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Aug 16, 2010 07:39 AM

Charlestown, RI

In addition to the recent Westerley recs, any good recs for Charlestown? Casual, seafood, ethnic?
Thanks in advance

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  1. This silence on this query is deafening. It indicates that Charlestown is a black hole as far as restaurants go. In almost 40 years of living in this area, I think I've had maybe a dozen restaurant meals in Charlestown and none has been memorable, except for their mediocrity.

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    1. re: Joltingjoey

      Got me thinking of the summer (1968) spent at URI, and the very cheap lobster dinner at what was called, I believe, the Charlestown Inn. Of course, all we really cared about was cold beer and steamed lobster. But it worked.

    2. 10 minutes further to Matunuck Oyster Bar on Succotash Rd.

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      1. re: JaneRI

        We tried Matunuck Oyster in July. It was ok......better than what else is available in this area. But certainly not of the caliber I was expecting given the posts I've read. Lobster roll. Fine. Fish -n- Chips were greasy and fish not as fresh as it should have been. Such a bummer, b/c we LOVE going to the beaches in South County. We just don't go very often due to lack of places to eat afterwards.

        1. re: Science Chick

          I wonder if they've gotten too busy, more than they can handle? I only got there once this year (mid-Sept) and I'll agree it didn't wow me, not like last summer when they opened.

          1. re: JaneRI

            I'm relieved to hear you say that, JaneRI. After all the great posts I read, I felt like an old curmugdeon putting up a negative post.

      2. Black hole is about right. A place called 'flip flops' tried opening late in the summer, around labor day - it's probably gone for good by now. It's surprising that with all the CT tourists flooding this area during the summer that one can get their act together to get a decent restaurant going.

        I second the thumbs up on the Matunuck Oyster Bar.

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        1. re: Trnrbrnr

          I had heard that the towns do not make it easy to open new places.....I think they want to maintain the rustic beauty of the area. I'm all for that, but there must be some happy medium between the present state and Miami Beach.