40 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown
(401) 423-1020
www.chopmistcharlies.com

Chopmist Charlie's is several steps up from your usual clam shack. It's not seasonal, for one thing, so you can get your fill of clear and white chowder, clam cakes, and stuffies year-round. Also, there aren't too many clam shack owners who, like Chuck Masso, personally catch some of the fish that they later serve to their customers.

Masso grew up in Scituate and as a boy worked at the legendary Chopmist Hill Inn. Chopmist Charlie was his dad, a fisherman who had a boat with the same name. Chuck said in a 1998 Providence Journal article that he had always dreamed of running "a little, nautical Yankee-style fish place," and in 1994 he and his wife Trish made his dream come true when they bought the former Islander restaurant.

All of the traditional favorites are on the menu, along with a few surprises. You may have heard of a lobster roll, and you may even have heard of a clam roll, but an oyster roll? Charlie's has 'em all. Or you might try the New England Seafood Augratin, a casserole of shrimp, sea scallops, and lobster meat, baked in a lobster Mornay sauce and lightly topped with buttercrumb. During a 2001 visit we sampled an appetizer called Lobster Bites that was delicious. It's not a regular menu item, but if you ask nicely, maybe Chuck will whip some up for you. And then there are Charlie's stuffies, which won first prize at the International Quahog Festival in Wickford several years ago. Unlike any other stuffie we've ever seen, these are seared on a flattop. Some of the ingredients include panko bread crumbs, bacon, garlic, and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces, as well as a good portion of clams, so they're well worth checking out.

Chopmist Charlie's is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, 11:30am-10pm.

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