You can’t miss the big red, white and blue colors adorning the small building and dozens of picnic tables scattered over the macadam parking lot in between Firestone and Ann & Hope Factory Outlet on Warwick’s Post Road.
You also can’t miss the parking lot filled with cars and the long lines waiting to order Rocky Point’s “Famous” clam cakes and chowder. A friend told me he waited over two hours to get his clam cakes last weekend.
“It was worth it,” he said. “They tasted just like I remember them.”
We had to give it a try, but didn’t want to wait two hours, so we went on a Monday afternoon at 4 p.m….and there was still a line, but only a short wait. We brought our son and daughter-in-law, both of whom had spent many hours and loads of money at Rocky Point. Sitting at the picnic table, we enjoyed the placemats and photos under a plastic covering, telling all about the rides and their history.
While the Rocky Point Clam Shack has a full menu of lobster, fish and chips, stuffies, clams, scallops, calamari, smelts and even hotdogs and hamburgers, we were there for the traditional chowder, clam cakes and watermelon. ($6.99)
The small cup of chowder comes in red, white and clear and is loaded with clams. Sandy enjoyed the traditional red chowder that the Shore Dinner Hall used to serve in large bowls. Joyce and I preferred the clear (Rhode Island) chowder, which actually contained more clams than potatoes. Scott skipped the chowder and watermelon and ordered a large box of clam cakes ($7.50).
Ah, yes, the clam cakes…small, crunchy, greasy, with lots of clams, they were as we all remembered them, leaving us with pleasant tastes of Rocky Point clam nostalgia.
To top it off, there was the watermelon and a Del’s Lemonade stand. Scott and Sandy have yet to find a Del’s truck in nearby Connecticut.
Chef Alfonso Garcia will gladly prepare “The Palladium” for you at market price. It includes two boiled lobsters, steamers, Central Falls kielbasa, corn on the cob, fries, chowder and watermelon.
There are also rides, little kiddie rides like you find in front of local box stores. They cost 75 cents for a little motion in a car or pony, a far cry from the Music Express and roller coaster for a quarter.
We will always miss sitting at the long tables in the massive hall by the water, as waiters brought all the chowder and clam cakes you could eat, but the clam shack will have to do…and apparently it is doing very well.
The Rocky Point Clam Shack is open seven days a week. For more information, go online at www.rockypointclamshack.com.