Dining ~ Aunt Carrie's, Narragansett

Aunt Carrie's
1240 Ocean Rd.
Narragansett, Rhode Island

A few weeks ago, after a too-late-too-chilly swim at Scarborough Beach and a wrong turn on Ocean Road, we stumbled upon Aunt Carrie's. Of course, we've heard of Aunt Carrie's. They've been in Rhode Island Monthly's Best Of list, and most of the tourist books we've read. The restaurant has been around for more than 85 years. It's an institution.

Aunt Carrie's

Aunt Carrie was a real person named Carrie Cooper who used to visit Point Judith with her husband and children in the first decades of the 20th century. Since there was no food vendor at the Point then, she started making her own lemonade, then her own clam cakes. Eventually this led to a "clam shack" at the Point, and then to a restaurant where the current building is now. The counter and front waiting area are the original part of the building, which has been added to over the years.

Aunt Carrie's

Aunt Carrie's is still family owned and operated, now in its fourth generation. Along with a full menu of seafood, they also have merchandise. Not just postcards, but a full range of Aunt Carrie's swag:
Aunt Carrie's
They're fun mementos of your visit, if you're a tourist. And a great way to show your loyalty if you're a local; after all, Iggy's clam shack is right across the street.

When we arrived, the parking lot was full, and we were in a line nearly out the door. I was surprised at how fast everything moved. From joining the line at the door to holding the steaming bag of clam cakes was less than ten minutes, and probably closer to five.

The clamcakes were good. Fresh, hot and crispy on the outside, slightly sweet batter, a few chunks of minced clam. Definitely worth a return trip.

Of course, next time we have to try Iggy's.


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