Monday, September 29, 2008
Seafood Dining, Rhode Island Style
Article and photo by Eric H., at VisitingNewEngland.com
The days of eating on the outdoor decks with water views of the harbor and Atlantic Ocean might be numbered at Champlin's Seafood in the Galilee section of Narragansett, RI, but that's no reason to stop enjoying the experience of dining coastal-style in Rhode Island.
With dining hours currently set from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, the chance to feast on fresh-from-the-dock seafood at Champlin's remains through the fall season. Outside dining still exists, but for chillier times, the ample indoor dining spaces will accommodate dedicated lovers of seafood.
The special aspect about Champlin's is that it's not only a restaurant but a seafood market with commercial seafood vessels landing daily at its landing docks to deliver a wide variety of fish from the deep off-shore waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and Narragansett Bay. As a result, Champlin's remains one of the region's best seafood restaurants, not only for its prime location but for the "eliminate the middleman" mentality that utilizes local fishermen who deal directly with the restaurants. Galilee is, in fact, is a live, authentic fishing village, so you can be sure that Champlion's seafood is fresh. Its fried clams are native Rhode Island clams -- not from Maine or Canada -- resulting in signature items like fried clams, clam cakes and clam chowder. The lobster dinners, lobster rolls, and steamers look like the real version of what you see in those chain restaurant television commercials -- but never quite find the same version when you go there.
Other items on the menu include fried squid, baked scallops, fish and chips, lobster bisque, baked stuffed flounder and charbroiled swordfish.
Management tells us that the restaurant hours might change in the fall and winter, so always call ahead before traveling to this terrific seafood restaurant with an equally terrific location that has been in business for more than 69 years!
256 Great Island Road
State: Rhode Island
Phone: (401) 783-3152
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