Matunuck Oyster Bar, S. Kingston, RI
I wrote about Matunuck Oyster Bar back in 2010, and decided it was high time for a reappearance on the list. We head here at least three or four times a year for massive platters of oysters snatched from their very own farm, lovely libations (like a wicked Watermelon Mojito), and mountains of steamers. September starts what aficionados say is oyster season, so if you’re a fan of the bivalve, consider a truck east to Rhode Island. It’s busy and loud at dinner, and expect a line, but we go early and call it Linner. From 4 – 6pm oysters are buck-a-shuck, but don’t expect your waitress to fill you in on this little secret. Just plop down under the tents overlooking the salt pond and order up 36 fresh and briny ones. And maybe some clam chowder. Oh, and do NOT skip the clams and linguini (possibly the best I’ve had). And grandma’s fresh fruit pie for dessert. You’ll waddle away making plans to return next weekend.
photo credit: Bobbie Semple