After reading many of the posts relating to RI prior to my recent trips, I wanted to report back on where I went.
Pump House - on Kingstown Rd.: went here because of proximity to where we were staying (we were tired of driving!) and were unfortunately disappointed. The food, while not awful, was pretty boring, and the salad bar was a sad sight to behold! The place was mostly empty on a week night.
Duffy's - We ended up going to Duffy's twice. On the first visit, my mom got the bay scallops, which were well-seasoned and fresh, and I got the fried haddock, which was a nice size piece of fish with a generous amount of batter. It was fresh and delicious, though the amount of fried coating nearly put me over the edge. The red-skin potatoes had a very distincitve taste (likely from the fat they used to fry them), but I still can't quite place what it was. The tartar sauce was a stand-out (I think it had relish in it?)! On the second visit, we started with peel and eat shrimp (delicious and very fresh) and I had the broiled flouder, while my mom got the Portuguese Fisherman's Stew. The flounder could have been fresher, and the broiling left it with surprisingly little in the way of flavor. The Portuguese Fisherman's Stew was undoubtedly the highlight for both of us. It was chock full of fish and shellfish (mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, and chunks of what appeared to be two different kinds of fish) in a delicate yet very flavorful (not fishy) tomato-based broth. WOW.
Crazy Burger - Naragansett: easily our favorite meal of the trip (we wanted to go back but never made it). We went for breakfast and both got egg based dishes. I had an omelette with my choice of fillings. They were very generous with the fillings, to the point that the omelette was actually bursting (and sadly, fell apart!). When I told them I didn't eat gluten, the waitress helpfully pointed out that she thought the home fries might have flour (I don't think they actually did, but since there was confusion, stayed on the safe side). She nicely offered to sub in fruit or french fries, which I took her up on (most places won't do this even if you ask, and she didn't even charge extra). They also had gluten-free toast on the menu, which was a great joy to me! I didn't get to ask, but I think it might have been homemade, too! My mom had the breakfast burrito, which was great, and the home fries that came with were crispy small cubes of deliciousness (the fries going to the next table also looked excellent). Her dish came with a cinnamon bun, which she loved. We tried a mango grapefruit juice (they make all their juices fresh in house), which was excellent. We'd try a smoothie if we went again. Definitely check this place out!
Kitchen Little - Mystic, CT. We were really disappointed with Kitchen Little, which we stopped in on the road back to NY. First off, the service was abominable. The waitress forgot to bring my tea and didn't stop by for about 10 minutes after taking our order, so I couldn't even ask for it. When our plates came, very little was right. My mom's eggs were way undercooked (she'd ordered them over hard) and the waitress microwaved (!) them to get them to a cooked stage, leaving the toast on the plate so that it came back completely soggy. The potatoes on both of our plates were cold, and the cheese on top of my eggs (which was clearly American, though I'd asked for cheddar) was hardly even melted. Not a good showing! I wasn't clear on why this place came so highly recommended because, in addition to the service problems, the food didn't seem like it was anything to write home about..
Two other notes:
I didn't try, but my traveling partners tried, the Wood River Inn in Hope Valley. They said it was pretty good - nothing gourmet, but certainly passable if you're in the neighborhood (and there's certainly not much more around!)
There's a pizza place in Naragansett (whose name I can't QUITE recall, but which I think had "Blue" and "Cafe" in it) that was advertising gluten-free pizza!
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