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A week in narragansett....where to eat?

OrganicLife Jun 2, 2008 03:29 AM


I'm thrilled to say I'll be spending a week in RI right on Sand Hill Cove. My goal is to eat as much real New England Seafood as I can. I spent lots of time in RI as a kid and grew up knowing what seafood should taste like. I've been in NY too long and they just don't get it.

Sooo...where should we go for lobsters, lobsters off the dock, for clams, for a fancy dinner out, for steaks, etc . Give me a week's worth of options! I think the only thing we won't want is fried food.

Also, I need a local healthfood store and where does one go to go clamming? I would love to dig and cook my own clams too!

Help me locals!

Thanks! See you soon!

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    biggirlco RE: OrganicLife Jun 2, 2008 06:03 AM

    Well I'm not a local (anymore) but I am also a RI raised girl, living in Vermont and missing my seafood! I returned every summer to camp in Charlestown, now with two kids it gets harder.... but when my husband and I did go we always went to Champlins by the Block Island Ferry for our Lobster and beer by the docks rage and there used to be this little seafood shack on the South side of route1, right before Burlingame Camping, he always had the best Sword and would put together a Clambake in a can so we could cook it on our campfire back at our tent. The thought of it is making me drool at 9 in the morning... but the clambake is how I remembered it being growing up, with Lobster, steamers, sweet and white potatoes, corn and flounder wrapped around sausage...sigh. I hope that shack is still there, I'm going back this year if it kills me. Have fun.

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      Sean RE: biggirlco Jun 2, 2008 06:53 AM

      Crave on Main street in Wakefield for "fancy":


      Trio just opened last week, a semi-upsacale steakhouse, I was very satisfied with my meal, awesome atmosphere. Located across the street from the Town beach:


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        JaneRI RE: Sean Jun 2, 2008 07:15 AM

        Sean, I think Trio is in Salt Pond Plaza, isn't it? Where the big Stop & Shop is, the freestanding bldg in the middle of the parking lot? That's a couple of miles from the beach.

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          Sean RE: JaneRI Jun 2, 2008 08:38 AM

          It is directly across the street from Warm Winds Surf Shop, they built it in the parking lot of the shopping center that Includes Amalfi and Cheeky Monkey.

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          JaneRI RE: Sean Jun 2, 2008 07:17 AM

          Interesting, I just mapquested it and it looks like.....near Basil's? Or Amalfi maybe? I thought they had talked of taking the bldg that tried to be an upscale Newport Creamery.

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            Blondie NE RE: JaneRI Jun 2, 2008 07:36 AM

            Jane, the new place in the Newport Creamery building in Salt Pond Plaza will be a Red Stripe restaurant. Trio was opened by the Newport Restaurant Group (The Mooring, Waterman Grill, etc) and is in fact across from Basil's. I can understand the confusion: both have taken forever to open.

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              Sean RE: Blondie NE Jun 2, 2008 08:41 AM

              I should probably read all the replies before I reply myself...

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                JaneRI RE: Blondie NE Jun 2, 2008 10:41 AM

                That's right, a Red Stripe. Yes now I remember that. The length of time and they are both part of established RI restaurant groups is what threw me I think.

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                Sean RE: JaneRI Jun 2, 2008 08:40 AM

                I heard that Red Stripe was in the process of aquiring that building.

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            JaneRI RE: OrganicLife Jun 2, 2008 07:13 AM

            Lobsters off the dock - just go to the docks in Galilee, you'll see signs. Champlins is a very reputable fish market right in the village as well and the stuff is right off the boats. They have an attached restaurant that's very good for casual seafood (take it up to the top deck but don't leave it unattended or the gulls will get it). You overlook the channel between Galilee & East Matunuck/Jerusalem. (avoid George's across the way - yuck).

            Crazy Burger a few blocks in from Narrangansett Town Beach is really really good. They serve b/l/d, and have a patio out back. A "hippyish" sort of place, lots of vegetarian choices (to give you an idea of breakfast.....cinnamon roll french toast & zucchini hash - yum).

            I only ever go for breakfast so I can't vouch for their other meals, but I LOVE Jim's Dock in Jerusalem. http://www.jims-dock.com/ You could throw a rock across the channel from Champlins and hit Jim's Dock.....but to get there you have to leave Galilee on Rt 108, get on Rt 1 South, and then take the East Matunuck State Beach/Succotash Rd exit (exits to the left and you reverse direction). Follow Succotash Rd to the end. Probably a 15 min drive but worth it.

