Aunt Carrie’s

Clam Shack | Drive-In | Seafood
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Aunt Carrie’s, at Point Judith on the ocean, has been a favorite summertime destination since 1920. (Between April and Memorial Day, it is open only on weekends.)

It remains one of the few places in Rhode Island that still lists a full shore dinner on its menu. Start with chowder (your choice of white, red, or Rhode Island-style, which is clear and bacon-flavored). That’s accompanied by crusty-gold balls of deep-fried clam-flavored dough called clam cakes as well as steamers with broth and butter for dipping. Then come filet of sole with corn on the cob and French fries, accompanied by homemade bread and butter. After that you get a whole lobster and finally warm Indian pudding topped with ice cream or a slice of pie. Abbreviated versions of the big feed are available (without the lobster, or without the fish); or you can order à la carte and get whatever combination of chowder, clam cakes, fish, or lobster you like.

Beyond huge, whole dinners (priced in the $30 range) and plates (closer to $20), the menu lists a nice array of modestly priced rolls and sandwiches, including local flounder on a bulky roll, whole-belly clam rolls, lobster rolls on house-made bread, and a unique BLT. That’s bacon, lobster and tomato.

Desserts never fail: sweet/tart rhubarb pie, seriously good Indian pudding and, at the very end of the summer, pumpkin pie. During strawberry season Aunt Carrie’s traditionally offers Yankee strawberry shortcake.

What to Eat
Aunt Carrie’s, Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb Pie
Must-Try
Rhubarb pie is a very nice balance of sweet and tart.
Aunt Carrie’s, Fried Clams
Fried Clams
Whole-belly clams are a shoreline favorite.
Aunt Carrie’s, Shore Dinner
Shore Dinner
Fish and chips is just one course in a full shore dinner.
Aunt Carrie’s, Steamers
Steamers
Steamers: Pull the clam from its shell, dip it in broth, then sop it with drawn butter.
Aunt Carrie’s, Lobster
Lobster
Lobster arrives holding napkins in its claw.
Aunt Carrie’s, Indian Pudding
Indian Pudding
Indian pudding is a stout samp of long-baked cornmeal and molasses.
Aunt Carrie’s, Clam Cakes
Clam Cakes
Clam cakes are spheres of fried dough dotted with nuggets of sweet clam meat.
Aunt Carrie’s, Pie
Pie
Blueberry pie is a seasonal Yankee favorite.
Aunt Carrie’s, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11:30am - 8pm
Monday11:30am - 8pm
Tuesday11:30am - 8pm
Wednesday11:30am - 8pm
Thursday11:30am - 8pm
Friday11:30am - 9pm
Saturday11:30am - 9pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 274 MILES | 5 hr 3 min

Indian pudding is vintage New England comfort food, an ochre samp of slow-cooked cornmeal and molasses that smells like caramelized roasted sweet corn. Traditional diners serve it as dessert with ice cream melting on top, but it also makes a fine warm breakfast cereal.

8 stops | 378 MILES | 7 hr 19 min

For a mouthwatering summer road trip to sleeves-up joints surrounded by magnificent scenery, you can’t beat a seafood-eating expedition along New England's coast. At waterside picnic tables and roadside drive-ins, in diner booths and vintage shore dinner halls, the good eats include whole lobsters, lobster rolls, and lobster pie, chowders both briny-thin and cream-sweet, and clams either crisp-fried or…

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Price
$
Seasons
Summer
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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