It's not all good

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2005/08/14 12:50:07 (permalink)

It's not all good

I'll be the first to admit that not all local restaurants are fantastic, although 98% of the time I've never been dissappointed.
Yesterday my friend and I went down to Newport to escape the 100 degree temperatures and 74degree dew points. We stopped at Flo's Clam Shack for lunch. I ordered two stuffed quahogs (clams) with a bowl of Rhode Island Red chowder at the outside window. The clams came well presented with the top half of the shell still intact and were tied together with rubberbands. The stuffing had a bright red tinge and had chunks of green pepper. I was really looking forward to what looked really good and it was absolutely disgusting. It was absolutely tasteless and bland and where were the chunks of clams, all I could taste were chunks of green pepper. Oh, the red chowder was ok. This was a very dissapointing meal.
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 12:57:52 (permalink)
    I once made the mistake of buying a package of frozen stuffed clams at a supermarket. I guarantee that whetever it was you had was wonderful compared to what I had.
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    wanderingjew
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 13:00:15 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    I once made the mistake of buying a package of frozen stuffed clams at a supermarket. I guarantee that whetever it was you had was wonderful compared to what I had.


    Michael,

    I've had those frozen clams- Trust me, the frozen stuffed clams were better!!" />
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 13:30:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    I once made the mistake of buying a package of frozen stuffed clams at a supermarket. I guarantee that whetever it was you had was wonderful compared to what I had.


    Michael,

    I've had those frozen clams- Trust me, the frozen stuffed clams were better!!" />

    Oh, wow! Then all I can say is I feel for you.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 13:57:48 (permalink)
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    This was a very dissapointing meal.


    Bummer...I will have to mark this on my map of food places...I was at evelyn's in Tiverton a few weeks back and had what my local guide called "stuffies"...are these the same thing you had?...and they were quite good. The "stuffies" were pretty much what I have always called baked clams, but I admit I like the name "stuffy" much better.

    Hoping tomorrow's meals are better!
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 14:30:55 (permalink)

    Is there a difference between the 'stuffed Clam' you had and 'Clams Casino' the way they are served in New Jersey? Maybe one of the Jersey Shore folks has a recipe for 'Casino' that really describes the dish. I think it reminds me of what you are describing.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 16:38:47 (permalink)
    My boyfriend and I went to Mayport for the weekend to go out on the casino boat and decided to have some seafood before hand. We went to "Singleton's Seafood Shack", I had a 1/2 lb steamed shrimp which were "o.k.", mine are better. I made my own concoction of cocktail sauce with ketchup, horseradish and "colon cleanser" hot sauce. Made them a tad better, my boyfriend raved about his grouper sandwich. We also split a dozen lightly steamed oysters that S*CKED!! I know it's not really oyster season but we did have some awesome lightly steamed at The Original Oyster House in Mobile, AL weekend before last as well as some damned good crab stuffed jalapeno's. The latter I recommend.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 18:37:16 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


    Is there a difference between the 'stuffed Clam' you had and 'Clams Casino' the way they are served in New Jersey? Maybe one of the Jersey Shore folks has a recipe for 'Casino' that really describes the dish. I think it reminds me of what you are describing.

    Al, for stuffed clams you chop the clams and mix them with lots and lots of bread crumbs, among other things. For Clams Casino you use whole clams and top them with your seasonings and bacon.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 18:55:34 (permalink)

    Thank You Michael. I'll have a dozen of each Please..Just to check the taste comparison before I write a review!
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 18:59:52 (permalink)
    I'll put them in the mail.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/14 19:22:50 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Tony Bad

    quote:
    This was a very dissapointing meal.


    Bummer...I will have to mark this on my map of food places...I was at evelyn's in Tiverton a few weeks back and had what my local guide called "stuffies"...are these the same thing you had?...and they were quite good. The "stuffies" were pretty much what I have always called baked clams, but I admit I like the name "stuffy" much better.

    Hoping tomorrow's meals are better!


    Stuffies and stuffed clams are one and the same. To me, stuffies along with clam cakes and chowder are signature items of Rhode Island Regional Road Food.

    Flo's clam shack has mostly a fried seafood menu. For all I know the fried stuff could be really good. I would actually be willing to go back and try that. The stuffies....never again.

