At Providence Oyster Bar, fresh-caught oysters and clams populate a chilled raw bar, and shooters, shellfish, and pasta dishes supplement a menu of savory bistro selections. Celebrate socially acceptable slurping noises with a half dozen blue-point oysters from Long Island Sound ($13.50). For an entree, Long Island duck battles crispy artichoke in a black-cherry-and-espresso-demi-glaze ring with an audience of ricotta gnocchi ($23.95). Seafood entrees range from shrimp puttanesca atop linguini ($23) or goat-cheese risotto capped with seared sea scallops ($27.95). After tasting a selection from the extensive wine or martini list, tone-deaf taste buds will find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
At Timmy’s One Bay Avenue, diners enjoy scenic waterfront views as chefs prepare a menu of succulent steaks and fresh seafood. A cup of new england clam chowder ($2.95) or the steamed mussels in a light garlic and butter broth ($8.95) pave the way for heartier eats, such as the filet mignon ($21.95), a 10-ounce center-cut steak so tender it weeps at cell-phone commercials, and the honey-almond salmon ($17.95). For the best of land and sea, guests can sample the surf 'n' turf, a hearty 12-ounce Black Angus sirloin steak served alongside three baked, stuffed shrimp. Complement feasts or add a prop to arm-flailing sea shanties with a chalice of wine or beer.
In 2011, CBS's the Early Show lauded Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House for having the best clam chowder in America. Perhaps that’s because each batch is made with clam juice instead of water, with clams added at the very end to ensure tenderness. Or maybe it’s because owner David Gravino whips up the Manhattan-style red chowder using his mother's special recipe. Whatever the cause, the effect is a zesty stew flecked with celery, pepper, garlic, dill, and basil that people have been happy to stand in line for.
Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, Iggy's, which has also been graced with a recent visit from Nick Jones and Miss Universe 2012, also dishes out clam cakes, stuffed quahogs, and landlubbing entrees such as burgers and BLTs in a dining room overlooking Narragansett Bay. Housemade root beer and raspberry-lime sodas complement each meal, alongside doughboys—pastries topped with ice cream, cool whip, and powdered sugar. In addition to the main location, there’s a seasonal outpost in Narragansett proper that stays open from March until Columbus Day, the holiday which celebrates Christopher Columbus's discovery of a new world inhabited solely by fish.
Since 1939, McMenamy’s Seafood has plumbed the depths of the ocean to assemble its full restaurant menu and stock its carryout fish market with the day’s freshest catches. The comfy, family-owned eatery sports nautical accoutrements along its walls, including a taxidermied fish, an ocean mural, and an imposing pirate flag hung up to signal that gold doubloons are buried deep within your basket of shrimp. A drive-thru window caters to pescetarians on the go, whereas TVs broadcast sports indoors as patrons dig into baked, broiled, or fried seafood.
Le Central's classic bistro atmosphere charms visitors from the onset with black-and-white-checked floors framed by red and yellow walls. The eatery's farm-to-table approach to French fare keeps admiration flowing, and even helped garner a head-nod and Best Neighborhood Restaurant distinction from Rhode Island Monthly. Below modern hanging lights, tables populate with starters of butter and herb-roasted mussels, house-made charcuterie, and salads rife with roquefort and gruyere cheese. Entrees of locally sourced fish and traditional coq au vin steam with olive tapenade, house-cured bacon, and chili-glazed duck confit.
While sipping on a cocktail or wine at the weathered wooden bar, guests can question the bartender about the bistro's Sunday brunch crepes or the architectural possibilities of crafting a beer hat out of a classic French beret.