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Flo's Clam Shack, Middletown (Newport) Rhode Island

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Flo's Clam Shack, Middletown (Newport) Rhode Island

christina z | Sep 15, 2000 07:48 AM

How does a place like this get such a good reputation?
It was recommended by more than one local. It does
have that New England seafood shack ambiance. It's
on the water and the upstairs deck has a nice view.
But the food was only mediocre and way overpriced.
And the clamcakes, for which Flo's is supposedly
famous were an insult to the palate. They looked
like zeppoles and seemed to be made out of a blob
of dense batter with almost no clam flavor and only
one or two pieces of clam the size of those tidbits
in canned clam sauce. The steamers cost $16 for a
flat paper plate with maybe a dozen and a half
clams on it. For that price I expect a giant bowl
of clams. You order your food at a window
and go back (downstairs if you're up on the deck)
to pick it up when they call your number. They
have a nice bar area but serve only beer and wine,
and a limited selection at that. What a
disappointment.

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