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Quintessential Newport Food?

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Quintessential Newport Food?

After I asked about lobster rolls it occured to me that lobster rolls might not be a quintessential Newport or for that matter Rhode Island 'must try' food.

What are some of your favorite 'must try' foods in Newport and where do we get them?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Maybe Rhode Island red chickens?

Here are some recipes from Rhode Island monthly

rimonthly.com/Rhode-Island-Monthly/…

Newport has many restaurants with all kinds of food from pub to fine dining. Don't think there is any one quintessential food item.

or you can eat like society folk

newportmansions.org/plan-your-visit/lunch-sn…

all the restaurants are listed above left and most have links to websites and menus as well as reviews.

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2. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Quahogs,

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3. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Yes, clams, or by the native word quahog. Clam cakes, clams casino, friend clams, stuffies, on the half shell, etc. Oops can't forget clam chowder. Also, in the summer our fishermen get local tuna and swordfish, which is outstanding, in addition to the other usual fresh local fish in the summer like cod, flounder, etc. Flo's Clam Shack has a casual, nautical ambiance. The restaurant scene is ever changing in Newport, the Clarke Cooke House and Black Pearl are quintessential Newport, in terms of the sailing ambiance and history, famous for their chowder especially, and at the heart of it all on Bowen's Wharf.

Edited: 8:21 pm, January 22, 2013
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4. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Rhode Island clam chowder is different than the creamy/milky New England style, right?

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5. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Yes indeed, however most places serve the New England style. RI chowder would be more broth-based with pieces of chourico sausage in it. Flo's has a good broth chowder, but I don't believe it has the sausage in it.

I forgot to mention steamers, that's a very popular appetizer here. Soft-shell clams dipped in butter. Great with beer.

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6. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

For local treats, first, there are "snaugies" - think sausage meets hotdog - they are a little spicy. Then, there are "stuffies" which are local quahoags (clams) piled with a bread-based stuffing including chopped quahoag and snaugie pieces. Yum!

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7. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Fried clams and local oysters at Benjamins on Thames Street. Entree and sandwich portions are huge!!

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8. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

I have never heard of snaugies. I think you mean saugies. They're just hot dogs.

Saugies and weenies should NOT be recommended, however johnnie cakes are worth a mention too.

Edited: 5:21 pm, January 24, 2013
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9. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

quohogs and steamers aren't Newport or RI specific, but New England. And if you are going to mention fried clams, then they have to be belly clams and not those chewy strip thingies. All of which are fabulous. There are RI clams but I am not sure if they have a special name like Chintotigue, Wellfleet or Ipswich but a raw bar with local clams would certainly qualify. What clams are available depends on season.

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10. Re: Quintessential Newport Food?

Other posters have done a great job covering our local seafood. However, another RI-specific specialty would be Italian. We have a large Italian population and our Italian restaurants are SO good that the entire state only has one Olive Garden... if it's still open. Our best Italian restaurants are found in Providence, but Newport has a couple. I never eat Italian in Newport, so I'm hoping someone else will point you in the right direction there. Unless you can eat seafood twice a day this should help you have an even better trip!

One place I do like, though, is Nikolas Pizza (which is actually Greek) on Memorial Blvd. The pizza is good, but they have a lot more than just pizza. I love the grinders there.