Warwick’s Tommy’s Clam Shack is much more than clams.
While the fried clams, clam cakes and clam chowder are all delicious, Tommy’s offers a wide variety of other seafood specials, plus hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken fingers for those fussy kids.
Tommy’s Trio drew us to the Warwick Avenue clam shack when it opened. Three clam cakes, a cup of chowder (get the Rhode Island clear chowder) and a 3/4 lobster roll for $23.99 became our favorite.
Tommy’s is an offspring of the Dockside Market next door where we have been buying our fresh fish and deli items for years.
Many of their items are now cooked for you and can be enjoyed under the tent or umbrellas on the property.
We have been buying Dockside’s jumbo lump Crab Cakes with their special Remoulade sauce and heating them in our microwave. Now you can order them ready to eat for $14.99 for two.
Baked/blackened cod with potato salad, coleslaw, lemon and seasoned crumbs ($17.99) has been added, along with fried smelts ($12.99). You don’t find smelts on many menus, but they really are quite tasty. Maryland-style soft shell crabs are $14.99.
Tommy’s had a recent lobster special weekend, which I hope they will bring back. The lobsters were cooked perfectly, cracked open for you, and reasonably priced.
There are daily specials including a variety of stuffies that are also available at the market next door. All you need to do is warm them up.
Fish and chips are always a popular item ($16.99). They claim to be the largest and freshest in the state. I won’t argue that, but they are large and fresh.
No need to travel east or south for hot and cold lobster rolls any more. Tommy’s has them for $29.99 (hot) and $26.99 (cold) with a half pound of fresh lobster meat.
The lines can get long on weekends, with everything cooked fresh to order. While waiting, chances are you’ll be treated to one of their hot clam cakes.
They now have beer and wine available, which makes the wait more tolerable. Live music on weekends and a DJ during the weekend add to the fun.
The address is 2247 Warwick Ave. Check out Dockside while you’re there.
Correction: Last week I talked about lobsters at another seafood shack and mentioned not eating the tails. Of course, I meant the bellies. We used to entertain people from mid-America at Chamber of Commerce conventions in Newport, as they tried their first lobster. I would tell them, “Don’t eat the tails. Give them to me. I’ll take care of them.”
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