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looking for reccs around Westerly, RI

Gregoso Aug 14, 2010 06:19 AM

Hello fellow CHers!

I and my family are making a trip out to Westerly to visit some family.

Looking for some great food recommendations. I am not looking for gourmet or very pricey food, I am looking for fresh, local and well priced food that I could bring my family to.

Would love to have some recommendations - particularly looking for some good lobster rolls and fried clams. Also, is there a good place to get crab / crab cakes in RI? Almost impossible to get fresh crab around Montreal (my home).

Thanks in advance!

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    Joltingjoey Aug 15, 2010 05:39 AM

    My very favorite place in the area is Pita Spot on rt. 1 in Mystic, about 8 miles west of Westerly.
    I posted about it last fall. It serves fabulous Lebanese food at a very reasonable price, and is incredibly warm and friendly. It's BYOB, There's a liquor store right across the street.

    Other favorites are Pizza Place in downtown Westerly, with excellent thin crust pizza, pastas, sandwiches, salads & desserts in a friendly spacious setting. They have a good selection of bottled beer, but a rather mundane wine list.

    More upscale is Bruna's Table near the train station. It's Italian, but they make a good crab cake for an appetizer. Haven't been there in a while, but we plan to have a birthday dinner in a few weeks.

    All these places have web sites with menus.

    I'm sure someone will offer suggestions for lobster rolls and I recall some recent postings on the subject.

    Hope you have a great visit!

    Pita Spot
    45 Williams Ave, Mystic, CT 06355

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    1. re: Joltingjoey
      okra Aug 17, 2010 12:32 PM

      If... you might be interested in bringing some good, homemade italian food TO the family...

      look at Joyce's Everyday Gourmet


      Joyce's Everyday Gourmet
      105 Franklin St, Westerly, RI 02891

      1. re: Joltingjoey
        aldente1 Aug 21, 2010 08:09 PM

        I agree with the recommendation for Bruna's. But it is upscale and a little pricey. Given the lack of good restuarants in Westerly, I would splurge for it.

        Bruna's Table
        12 Canal St, Westerly, RI 02891

        Bruna's Cafe
        98 Bay St, Westerly, RI 02891

        1. re: aldente1
          michaelgg Jun 21, 2012 08:22 PM

          Unfortunately Bruna's main restaurant in Westerly has closed. According to the waitperson at the little care in Watch Hill, the owner's sold the restaurant. Too bad, it was consistently very good.

        2. re: Joltingjoey
          jcmods Jun 23, 2011 08:41 AM

          I second the pizza place. they have very good salads and unusual pizzas. Unless you really eat a lot, I would say the two person pie is really for three people (with salad). There is a seafood store that has lobster rolls and I do not remember the name, but it is in the center of town. We were pleased with it as it was fairly large.

          We also ate at a really good Thai Restaurant by the Amtrak station called Thong. It is fairly new (as I realize this thread is pretty old). Best thing is, there are things that non spicy food lovers can eat. We had duck garlic style and soft shell crab in a green curry. I thought it was much better than other suburban Thai restaurants I have eaten at (although I will not put it in the same league as stuff I have had in Amsterdam).

          1. re: jcmods
            michaelgg Jun 21, 2012 08:38 PM

            Thong is gone, replaced by another Thai place, Thai Pepper, that is good-very good. We love their soft rolls, curries and tofu and veggies with peanut sauce. However, our favoarite Thai place in town is Thai Time, with has the simplist menu but the freshest veggies and the tastiest soups sauces. They have a very small seating area and service can be slow (it is a 2-person operation; cook and server), but the food is worth the wait.

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          tarte tatin Aug 10, 2011 05:08 PM

          It's a little pricey, but 84 High St is excellent. Hopping fresh seafood and creative dishes- everything prepared perfectly. Appetizers in the lounge are 1/2 off at happy hour. 2 apps. Make a sizeable meal. Add one of the 20 brews on tap and you've got a fine dinner.

          84 High Street Cafe
          84 High St., Westerly, RI 02891

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          1. re: tarte tatin
            whs Aug 14, 2011 06:48 PM

            Had a great brunch at 84 High Street this morning. "Eggs in Purgatory" highly recommended, and their pancakes are delicious. If you have a beach day, go to the Veranda restaurant at Ocean House in Watch Hill--the hot lobster roll is outstanding (and $21).

            1. re: tarte tatin
              michaelgg Jun 16, 2012 05:49 AM

              84 High Street is consistently great, from the pasta dishes (love the one with chick and 'chokes) to the turkey burgers to the fresh fish entrees. And, as mentioned, they have great brews on tap, with infusion specials on Sat eves. And, to top it off, they have a great bar section where you can watch the Sox and dine and learn about the latest brew from the knowledgeable bartenders.

              1. re: michaelgg
                thinks too much Jun 21, 2012 11:24 AM

                Really? I thought it started out great, but had been going steadily downhill for the past few years. I'd given up on it. Granted, I have not been there for 18 months since I moved, so perhaps it has gone through a refresh.

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              Clams047 Aug 15, 2011 03:30 AM

              Skippers Dock in Stonington, CT (few miles west) is perhaps more fine dining, but excellent

              For a very basic clam-shack with an excellent hot lobster roll and good fried seafood, you might consider http://www.twolittlefishonline.com/

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              1. re: Clams047
                jcmods Aug 15, 2011 02:01 PM

                I can second Two Little Fish. It's in a building that used to be a McDonalds. The fish and chips definitely seemed fresh and they have a wide choice of tartar and hot sauces (as well as vinegar). Just don't go there if you don't like fried food since that is most of the menu.

                Two Little Fish
                138 Granite St, Westerly, RI 02891

                1. re: jcmods
                  michaelgg Jun 21, 2012 08:26 PM

                  Two Little Fish has moved from Granite Street, the commercial strip linking "downtown Westerly" to Charlestown, to Misqammicut, near the beaches. Same food..as noted mostly fried. We tried grilled salmon and grilled shrimp which were only ok..pretty bland and too simple for our tastes.

              2. whs Aug 15, 2011 03:57 PM

                Also liked the Mermaid Cafe: http://www.mermaidcaferi.com/index.asp and the Cooked Goose: http://www.thecookedgoose.com/index.html

                Cooked Goose
                92 Watch Hill Rd, Westerly, RI 02891

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                1. re: whs
                  jcmods Jul 16, 2012 05:52 AM

                  We just ate at the The Cooked Goose. Between two of us we ordered the Crabcake sandwich and the lobster roll. Both really excellent. The lobster roll was the chilled kind with mayo and celery (which I do like as long as there is no fake crabmeat in it). Happy to say it was pure lobster meat. Had a bite of the crabcake sandwich and it was perfect. Not too bready and dry (which is often a problem with crabcakes). Prices very reasonable for Watch Hill.

                  They only do breakfast and lunch.

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                  ptmacp Jun 16, 2012 07:59 AM

                  I really liked Bridge RestUrant (http://www.restaurantinri.com/) in Westerly. I had a special they called Deconstructed chicken pot pie that was fantastic. And the outdoor seating on the river is sensational.

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                  1. re: ptmacp
                    michaelgg Jun 21, 2012 08:31 PM

                    One of my favorite restuarants in Westerly/Pawcatuck is Prime Time, just over the border in Pawcatuck overlooking the Pawcatuck River. It is a very casual, low key place that has superb brunches, very good sanwiches and good to very good dinner entrees. We have never had a fish entree there that wasn't fresh and perfectly cooked. I enjoy their salsas and love their mashed sweet potatoes. I also enjoy their home made desserts (especially the crisps). The service is always good and the servers friendly.

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