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    Matunuck Oyster Bar: Oysters raised here

    by shrimp56 Updated Jun 9, 2013

    This is just a shack and a deck, but the seafood is fresh and mostly raised or caught locally. How local? The oyster bed is just a mile away from the restaurant. They do give tours.

    You check in, then have a few drinks with oysters while you wait for your table and food. The ambiance is very simple, but the food is the story.

    Favorite Dish: I loved my lobster roll, which was probably the biggest and freshest I've had. I also loved the calamari, and that's a biggie, because I don't like calamari LOL

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    Trattoria Simpatico: Magical Italian

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 20, 2013

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    The restaurant has been sold and is undergoing extensive renovations for a March 2013 reopening. Check the website for the details.

    Trattoria Simpatico serves delicious food in a lovely outdoor setting. There are strings of small white lights and large umbrella-like awnings to protect in the case of rain. The service was excellent!

    Favorite Dish: I had the mesculun salad with champagne vinagrette. My main course was lobster ravioli in a champagne tarragon tomato cream sauce that was both smooth and tangy. YUM. Dessert was an intense lemon sorbet. I'd also recommend the pear tomato salad.

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    Olympia Tea Room Restaurant: A Watch Hill Institution

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Right on Bay St. in downtown Watch Hill you will find the Olympia Tea Room. Open since 1916 there is quite a tale attached to its history, which I neglected to memorize from the menu! Their website is, unfortunately, under construction.

    Favorite Dish: They have a Wine Spectator-listed selection of wines and creative cuisine. The grilled tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo was yummy as was the wedge of iceberg lettuce served with blue cheese dressing and bacon crumbles.

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    The Shelter Harbor Inn: Good food in a relaxed atmosphere

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Ask to be seated in the bar. It's much less formal and, if you want something smaller just ask for the "tavern menu" as they won't give it to you unless you do. We ordered from both.
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    Shelter Harbor Inn is in Westerly, RI is also a B&B. I didn't see the rooms, but the public spaces were very charming.
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    Ate dinner in the bar a week ago, just before Irene. Food was still very nice indeed!

    Favorite Dish: I had the prosciutto-wrapped scallop appetizer and the house salad. Both were excellent. My husband had a pork dish that he liked and my brother-in-law had the pictured halibut. All were content.

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    The Pier Restaurant: I got my lobster roll!

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 30, 2011

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    I'm afraid I was rather insistent about needing a lobster roll. So on our day trip to Newport we headed for The Black Pearl, only to get caught in one way streets and ended up here. It was fine!

    No idea what anyone else had. I only had eyes for my lobster.

    Favorite Dish: It was a very traditional one with just mayo and celery and a bit of salt & pepper. I'm not an expert, but it was lovely:)

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    On a boat in the middle of Ninigret Pond: Sundowner Snacks

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 30, 2011

    Our hosts had translated the African safari, "sundowners" tradition to the middle of Ninigret Pond. They have the packing for this event down to a science. These scrumptious shrimp, along with some excellent cheese were our hors d'oeuvres. We threw the anchor over on a sandbar and enjoyed the end of the day. Great fun!

    Favorite Dish: It's the shrimp.

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  • Cafe Panache: Best Grilled Pizza in Rhode Island

    by Rhody1 Written Oct 8, 2008

    Cafe Panache has a warm and inviting atmosphere with a leather couch, granite tables, free WiFi and friendy employees. The food has a true italian style. They offer grilled pizza's (which are amazing), wraps such as chipolte chicken salad, inventive salads, homemade pototo chips, soups and prepared meals like chicken parm, lasagna, roasted potatos, pesto penne, gorgonzola mac n' cheese and more. They also have the best drinks like ice coffee and ice tea with coffee and tea ice cubes. And they offer a wide array of flavored coffees and cold drinks like FUZZ. It's the perfect place to spend hours hanging out with friends or having a casual lunch. The prepared meals are great when you dont have the time or energy to cook and very affordable at almost the same price it would take you to make it yourself. With the marina close by they will pack your picnic basket for you to take aboard. They also offer BYOB and there is a wine shop located just across the street. They also have an extensive catering menu and will make anything that you can dream up as well. It also has a great location on Main Street surrounded by shops to explore and they have their own parking lot behind the restaurant, since parking on main street can be limited at times. They also display the art work of local artists on the wall, it brings culture and art to your day and helps out the local artist community. Ultimatly the best restaurant I have ever been too.

    Favorite Dish: The grilled pizza's are out of this world. They are personal size but great to share with a friend with a salad. Their cheese combinations melt in your mouth and taste like no other pizza you have ever had. They have a four cheese pizza that uses a pink vodka sauce and the balsamic essence they add over the top of the italiano and margarita pizza is so flavorfull. They are even great heated up at home as well, they dont loose any of the flavor.

