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.