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The reality of meals in Narragansett is that portion size and quality make every meal a bargain. Plan on sharing appetizers and salads among two to four people or you won't be able to finish your entree. Plan on taking home half your entree even if you do share the first courses. Two can eat at Spain for under $45 (no booze) and still have enough for lunches the next day.
You won't find national fast food chains in Narragansett. By legal definition the two Subway Shops are lunch counters and could slip into the zoning. Nearly every restaurant is locally owned so if you really need a nationally known food chain of any ilk, you are out of luck.
If you are a big breakfast fan the best bargain in town is to be found at the area's Bed and Breakfasts. Most (not all, so ask for specifics when you are making your reservation) serve a hot, home cooked meal that can rival any of the local restaurants. These are not your standard motel pastries out of the box but real, stick to the ribs to almost gourmet offerings that are included in your lodging price. B&Bs will usually be less expensive than the hotels and can be a great value when you look at all the amenities they offer. (They will usually cheerfully heat up your restaurant dinner left-overs for your lunch which can add to your food savings.)
Places to check out:
Brickley's Ice Cream, Bonnet Shores. Do not order large. REPEAT: Do not order large. You will have trouble finishing the medium size. Consider ordering a small size. What is your favorite ice cream brand? HA, this family owned creamery is better. Go and don't worry about the lines as the super energetic staff whisks through the orders like there is no tomorrow.
Whale's Tale on Boston Neck Road, Bonnet Shores for well prepared food at breakfast or lunch. Not much on atmosphere but an exceptionally friendly place. Great value with large portions and prices mostly under $8. Sometimes open for dinner.
Twin Willows on Boston Neck Road, Bonnet Shores also. A neighborhood bar with very good food and a few tables with stunning views of the Bonnet Shore beach. It has a small outside deck also. Nothing too spiffy but very pleasant now that it is smoke-free (as are all indoor public buildings.) Good variety for lunch and dinner. Best value: $1 corn beef sandwich on St. Patrick's Day. You can easily stuff yourself for $10 or less .
Catarina's Italian Village is the second location for the Italian Village. Fine rendition of traditional favorites and of the owner's family recipes. Exceptional stuffed shells, good quality meats, and casual surroundings. Watch out for huge portions and plan for take-away.
West Bay Gourmet is also on the north end. Don't be put off by the name. They put together some fine upscale deli lunches and breakfasts for less than $8. If you are planning a catered event be sure to check them out - fabulous food, staff and pricing.
Markos Kabobs in the Pier area (Boon Street) is another owner operated hole in the wall. Everything on the menu is under $10 and made fresh on the premises. Don't care if you call it "Near Eastern" or "Middle Eastern" food, before you finish you will be calling it "Darn Good."
Crazy Burger also on Boon Street is a funky tradition that should be checked out. It offers vegetarian, vegan and meat lover options with "crazy" twists. "Crazy" means non-traditional and more spiced than most food found in RI. Most of the menu is under $7.00 but breakfast can be a real bargain, and is served until 4 in the afternoon! Elbow a local out of the way to get a seat.
Seafood is not particularly cheap since the fisherman need to earn a living and they can't make much money posing for pictures for the tourists. Let's just call it "affordable" and support the local economy.
For a traditional clam shack dining experience you still can't beat Champlin's in Galilee (just past the Block Island Ferry dock.) Worth it even if it has a line. Lobster Twins (2 lobsters 1- 1.5 pounds, ala carte) is a lot of food at a good market price cooked when you order. For the non-seafood lover there are a few sandwich options under $5. Traditional seafood will range from $6 to 15, lobster at market price of course could be higher.
Another classic is Aunt Carries down by the Point Judith Lighthouse. Recent recipient of a James Beard award for Classic American Cuisine it has all of the usual clam shack stuff, mostly under $18. One claim to fame: on site baked pies and bread to die for. Carry out window or table service is available.
Don't forget PJ's on Boon St. Lovely bar, great food.