    Ironically there is a bar/restaurant in North Providence called what else but "Stuffies Bar and Grill" and guess what they have on the menu...not one, not two but three different types of Stuffies. They have the Regular Stuffy, the seafood stuffy (I believe that's stuffed with seafood) and the Fall River Stuffy (Portuguese style with Chourice)
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/15 08:18:04 (permalink)
    I thought I read good things about Flo's. Too bad. Are the fried clams any better? I'll be in Newport next week. Anything I shouldn't miss? And what's the difference between a cabinet and a frappe?
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/15 08:52:54 (permalink)
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    I thought I read good things about Flo's. Too bad. Are the fried clams any better? I'll be in Newport next week. Anything I shouldn't miss? And what's the difference between a cabinet and a frappe?


    I heard the fried food is good. Give it a try and let us know. A frappe and a cabinet are one and the same. A frappe is the massachusetts slang term and a cabinet is the rhode island slang term for a shake.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/15 09:59:38 (permalink)
    Sorry to hear that your meal was a bust. I was in Mystic on Saturday and we stoped at the Sea Swirl. What a great meal. The fish sandwich was so tender, the fried whole clam roll and the scallop roll were also great. They all had a nice light breading and the fries were also light in color. All were cooked to order and all were fresh. The only down side was you have to eat outside and with the tem in the high 90's and the humity just as high, you were just as hot as the food.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/15 10:22:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Rusty246

    My boyfriend and I went to Mayport for the weekend to go out on the casino boat and decided to have some seafood before hand. We went to "Singleton's Seafood Shack", I had a 1/2 lb steamed shrimp which were "o.k.", mine are better. I made my own concoction of cocktail sauce with ketchup, horseradish and "colon cleanser" hot sauce. Made them a tad better, my boyfriend raved about his grouper sandwich. We also split a dozen lightly steamed oysters that S*CKED!! I know it's not really oyster season but we did have some awesome lightly steamed at The Original Oyster House in Mobile, AL weekend before last as well as some damned good crab stuffed jalapeno's. The latter I recommend.
    I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. My daughter and her husband like Singletons with the ambiance of the river and local shrimping fleet, I prefer Gene's Seafood in Jax Beach if I'm not in the mood to cook plus they serve a fantastic gator tail.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/29 14:05:57 (permalink)
    Flo's (off Memorial Blvd) fried whole clams were very good. Tender, not greasy, light breading. A serving size didn't seem that big for the money though. (I've had excellent fried clams at Red's and a small was a lot of clams.) My wife liked the lobster roll but to be fair, she never met a lobster roll she didn't like. However, these fell a little short. A little too portioned controlled on the lobster and it was sort of shredded into tiny pieces, not identifiable chunks of lobster, not that I'm suggesting it wasn't real lobster. I also liked the clams at Sea Swirl but so far Red's is at the top of my list. I would take Flo's over Sea Swirl.

    Not roadfood per se but Scales and Shells in Newport was excellent. Grilled scallops, garlic and rosemary for me, grilled bluefish for my wife. Simply prepared fresh seafood, it was outstanding. Probably a close second to Conte's in Rockland Maine.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/29 14:40:41 (permalink)
    wandering! Give me the New Bedfid style stuffie any day! There are various places in that area that serve them up real hot and good. They go real nice with a cold Bud.
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    RE: It's not all good 2005/08/29 14:45:40 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by dreamzpainter

    quote:
    Originally posted by Rusty246

    My boyfriend and I went to Mayport for the weekend to go out on the casino boat and decided to have some seafood before hand. We went to "Singleton's Seafood Shack", I had a 1/2 lb steamed shrimp which were "o.k.", mine are better. I made my own concoction of cocktail sauce with ketchup, horseradish and "colon cleanser" hot sauce. Made them a tad better, my boyfriend raved about his grouper sandwich. We also split a dozen lightly steamed oysters that S*CKED!! I know it's not really oyster season but we did have some awesome lightly steamed at The Original Oyster House in Mobile, AL weekend before last as well as some damned good crab stuffed jalapeno's. The latter I recommend.
    I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. My daughter and her husband like Singletons with the ambiance of the river and local shrimping fleet, I prefer Gene's Seafood in Jax Beach if I'm not in the mood to cook plus they serve a fantastic gator tail.


    Oh the rest of the visit was great and since the Mayport/Jax area isn't that far we'll be back. Loved the beach but can't remember the area where we went in! It was through like a National Park entrance. Paid $4. Near the zoo I beleive. No motor vehicles and LOTS of cool shells. Looks to be alot of good seafood restaurants around this area and we look forward to trying more. You are right about the Singleton's ambiance, it was nice but HOT so we opted for indoors.
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