FINALLY the weekend had come in Boston. Our training group (or at least a select portion of us) had a full weekend planned of activities and sightseeing. But more importantly, good food. First up was a trip to Rhode Island. I could finally cross seeing Rhode Island off my bucket list. Okay...that wasn't an actual bucket list item, but getting real New England seafood was. Trafford Restaurant in Rhode Island made that happen.
Finding a good restaurant in the area was a lot more difficult than you would imagine. None of us were familiar with any of the restaurants in the tiny state so we had to rely on internet reviews. And again, you have no idea how reliable any of those are. We also used the restaurant's location to assist in our decision. We figured if it was actually close to a bay then the likelihood was pretty great that they would have bomb seafood. That's how Trafford Restaurant was chosen.
The first thing I immediately noticed was the amazing view the spot had. It sat right on the edge of a bay that opened to the ocean. Dozens of yachts of different sizes moved about and were docked just outside the restaurant. I never thought that one of my best pics would come from a restaurant but that's exactly what happened. I was able to capture a Rhode Island sunset from the bar patio as we waited for our food. The entire place had breathtaking views in every direction you looked. It was a photographer's cornucopia.
I started off with a bowl of claim chowder. They had the option of either a cup or a bowl. The difference was only a dollar. However, when my bowl came out as opposed to the cup everyone else had gotten, it looked to me like it was the same amount of soup, just presented in different sized dishes. After just one bite, I wished they would have had vat-sized. I can NEVER eat Chunky Soup clam chowder again after having that. Every bite had chunky and succulent seafood in it so luscious and could taste the freshness that required very little seasoning due to its natural flavor.
Trafford would have been a good spot to get lobster. Instead, I wanted to save that for the trip to Cape Cod the following day. I compromised though and went with a lobster roll. I had never heard of it before getting to New England but I swear every place we went had their own version of one. Figured it had to be pretty good. Especially at that restaurant. I just didn't think it would be a cold sammich. Although even cold you could tell the distinct difference between their real lobster and crab and the canned/packaged version I would very seldom get at grocery stores back home.
A week later, I'm still not sure which I enjoyed more about Trafford: the ambiance or the food. That lobster roll was really pretty decent. However, sitting on that open patio with a 80 degree sunny weather while a soft breeze was blowing thru and a view of the sunset over the bay was beyond words. That setting could have made any food taste good.