Rhode Island Specialty
Newport Lobster Shack
150 Long Wharf, Newport
Lobster is a big deal in Newport. A group of life-long local fisherman built this shack as a type of co-op to sell their fresh catch directly to the public. The Lobster Shack is fully stocked with wild-caught crab, conch, and lobster, obviously. Feast on fresh catch cooked every way imaginable: lobster bites, bisque, cakes, and finally the best lobster roll to be found in Newport. If you’re craving a taste of Rhode Island from afar, you can have catch live shipped overnight to anywhere in the US, or why not try to recreate the Newport Lobster Shack experience at home and cook from their aptly named cookbook The Fisherman’s Table.
Sweet Berry Farm
915 Mitchell’s Ln., Middletown
This achingly cute farmstand actually started as a hobby project by farmers Jan Paul and Michelle Eckhart, who finally made it into a full-time operation in the '90s. The farm specializes in the kinds of things that make incredible housewarming gifts, like fresh-cut flowers and jams. You can also come to the stand for breakfast, lunch, and take-home platters for dinner. A major win for the littles: year-round, pick-your-own produce, offering berries and peaches in the summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees in the winter.
Brickley’s Homemade Ice Cream
921 Boston Neck Rd., Narragansett
Described by locals as the best ice-cream in New England, Brickley’s has been a Rhode Island institution since the '90s when it was first opened by husband-and-wife duo, Steve and Chris Brophy. Lines are long, but the creamy homemade scoops of everything from traditional chocolate and summer fruit flavors to decadent coffee oreo are worth the wait. We recommend getting yours in one of Brickley’s signature, crunchy, homemade waffle cones. For those with a more moderate sweet tooth, try one of the equally delicious, no-added-sugar flavors like pistachio and vanilla. Take note, Brickley’s is old school, so cash only.
181 Bellevue Ave., Bellevue
Belly up to the circular bar at this soda fountain off Bellevue Ave for classic shakes (specifically, the “Awful Awful”), sundaes, and cones, all with flavors ranging from black raspberry to maple walnut and crazy vanilla (vanilla flavor, crazy colors). Newport Creamery began by delivering local milk to residents in the ’30s. They then opened a “milk bar” on Main Road, a little north, but we head to this location for a quick, sweet, pit stop in town.
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