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 blountfinefoods.com/clam-shack.