Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I went down to Newport and Bristol, as well as other sections of Rhode Island for a family outing the other day, stopping at Quito's Restaurant in Bristol along the way. This was the first time I have been to Quito's in a few years, and I am happy to say that this Rhode Island institution is as good as ever.
Quito's, which is located at the end of the East Bay Bike Path (which is how I initially discovered it years ago), looks like your typical seafood shack from the outside; the front of the place houses a little market where you can pick up fresh fish, while the right side includes an outdoor patio with just enough shade to keep everyone happy. The main building, which feels like it sticks out over the water, includes a rustic dining room with several windows affording stunning views of the East Bay.
Our meals at Quito's were nothing short of spectacular this time around. The lobster scampi was simply wonderful, with fresh chunks of lobster mixed in with tasty pasta mixed with garlic and oil (and at $15.00, was a relative bargain, considering the prices for lobster in 2007). The crabcake sandwiches were also outstanding, with crabmeat that was much fresher and tastier than you will find at most seafood shacks in New England.
It is no stretch to say that Quito's may be my favorite seafood shack in all of New England (though there are several in Maine that I have yet to try). The seafood is superb, the service is friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere is classic New England. I only wish that Quito's weren't so well-known, since I would love to include a more detailed featured page for the place on this site. No matter, though; if you like seafood and haven't tried Quito's yet, you definitely need to head over Bristol to see why this place is so popular.
I grew up in Bristol and this place is amazzzzzing! Try the clam cakes next time. Best I have ever had.
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