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Aug 29, 2007 10:12 AM

Not to be Missed in Charlestown, RI?

Will be spending the weekend in Charlestown/Ninigret area for the Rhythm & Roots Fest. Besides the great food on site, I wonder if there is anything in the area not to miss?

We would be most interested in great seafood, but good breakfast/brunch spots would be of interest too. Anything else that is a favorite, but not too fancy?

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  1. You might try the Cove Restaurant in Charlestown. Casual and good seafood.

    Jerry Saywell

    1. I haven't been, but there is an all-you-can-eat-in-two-hours seafood and steak buffet (includes lobster) at a place called the Nordic Lodge. No idea if it's any good or not.

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      1. re: bachslunch

        For $70/person, it better be good.
        I don't like going to places like that anymore; I tend to overeat :(

        1. re: TheWizard

          the meat end of it sometimes is over cooked but the avg lobster at supermarket prices is about 8 bucks so if you can do 5-6 you more or less get your monies worth the shrimp and king crab is good and if you make it to the dessert area you can have a banana split made with haagen-daz ice cream

      2. The Village Bakery has good muffins and scones and great organic coffee. Nowhere to sit inside but a couple of chairs and small tables, so it's really a take-out kind of place. They're on the corner of Matunuck Schoolhouse Road and Breachway Road.

        The Cove is a favorite of ours. Casual, good seafood, good drinks. There's a bar that always has the Red Sox and you can watch the game from certain tables in the dining room. They're right on Post Road, across the street from the post office.

        Avoid Chowda and Clamcakes across the street from Village Bakery. Ecch. That goes for the Hitching Post, too. Double ecch.

        A lot of people really like the General Stanton Inn. We like going there for drinks. Food, not so much. Kind of stodgy, American "faire". Well done, but a bit boring.

        Kingston Pizza is a regular destination for us. I love their buffalo chicken pizza as well as the moussaka variety with eggplant and meatballs. Yum. Grinders are good, too.

        Enjoy the festival! We'll be there on Sunday.

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        1. re: Bivalve88

          Kingston Pizza would be my pick for a quick bite, definitely -- excellent grinders, too. I sometimes crave one in particular -- eggplant with a yogurt sauce and cold cuts. mmmm. I used to really enjoy The Cove, too -- haven't been in years though.

          Snazzier, and right nearby across the "border" into Westerly, is the Shelter Harbor Inn. It's tucked back from Rte 1 (go south from Ninigret) -- just about 10 mins away. They offer a formal dining menu as well as a (less expensive and equally delicious) tavern menu on weeknights.

          If you end up heading to the beach, grab breakfast at Crazy Burger on Boon Street in Narragansett. This is my favorite breakfast in Rhode Island, maybe even anywhere on the East Coast!

        2. I always go to Champlins down by the Ferry to Block Island in Jerusalem, not too far far the festival. It's a great place to get a good lobster and sit, have a drink and watch the boats come in.

          Does anyone know if Mom's is still in Narragansett? I always went their for breakfast when camping down at Burlingame.

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          1. re: biggirlco

            I agree with Champlin's - but - it's in Galilee, not Jerusalem, which puts it another 20 minutes away.

            Jerry Saywell

          2. I second Crazy Burger for lunch or breakfast,
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