Rather than just head to our usual seafood shack stop in Middletown, I decided to check Tripadvisor and looked at All Restaurants in Middletown-- Anthony's came up #1. I read a lot of the reviews and checked out the website, and I was very glad we had decided to switch it up and head to Anthony's when we realized on our way over the bridges that the Newport Jazz Festival was running and it would be a lot busier on the island than usual. We found Anthony's easily and got into a line that extended out into the parking lot by 10 people or so. Within a minute or two, a gentleman came out with a number of menus, and advised us that it might be as long as an hour wait due to summer, and the Jazz Festival just finishing up. We waited and perused the menu, aided by a flat screen TV that ran pictures of a number of menu items along with the prices for those items that are Market Priced. Great to plan ahead. In 30 minutes we placed our order and were given our silverware, napkins and a number to place on the table for the servers to find us. After asking our seating preference, we made our way to a big (clean!) picnic table outside, on a new covered patio. In less than 10 minutes our chowder, clamcakes and Kung Pao Calamari came to the table (the cashier asked our preference for these items : first, or all together.) The creamy chowder was good, but not my favorite. Since I usually prefer clear RI style, I'll try that the next time. The clamcakes were perfect- crispy and hot, not heavy, but classic RI style. The Kung Pao Calamari is amazing! The sweet and spicy sauce was drizzled over the calamari so that each perfectly fried piece had some on it, but it wasn't overwhelming. Peanuts and hot pepper rings finished the dish. This is too good to believe. Our dinner soon came out: Sea Scallops- these were perfectly done- a crispy light fried outside and just cooked, moist and tender on the inside. Good scallops taste like they have been magically sweetened right through the meat, and these were no different. A small order of whole belly clams was beautifully crisp, with the tiniest bellies I've ever seen- a good thing for me. When I asked the cashier about getting a child's fish and chips, she offered that we could order a single piece of fish which we did. We didn't need more fries since both the scallops and clams come with fries. (These Fried Classics come with a small serving of chopped coleslaw-- also excellent, and tartar sauce.) The fried cod was delicious! Moist, perfectly cooked and with a light, crispy batter on the outside. Best fried fish I have ever had. Living in RI, and having easy access to lobster, we rarely buy a lobster roll, they are so easy to make. My daughter had her heart set on the gorgeous ones we saw here, and though the $22 market price gave me pause, we splurged. There was well over a whole lobster's worth of meat in this lobster roll, and if you are traveling and looking for a good one- look no further. I feel we easily got our money's worth.
General thoughts: they offer carafes of ice water and plastic cups in addition to beer and soda that you can purchase. The staff was incredibly attentive, the servers/bus staff all very polite and friendly. The cashier was so well versed in the menu and able to offer suggestions that were suited to us, not a general list of items. The entire place was clean, nicely lit and neat. We felt welcome and comfortable. Anthony's was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and the standard picture of Guy Fieri is there, along with a nod to the two menu items that they made with him, but this restaurant stands on its own merit. The best part is the chat we had with the gentleman from when we first arrived- we found out he is the owner and he is very proud of his restaurant and his employees as he should be. Leaving at 9 p.m., there were still people coming in to order. I can see why Anthony's is so well reviewed.
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