Best spots for coastal trip from SW CT to Westerly/Charlestown, RI?
- pixellle Jul 8, 2003 08:47 PM
We are traveling along the coastline from Stamford, CT to Charlestown, RI for camping at Burlingame Campgrounds and beaching at Misquamicut. Chowhounds, tell me please two things: #1 - What are the best spots in the Charlestown/Westerly area, particularly clam shacks (is Aunt Carrie's, which I've read about here, in this area?) but other "don't miss" spots as well, and #2 - any places close to our traveling route worth taking time out to stop at on the way? Thanks! pixellle
Try Lenny's Fish Tale...There is one in Clinton, CT and another in Westbrook...great fried seafood and wonderful chowder.
Slightly north off US 1 is Captain Jack's (can't recall the name of the town, brain cramp - it's across the harbour from Point Judith. It is full of locals and no one goes home humgry. Fancy? not! but the seafood is very good and varied - from stuffies to italian style preps. It has become a regular for us and we try to get to the Westerly area often, it is a good central location for the area and a base for sightseeing Newport at a more reasonable cost.
Aunt Carrie's is near the very end of Pt. Judith Rd in Narragansett (just before the lighthouse). Used to be so good, and the porch eating area is still nice and very comfortable post-beach, but the food the past few times I've been has not been so great---just across the street, however, is Iggy's, which is a takeout window only, but picnic table or toting-to-lighthouse eating, and very, very good. My favorite chowder.
For quick fish stops; The Sea Swirl in Mystic is reported to have the best fried clams in CT, but I haven't been in years. I also suggest Cove Fish Market between Westerly and Mystic for fried fish dinners, crab rolls, chowder, etc...
Just a bit north of Westerly is Narragansett. There is a restaurant called the Amalfi that I would highly recommend for a nice sitdown dinner.
We live in Westerly, but love camping at Burlingame. The Cove on RT 1A in Charlestown seems to be on the up-swing as far as food goes. When the no-smoking thing passed it was important to offer better menus. We will be trying it again soon, will let you know.
In Westerly, (same strip mall as Subway and Curves, same side as Shaws ) is Guytannos, Excellent food, great service and value. The chille salad with duck breast is awesome! If you continue on RT 1 south is Two Little Fish, used to be part of Lenny and Joes chain. Very good fish and other fried items. I often pick up their cole-slaw and pass it off as my own. I think they know they have a winner there as the price went up, still worth it.
WB Cody's in Westerly, (across from Wal Mart) is a really fun, family place with great ribs. I think kids eat free on Sundays, but it has been awhile since I checked. Even with no kids, the bar is friendly, the prices and food are very good.
On the trip from Stanford I highly recommend the Seahorse in Noank Ct. I also love the Daniel Packer Inn in Mystic. If you are towing a camper though, that is probably not a great idea. Go for the Seahorse, you will not be sorry!
I just love it when people want to eat in my neck of the woods!
Totally forgot about Noank! Met a friend there once and ate at one of two clam shack-type places down a residential looking road. The two places are Abbott's and Costello's. Whichever one we visited (can't remember now, but it was the one more on the right----the last one you'd get to), I later heard that the other one was better. I said clam shack, but there's porch dining rooms and if you have kids, lots of room to run around.