Pete Fountaine’s article in the Beacon prompted us to rush right over to Tommy’s “World Famous” Clam Shack and check it out. Pete is not known for hyperbole, but a new restaurant that calls itself “World Famous” seemed a bit pretentious to us.
Well, let me tell you, this clam shack, next to Dockside Seafood in the Meadowbrook section of Warwick, lives up to its claim. We have been warned that the lines are long and the parking lot fills up. (A result of Pete’s article or word of mouth? Probably both.)
We ordered the opening special: A single boiled lobster with fresh corn on the cob and hot, crispy French fries, for the amazing price of $9.95. The chef helped immensely by cracking the claws and opening the tail. The lobster was perfectly cooked, as were the corn and fries.
The printed and posted menu leaves a few items, like lobster, mussels and clams, at market price. With the current overabundance of lobster, now is the time to enjoy one (or two) at Tommy’s.
We’ve also tried their clam cakes, which are filled with large tender chunks of clams and as good as the old Rocky Point clam cakes ($3.50 a half dozen/$6.50 a dozen.)
We’ve had their fish and chips at Dockside, and they remain at the top of our list at a most reasonable $7.95.
Tommy’s has a large menu, and we’ll be back to try some of the other items we watched our picnic table neighbors consuming, like a half dozen little necks for $3.95, fried calamari for $5.95 and fried smelts, which are hard to find in many restaurants for $5.95.
Check out their ads or stop and pick up a menu. Eat under their umbrellas, or order take-out. The food is great and the prices are family-friendly.