WJ, Salas was a lovable dive in 1970. You felt like you were in a wharf warehouse, sat on benches, ate clams and threw the empty shells in a big bowl in the middle of the table. It was cheap too. Affordable for a Navy man. [:)]
I’ve only been to the Crows nest a couple of times and really enjoyed it. I really liked their stuffed shrimp.
Actually red chowder is "Rhode Island style chowder", at least according to the Sterns it is. I believe, however the difference is that it is mixed with a little cream. Aunt Carries has an excellent red chowder. On The Roch’s in West Warwick also had an excellent red chowder and fish n chips as well, however the last time I tried it about a couple of years ago I was dissapointed. The chowder was watery and the fish had a "funny taste" not sure if it was an off day, however I’ve been hesitant to go back and try it again.
Agree that Flo’s stuffies are nothing to write about. On the other hand, does anyone really order / like red chowder? When in RI – I tend to stay with RI chowder. Best NE chowder I’ve found is at the Crow’s Nest in Warwick – thick with cream (not starches) and no shortage of clams.
The Salas I knew on the wharf when Newport was a Navy town and tourist town second was not touristy at all. Just the opposite. The America’s Cup in 1970 and the pullout of the Navy changed the town.
I went to Flo’s a while back and was EXTREMELY dissapointed, although I’ll have to admit I didn’t get the Fried Seafood. If you do make it to Flo’s, DO NOT I repeat-DO NOT get the Stuffies (Stuffed Clams) they were absolutely horrible- completely tasteless with chunks of raw green pepper inside. Never quite tasted anything quite like it. The red chowder was nothing special.
My favorite place in Newport is Salas, good cheap Italian and Seafood, although I think they are only open for dinner. A tad touristy, the Brick Alley Pub has a huge menu with lots of Variety.
For an informal lunch (fried seafood – scallops / fish & chips, etc), its hard to beat Flo’s Clam shack at 4 Wave Ave in Middletown – just past the Newport beachs – across from the Atlantic Beach Club. It’s the best of all clam shacks, but it may not be formal enough for what you are describing.
Any suggestions for lunch and dinner in Newport, RI? Planning a girls day trip in May, seeing the mansions and a nice meal on the water. thanks Beth
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