You wouldn’t know there is a pandemic if you took a drive to Oakland Beach.
Parking lots are full at Iggy’s, Iggy’s Boardwalk and Top of the Bay, as well as the beach, picnic area and playground, are filled with people looking to get out of the house and enjoy the good weather.
We made reservations last Friday at 5 p.m. ay Iggy’s Boardwalk, where all the patio tables were filled and they were adding tables down on the sand.
Taking advantage of the coupon in the Beacon, we enjoyed a shared free appetizer and mini doughboys with our entrees.
I enjoyed Iggy’s clear chowder, while Joyce chose a salad, both of which come with the entrees. Our waitress wisely suggested bringing them before the calamari appetizer, as the kitchen was very busy.
It proved to be a wise choice. The restaurant allows an hour and a half for dining, and it took all of that, which we didn’t mind as we enjoyed watching the seagulls and feeling the cool breeze on a hot night.
Joyce ordered the baked stuffed shrimp, while I had my favorite, baked sea scallops. Red potatoes and cole slaw complimented the dishes, which we shared.
We decided to take the doughboys home. They made it to the Cranston line, as we rationalized that we didn’t want them to get cold.
Next door at Iggy’s, the line went down to the beach, as people waited patiently for what had to be over an hour for their fish, doughboys, clam cakes and chowder.
Across the street, Top of the Bay was doing a brisk business, with inside dining on their two levels.
Our advice is to make reservations at Iggy’s Boardwalk and Top of the Bay well in advance, and get there early for Iggy’s take-out.
Oakland Beach’s “hidden gem,” Beach Café at 805 Oakland Beach Ave., is the local favorite, often overlooked by tourists on their way to the beach.
Beach Café is now open for indoor and outdoor dining and take-out. Reservations are required.
Friends brag about their breakfasts, especially their made-to-order omelets. Locals enjoy their comfort foods, like meatloaf and chicken pot pie.
I found their fish and chips to be excellent and less expensive than most restaurants. One night, Joyce couldn’t decide whether to order one or two hamburgers, only to discover it was two-for-one night.
Oakland Beach has evolved as one of Warwick’s go-to locations. You don’t have to travel all the way to South County to enjoy the sun, fun and great seafood. It’s right in your backyard.