Last time I was in Newport, my parents were in town and we made the mistake of eating lunch at The Candy Store because The Black Pearl was closed. This weekend, Andy's mom was in town so we made another trip to Newport and vowed to have a better meal. At first, we were geared up to go to The Black Pearl. But after Andy and his mom did a little more research, they decided they were in the mood for something a little more hole-in-the-wall, a little more authentic- so Anthony's Seafood in Middletown it was! It is a step above a hole, certainly, but it maintains a no-frills approach to seafood plates which I think appealed to all of us. Yes, we were missing out on the view of The Black Pearl, but we were getting some pretty great seafood at some pretty great prices. You order at the counter, and the food comes out fast. Andy's mom had the flounder and chips:
She was wowed by the large portion, the light batter, and the fresh flounder.
Andy had the salmon burger:
Which consisted of freshly ground salmon and lots of spices. I didn't try it, because I was much too involved in my dish, but he thinks it was "very good". If that was all he had to say, he should have followed my lead and ordered the lobster roll because I was thrilled with this:
Strangely, this picture makes the lobster roll look very drenched in mayonnaise and lacking in chunks of lobster. In reality, it was very light on the dressing and almost every single bite was a huge piece of lobster (including almost an entire claw!). It was one of the best lobster rolls I've had in awhile- and for only $16.95, certainly the best priced.
Even better, as we left, we were able to pick up some great fresh fish to go. I got some large shrimp to cook that night (that post tomorrow!), and Andy's mom got some scallops and cod to bring back to St. Louis (they will pack it up in ice and a cooler for you). Unfortunately for Andy's mom, she forgot the fish in our fridge! Fortunately for Andy and I, we now get to enjoy it this week! At least it won't go to waste...!