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              hummingbird RE: OrganicLife Jun 2, 2008 06:00 PM

              For casual I'd agree with Champlains, but stay away from George's unless thing s have improved over the last few years since I've been in the area.

              For a bit upscale I used to really like both Amalfi's and Spain. Haven't been down there in about 4 years, so not sure if they are still both pretty good.

              Hpw is Cheeky Monkey doing down there?

              So now at Salt Pond there is a building in the parking lot?

              Did anything go into Casa Rossi's?

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                Sean RE: hummingbird Jun 3, 2008 05:41 AM

                I personally was underwhelmed with Cheeky Monkey, I went in March.

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                  JaneRI RE: hummingbird Jun 3, 2008 06:32 AM

                  Last time I went to Spain was maybe 2 yrs ago and it was downright horrid. (if a Spanish restaurant cannot cook rice to the proper consistency, there's a big problem). I've never eaten at Amalfi, as the times I've attempted to, they weren't serving food outside, the deck was loaded w/people just drinking....I walked inside and the dining room was empty and freezing cold....I turned and left. But the menu looked great.

                  I think the Casa Rossi bldg is still empty.

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                  fruitlady RE: OrganicLife Jun 3, 2008 07:04 AM

                  You will be able to source out all your fresh seafood needs right in Galilee...from digging your own clams to buying lobsters off the boat or fresh fish from Champlins. Local healthfood store - Food for Thought off of Point Judith road in the building Behind Arturo Joes Restaurant. Restaurants...Coast Guard House has been getting alot of great feedback lately ( there is a new chef there) Turtle soup and Almafi always great views and very consistant food. I love Cheeky Monkey right next to Belmont and right near Trio which just opened 2 weeks ago,you can sit outside there too. You can venture to Wakefield (about 5 minutes away )for Crave seafood and steak ..about 6 doors down from there is another heath food store Alternative food co-op both on Main street. Have Fun!

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                    JaneRI RE: fruitlady Jun 3, 2008 10:27 AM

                    That's great news about CGH.....I always viewed it as a drinking spot but not an eating spot.

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                      snl1129 RE: fruitlady Jun 5, 2008 02:57 PM

                      Is Arturo Joes still open for business?

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                        Alica RE: snl1129 Jun 5, 2008 03:13 PM

                        Yes! We went there a few weeks ago. I guess they had a big fire, took a long time to reopen and are finally back. We liked it, we thought the food was very good, I had eggplant parm and it was very light with a great sauce. My husband got a pizza which was very good. They had good wines by the glass.

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                      OrganicLife RE: OrganicLife Jun 4, 2008 04:48 AM


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                        gfecte01 RE: OrganicLife Jun 4, 2008 06:46 AM

                        I'd recommend heading to Crazy Burger on Boon St. for either breakfast or lunch one day. Don't let the name fool you, they have a great variety -- vegan options, juice bar, etc.


                      2. RI Swampyankee RE: OrganicLife Jun 4, 2008 08:26 PM

                        Check the RI DEM website for info on clamming. It will tell you which areas are ok to to clam and who all needs a license. Growing up, my mom never cared if the tide was high or low. High tide, we swam, low tide we clammed. She knew (we didn't) that kids don't need a license to dig clams so she read her book while we kids dug dinner. We still kid her about using child labor.8-)

                        Your closest health food store is probably Back to Basics on Main St in East G.

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                          Alica RE: RI Swampyankee Jun 5, 2008 04:19 AM

                          I believe there is a health food store in the rear of the Arturo Joes plaza.

                        2. Blondie NE RE: OrganicLife Jun 5, 2008 06:44 AM

                          Don’t forget about Aunt Carrie’s in Point Judith. (1240 Ocean Road, near Point Judith Road). It’s very New England! They got the James Beard Foundation’s “America’s Classics” Award in 2007. They serve homemade bread, lobster, clams, seafood platters, and great desserts including pies and Indian pudding made fresh daily. We liked the clam cakes and lobster sandwiches on our last visit there (end of last season). There’s often a wait for a table, but they also have takeout.

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                            snl1129 RE: OrganicLife Jun 5, 2008 02:59 PM

                            Are there any other "Great" places for fried clams and lobster rolls in the area around Aunt Carries? I lvoe the area, but the take out seafood is usually subpar.

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