There’s something hard to beat about a good local seafood establishment. Nothing over the top and standoff-ish – just an old fixed menu on the wall, some paper plates, a few picnic tables, and some delicious food. Flo’s Clam Shack in Middletown, RI is one of those places with all the history and heritage a good seafood shack should have, and on our way into Newport, Meredith and I dropped in to see what all the hubbub was about.
Plain and simple, the answer is in the clams. Fresh (so fresh the sign on the wall barely makes apologies for when they run out), lightly-breaded, fried, and served on a New England-style bun with some coleslaw and a heaping pile of fries. Are you drooling yet? It was simply delicious, and if I’d been willing to battle the line of patrons, I might have had seconds. If you’re not a big fried-clam person (shame on you), Meredith wholeheartedly recommends the lobster roll, which follows the same equation, just substituting tasty lobster meat for the fried clams.
We’d recommend getting there early and being prepared to wait in line – in our opinion, it’s worth it!