It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
Photo: Courtesy of Flo's Clam Shack
Flo’s Clam Shack, Portsmouth
At this “super shacky” Portsmouth original, readers recommend taking your order across the street to picnic on the seawall or the beach. The whole-belly clams are lightly battered and “fried to perfection;” flosclamshack.net.
Aunt Carrie’s, Narragansett
At this 1920-vintage institution, The Rhode Island Shore Dinner—clam chowder, clam cakes, steamed clams, fish-and chips, a whole lobster, and homemade dessert—is about as authentic as it gets; 401/783-7930 or auntcarriesri.com.
Blount Clam Shack, Warren
Even though it’s a clam shack with clam cakes and chowder, it’s also known for its giant 9-inch lobster roll; 401/245-3210 or