Thanks for the suggestions, after I posted a recent inquiry re: Newport, RI.
We ended up having three meals there:
(1) lunch at Flo's Clam Shack. The fried clam platter was really great. Not just clam strips, but the whole clam including bellies, piping hot and crispy, not too greasy.
(2) anniversary dinner at Restaurant Bouchard was FANTASTIC. If you ever go there, definitely get the "vol au vent" appetizer, which is puffed pastry with lobster meat, asparagus and a delicious lemon beure blanc sauce. Absolutely first rate. My entree was not as great in comparison, but my husband's wild boar with currant sauce was excellent. And the chocolate souffle was superb! Also, maybe I've lived in New York City too long, but I thought the prices were not too outrageous, considering the high quality. (Our dinner was $160 total, with two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts, one glass of wine, two mixed drinks, tip and tax.) Definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion.
(3) lunch at Coddington Brew Pub in Middletown. Pretty standard pub fare, but the fresh-brewed beers were excellent.
Now, I have a barbeque question: We noticed two barbeque places, Smoke House Inn (near Bowen's Wharf, right in front of The Mooring), and another one in Middletown, I think called Rebecca's or Ruth's, which advertised authentic, 18-hour barbecue cooking. Any input from R.I. chowhounds on either of these two places?? Thank you.