Fried Seafood Paradise

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I have made quite a few trips to Newport RI but have somehow managed to skip over one of the best dining options this tourist town has to offer: Flo’s Clam Shack.  At first glimpse this place screams tourist trap but my Newport native tour guide informed me that this was the place to go for delicious seafood.  It wasn’t hard deciding what to order, there were some “must haves” for us Flo’s virgins that included the stuffies (stuffed quahogs) and the clam cakes (what us mainers call clam fritters).  To satisfy the rest of our fried food cravings we went with the seafood platter and washed it all down with some cold cans of coke.

Back Off Seagulls!

Back Off Seagulls!

Beer was an option here but be didn’t spring for it because prior to our Flo’s trip we had an IPA tasting at Newport’s Pour Judgement.  We each got a different IPA and tried each others, all got our seal of approval.

  • American IPA- Cisco Brewers, MA
  • Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA- Clipper City Brewery, MD
  • Flower Power IPA- Ithaca Beer Company, NY

Overall I felt that the prices at Flo’s were very reasonable, obviously you are going to be dishing out some cash for fried seafood but if anyone has ever shucked a steamer clam they would realize how time consuming it is.  Our pile of fried heaven cost us about $35.  If you wanted to go the cheaper route then I would suggest a stuffie ($2.50) and a dozen clam cakes ($6.50).

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About Holly

The Story of Holly

Told by Miz Emily

Holly first introduced me to the concept of "caw-ing" almost 3 years ago. My life has never been the same. By day this crow works the office life but by night you will certainly find Holly (Party Pants) Stevens in her Jamaica Plain kitchen cooking and dancing the night away in true crow fashion. Proudly hailing from Maine's Old Orchard Beach, this wild one has figured out how to combine her love for New England- its history, its food, & its boozy dance parties- with her love of classic elegance. Holly's food is fresh, locally produced, healthy, and full of flavor. A self-described salt hound, no taste bud goes untouched by a meal at Holly's nest. By combining simple salads with rich pastas, fish, and soups, no visitor will leave unsatisfied. Moreover, no hangover goes uncured when morning walks with Holly are kicked off with a hidden stash of irish coffee, and finished off by a nice warm plate of oven potatoes and frittata.

Glancing around her kitchen you will find a few staple items including a mini whisk (for perfect salad dressing), the classiest compost bucket I've ever seen, a kick-ass vegetable hutch, and most importantly a tasty beverage ready to meet your hand. Her home is cozy and warm, and her hospitality is outmatched by no one. On the bookshelves you will find recipes given to her by friends, and books like Omnivore's Dilemma and Salt: A World History, the later being one of the best book suggestion I've ever received, and the subject of her college thesis. Never missing the chance to make a dinner party a dance party, Holly is in constant motion, ready to motivate the group with classy tunes like Credence, Al Green, and GirlTalk. Unless, of course, Top Chef is on.

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