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Feb 21, 2005 02:22 PM

Rhode Island Food Specialities

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We will be vacationing in the South County area of RI during the first week of August, 2005. I would like some recommendations for the food specialities of RI - such as johnny cakes and any others, and where to get the best ones of whatever you recommend.
Thank you so much!

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  1. You'll need to get a Del's, a frozen lemonade drink which is a Rhode Island specialty. There are stands in a number of places. There's also a fantastic, old-fashioned donut place called Allie's in North Kingstown.

    The best place I knew for jonnycakes was Cafe on the Common, in Little Compton, but it burned down last year. Perhaps someone knows if they've rebuilt?

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    1. re: winedude

      Please don't tell me that "Cafe on the Common" was some sort of trendoid renaming of Common's Lunch, which has long been known as a prime jonnycake spot.

      If so, perhaps there's some cosmic justice at work. You don't ditch a classic name like "Common's Lunch," which had one of the great apostrophes of all time.

      1. re: Bob W.

        My Aunt and Uncle own Common's Lunch and I can assure you, they did not rename it !

      2. re: winedude
        Chris from hartford

        wow... this could go on for several pages

        Clam cakes(fritters) Aunt Carries (best) in narragansett or Georges (good)near point judith.

        Dels lemonade of course

        NY system weiners (not available in NY) with onions and meat sauce. Oneyville weiners or Nicks on cowesett ave in warwick

        casertas pizza (wow) fedeal hill providence

        "Grill on Main" in east greenich great place to get a good bite to eat--varied menu, burgers, steaks, great chowder semi bistro etc ... reasonable prices

        autocrat coffe syrup available in grocery stores

        wright's chicken farm (my wife reccomends this one)

        Allies donuts in N. Kingston on Rte 2.

        those are some of my favorites.

        1. re: Chris from hartford

          Wow! Thanks VERY much...I'm hungry already.

      3. The Kenyon Grist Mill, while not a restaurant, might make an interesting stop while you're in South County. They might also be able to direct you to local restaurants doing Johnnycakes. Their web site also makes note of a Charlestown Seafood Festival the first week in August.

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        1. re: Fort Point

          Sorry, double checked their web site and the listing was for 2004. You might check to see when the event is this year.

          1. re: Fort Point

            The Charlestown Seafood Festival is pretty much the same weekend every year. This year it will probably be held August 5th, 6th and 7th. There will be plenty of information available as the dates get closer. We haven't been there in several years, but I know it's very popular. If you're coming from another part of the country (or just another state), it's a good place to try all kinds of RI seafood.

          2. re: Fort Point

            Just remember that Kenyon's is not open on weekends.

          3. I also highly recommend Del's Lemonade...which is partially frozen and so good on a hot Summer day! Also, don't forget (at least to me) the obvious....lobster!

            1. I grew up in RI and not a whole lot changes. I really don't like Aunt Carries - but then the last time I went there was 40 years ago...when I'm home I go to Champlins in Galilee for a lobster roll and watch the boats go by or cross the parking lot to Georges for the heartstopping Crab Cakes. Of course I haven't seen Crabs in those crab cakes in 20 years. My favorite place for lobster though is Duffy's Tavern in North Kingstown..stone's throw from that quaint wickford village: Duffy's Tavern, 235 Tower Hill Road, N. Kingstown, 02852-0372, 294-3733. Order the lobster roll or any lobster dish. And no visit is complete without clam chowder from the Black Pearl on the wharf in Newport. I like clear chowder and this is a bit gooey for me but the ambience is what does it. The best chowder is my Mom's but oh well...have fun..enjoy the beach. Oh Dels is must stop for lemonade. There's also the doughboys and there's a place right next to Aunt Carries that's open in the summer. Chili dogs ..but not sure where for those...

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              1. re: Linda

                Oh my goodness, I don't know where I would eat if it wasn't for Aunt Carrie's. If you want the best clam cakes every it's the only place to go. It's the real stuff there. You can't go away without their homemade pie. Make sure you get there during the week while everyone is still at the beach and you can buy a loaf of their homemade bread, to die for. Fish and chips, yum, it's flounder, and a very thin breading not that thick batter and cod, that you have to peel the batter off to find the fish.

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