rejected back in 2007.
The popularity of the chowder grew as more diners took note. Eventually Tony’s customers asked for take home quarts and gallons. Many chowder lovers asked Tony’s to consider taking it to the Great Chowder Cook-off held in June each year in Newport, Rhode Island.
In September 2008, Tony’s launched its website to sell chowder online. Soon it added a fully functional concession trailer to take the chowder all over Florida to festivals and events. Media from far and wide took note of this up and coming phenomenon, even Dan DeWitt of the St. Petersburg Times noted that it was the “best bowl of clam chowder I ever dipped a spoon into…Even adding a few grains of pepper would be defacing a masterpiece.”
In late 2008, the Great Chowder Cook-off made a formal invitation for Tony’s to complete on a world stage with its signature chowder. In early 2009, Chef Eric accepted the challenge and began preparations to compete for the clam chowder world championship.
On Saturday June 6, 2009 Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder won the 28th Annual Great Chowder Cook-off and claimed the title, Clam Chowder World Champion.
Back for another title hunt in New England, Tony’s took to the field again on June 5, 2010 and for the second consecutive year won the 29th Annual Great Chowder Cook-off claiming another Clam Chowder World Championship.
At stake on June 4, 2011 was a third title and a chance for the recipe to be retired into the Cook-Off Hall of Fame. Not even a Grand Champion Chowder from New Jersey could deny Tony’s from a third world championship. For the third year in a row Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder captured the title and did so with impressive style in another landslide victory.
With Tony’s third title in three years and the recipe retired into the Great Chowder Cook-off Hall of Fame, the future is still bright for what many fans call the “King of Chowder”.
Tony’s World Champion Cedar Key Clam Chowder has made bowl-lickers of many fans!
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