Spent a couple days sailing in Rhode Island over 4th of July weekend. Had 2 very nice meals out:
1. Christie's in Newport. O.K. some may diss it because it's big, it's on the wharf and it attracts tourists. So be it. We weren't intending on dining here but were overheated and needed some dark coolness asap. We were pleased to discover that Christie's has good food. They serve excellent stuffies (stuffed quahogs), an appetizer so generously portioned you will need to share it or take some home. (Not bad options). The french onion soup was a winner as well, nicely flavored broth, gooey cheese.
We also had good surf and turf entrees here. A seafood special (lobster, shrimp, and asparagus tips over rice) was full of fresh seafood, and the prime rib was delicious and juicy. Decent cocktails and pleasant waitstaff. All in all, not a bad respite!
2. Harbourside Lobstermania in East Greenwich. Want to sit on the water, have some great seafood and not break the bank? This place is it. Again, like Christie's, it may seem like a tourist trap, (valet parking) but it actually has some good eats.
Caveat: A couple things to avoid: The mixed drinks and the french onion soup. The mixed drinks (pina colada, bloody mary, strawberry daiquiri) were flavorless and just wrong. Stick with beer or wine. The french onion soup was all crouton and no soup.
The winner here is the seafood and the lobster is especially good. The "Lobstermania" is a 1-1/4 lber stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, cracker crumbs and butter. It's fresh, delicious, and for $19 you can't go wrong!
On the 4th itself we wanted to try one of the restaurants in Providence, but almost everything was closed. Guess Providence is the kind of town that people leave, not flock to, on holidays...