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Help me dine...Newport, Mystic, Fall River, Providence, Middletown

Our original vacation plans fell through, so now we are off to RI in 3 weeks! Staying at the Residence Inn Middletown. We have 3 and 4 year old boys. My inlaws will be joining us.

Plans are to visit the Roger Williams Zoo, Battleship Cove, Mystic Aquarium, the Cliff Walk, and ???. I'm really just starting this planning. Where would you recommend for lunch and dinner? We prefer local to chains. My 4 year old LOVES sushi. Mexican would be the only cuisine we aren't interested. Any fun, local places? Even recs for candy shops or ice cream would be great.

Thanks!

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  1. Peking Tokyo is right near the Mystic Seaport and they have wonderful sushi.

    1. Local: Brick Alley Pub In Newport has a varied menu, a salad bar and kids will like it. Booths are cozy too. Had lunch here last week.
      Casual seafood in Middletown: Anthony's Seafood for fried clams,fish and chowder. Very casual and excellent Featured on that diners drive-in's show recently.Also has a fish market and takeout too.
      Sushi: hmm in town not sure. My daughter is the sushi nut and she likes Jackie's Galaxy in Warren. Wonderul sushi and other Asian food as well. Might be worth the 1/2 hour ride.
      Casual Breakfast spot in Middetown Atlantic Grille. Line out the door on weekends.Follow it with a walk on Second Beach.
      Clam chowder: Black Pearl on Bowen's Wharf in Newport.
      Castle Hill Restaurant: Stunning view.Rlelais and Chateau property. Nice spot to stop and take pictures and have a drink and watch the sunset.Fabulous food but more of a grwn-up place.
      Atlantic Beach Club Middletown: Has a wide menu and you could go for a walk on 1st beach before or after. Best spot on island for baked stuffed lobster in my opinion.

      Ice cream: If it's open for the season the gelato shop Cold Fusion on Thames in newport is so good.
      Frosty Freeze in Middletown is a hop ski and jump from your hotel and has very good ice-cream and soft-serve as well. I think they open April1.
      Others may have different ideas and opinions.

      1. If you can plan a stop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum too! If its open there is a great ice cream place right down the street.

        You'll need to at least drive by Mystic pizza.

        Kitchen Little in Mystic is great for breakfast but I believe they recently moved, not sure if the food has changed.

        1. Yes the New Bedford Whaling Museum is a great spot with kids!

          1. It's been a few years since I've been there, so check details. But, if you find yourself near Tiverton, RI (between Bristol/Middletown and Fall River) Gray's ice cream is a fun spot, especially with kids.
            http://www.graysicecream.com/

            Just down the road is Evelyn's drive-in which is a fun seafood shack type place with good food. I think they are not open year round though. Makes a great lunch combo. Both have open space for kids to run around and no one will mind.
            http://www.evelynsdrivein.com/Welcome...

            In Pawtucket, RI there is the Modern Diner. Which is an old-school train car diner, with modern food. The kids will like sitting on the train car side. Order off the specials menu only or you will be disappointed. Can be really crowded on weekends.

            I also used to really like Flo's clam shack in Middleton. Though I think it's a better place to hang out at the bar and drink beer and eat clams than to go with kids. They have decent RI (clear) clam chowder.