Champlin's is a Rhode Island tradition. People in the RI go to this restaurant and George's Restaurant across the street for fresh seafood and to watch the boats enter and leave the Great Salt Pond. The restaurant is actually located in the area called Galilee right next to the boat channel into the pond. On the other side of the channel is Jerusalem. Galilee is where you can catch the ferry to Block Island and it is down the street from Point Jude.
Favorite Dish: Clam cakes! This is an old RI tradition. They are fritters, very much like apple or any other kind of fritter, except they are made with clams. If you like clams, these are some of the best clam cakes in RI. George's Restaurant claims they are the best. I like both of them. They also have a full seafood menu.
I didn't try this one but I imagine the menu is as big as Champlin's, after all both these restaurants serve all the fresh seafood that the ocean provides. I noticed it also has an upper porch (or deck?) so you can eat while watching the boats and Block Island ferries coming in, although it is a bit off the canal while the Champlin's is right on it. Well, you can take out your food and sit on the rocks by the canal :-)
Champlin's Seafood restaurant is right on the canal. It's a casual traveler's place, nothing fancy: you order your food at the counter and then take it yourself to the table of your choice. Sit on the upper outdoor deck, and you will love the place! You will have great views of the boats passing right by you while you have the freshest seafood you can imagine. They have a great variety but specialise in fresh lobster and shellfish - that's where I went for my first-ever lobster and I loved it! I had to try their clam cakes too, they are pretty heavy but delicious. See also my thing-to-do tip on Champlin's Seafood.