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    The Corner Tavern: Real RI Chowder and Clam Fritters

    by paulapes Written Aug 3, 2008

    This restaurant is not fancy, but the food is good and the staff is nice, so who cares? They have the clear clam chowder that is distinctly Rhode Island, but that you can't get everywhere in the state. It's yummy. They also have great clam fritters (yes, I said fritters, that's what they are!) though lots of places in RI now call them clam CAKES. Anyway, they are very good and there's also fish and chips, steamers, and many other fish dishes, and burgers, etc., for those who don't like seafood.

    Favorite Dish: Chowdah (RI-speak!) and fritters. I've had fish and chips there too, and other fish dishes...no complaints!

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    Christies in Newport: Lobster Rolls!

    by paulapes Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    Christies is the oldest waterfront restaurant in Newport. It's in the center of town, surrounded by water and many boats. The interior is interesting, with many pictures of famous people who've eaten or visited there, and art by locals hanging on the walls.

    Favorite Dish: Lobster roll and raw littlenecks! Yum, yum, yum!!

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    Cafe Nuovo: Pricey, but sooooo good!

    by paulapes Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    Great food and perfect location in Providence, right on the Riverwalk and next to Waterplace Park.
    Location, atmosphere, and friendly staff. It's expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

    Favorite Dish: Oh just everything---try some of the specials. And for dessert, the Pot O' Mousse is fantabulouslyterrific!

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    The Cheeky Monkey: Haven't eaten in this one, but...

    by paulapes Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    Haven't eaten in this one, but I've heard it's very good...The Cheeky Monkey.
    It's expensive....bring your charge card :-)

    Favorite Dish: These are two of their specialties: Grilled pork chops with spicy banana sauce; Tamarind glazed salmon fillet. Sounds great to me!

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    Family Diner: 50's atmosphere

    by Gloriann Written Aug 3, 2008

    I wish I could remember the exact name of this nice restuarant where we ate, in the area of Westerly in Rhode Island. I think it was called The Family Diner, or something like that. I was not going to post any infoprmation on it since I can't remember the name, but thought I would anyway since the food was very good.
    We had just driven through the town of Westerly and were heading east along highway 1 when we saw it. I am glad we stopped there because not only was the food good, but I enjoyed seeing all the decorations on the walls from the 1950's very much. Even the waitress was dressed like the 1950's.

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    George's of Galilee: Seafood with a view!

    by shrimp56 Updated Aug 25, 2006

    George's of Galilee is a dining institution on the channel used by the Block Island ferries. You can read its story if you click on the second picture to enlarge it. You can do Take-Out, or eat upstairs, either inside or out on the porch. The porch is much more fun as you can see the boat action in the channel.

    Favorite Dish: Their fish and chips are superb, complete with malt vinegar if you wish. Order the small unless you haven't eaten for a week! You can choose from scrod or flounder for some of the dishes. The picture is of a small order of scrod. Be warned! The lobster roll also looked yummy.

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    L'Elizabeth: Gourmet comfort in Olde European style

    by andream9 Written May 24, 2006

    This is the most quaint, lovely, romantic, relaxed coffehouse you may ever set foot into.

    First, it has a homey style to it with a vintage, European feel. The furniture is mostly antique and the setting is intimate. The service is very personal and relaxed. For as upscale as it is it is a very relaxed and casual place.

    Just steps away from the Cable Car Theatre and about a minute's drive to the center of downtown providence, L'Elizabeth's is a port in the storm of the hustle and bustle of the city. You may even miss it if you don't look close enough. It is very unassuming.

    When you step in, it's as if you stepped back in time somewhere in the English countryside or perhaps even in France. The menu lists a host of coffee cordials and other liquor drinks. Ask for the tea menu as it is not always presented with the main menu. Desserts are few but worth it and wonderful.

    This is a must-stop especially after a movie at the Cable Car, which shows many independent and foreign films.

    Hours as of the date of this listing are:
    Hours Sunday through Tuesday, 3pm to 12midnight; Wednesday through Saturday until 1am.
    Call if you are unsure of their hours.

    Favorite Dish: There are so many names for all the coffees, I simply cannot remember them all, let alone my favorite.

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    Ichiban: Sushi to drool for

    by andream9 Written May 24, 2006

    Unlike other traditional Japanese sushi restaurants, this is a Korean restaurant, family owned and operated. They pay close attention to details and owner Jim and his sushi chefs whip up plates full of artistic expression that taste as beautiful as they look.

    This is a very non-traditional sushi restaurant and I love it because of that. They have a full sushi bar, cocktail bar with flat screen television and if you're on a romantic date, they are sure to seat you in a spot away from any noise if the bar crowd is watching sports. However, it is usually very peaceful there.

    The flavors are just amazing here. I love their use of mango and asian pear in many of their offerings.

    Favorite Dish: Any of the many Dragon rolls or Chef Supreme maki are devine as well as many of the specials that they often offer.

    Some of my past favorite specials included:

    Shrimp tempura rainbow rolls with mango and roe
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    Lobster maki with Asian pear and lobster sauce

    also, American Hammer maki are very spicey and wonderful.

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