Thursday, August 21, 2008

The BEST Lobster Roll at Evelyn's Drive-In

Summer in New England does mean fresh fruits and vegetables but it also means fresh seafood! Fresh clams and lobsters are in abundance during the New England summer and one place that really knows how to do seafood justice is Evelyn's Drive-In located in Tiverton, Rhode Island - just over the bridge from Newport. Evelyn's is known for their fried whole belly clams, which are indeed awesome, and their Rhode Island Clam Chowder, also awesome, but I'm going to argue that what Evelyn's does best is their Lobster Roll!

On a Saturday afternoon just a month or two ago, Jeanine and I decided to make a detour on our way home from the beach to this famous little drive in in quiet Tiverton, RI. We'd been to Evelyn's several times before and knew it was the place to get a lobster roll. Warm, grilled hot dog bun overflowing with lobster meat, mayo on the side. This lobster roll is just plain lobster on a bun, and a lot of lobster. Spending a long day at the beach, I was starving, so in addition to the lobster roll I ordered up some fried whole belly clams and Jeanine had a cup of Evelyn's Rhode Island clam chowder. Rhode Island clam chowder is different from New England clam chowder in that the RI version has no cream, it is a clear broth with clams and potatoes; Manhattan clam chowder is the tomato based chowder.

Stuffing ourselves with great, fresh seafood at Evelyn's was the perfect ending to a great day. Next time you're in southern Rhode Island, make it a point to stop at Evelyn's, you won't be disappointed!

Rhode Island Clam Chowder

Whole belly fried clams

Lobster roll with french fries

Lobster salad plate with french fries

Evelyn's outdoor seating area

Picnic tables in Evelyn's parking area

Another cool thing about Evelyn's is that they were featured in Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network! Check this out:

Evelyn's Drive-In
2335 Main Rd.
Tiverton, RI 02878
Ph. (401) 624-3100

Evelyn's Nanaquaket Drive-In on Urbanspoon


  1. No doubt about it -- Evelyn's is one of the best. But the very best, and I don't feel like a disloyal Rhode Islander to say this, is Red's in Wiscasset, Maine. The best. Ever.

  2. Woah... I'm drooling. I may not be able to stop thinking about this place until I make a road trip there. I'm running from the computer now to find my calendar...

  3. Hi Lydia, you're the second person that has told me about Red's...I'm going to have to make a trip up to Maine, thanks for the tip!

    Hi Jenny, Evelyn's is worth the trip! While you're down there, stop into the Sakonnet Vineyards which is just down the road. They bottle some great local wines and the vineyard is beautiful!

  4. Damn that looks good. So much lobster!

  5. Funny that their sign has a Coke sign, but their umbrellas all say Pepsi on them.