Flo’s Clam Shack has been famous for their clams since 1936. What a history they have had.
Flo’s was founded in 1936 on Island Park in Portsmouth, only to be wiped out by the Hurricane of 1938. In 1954, Hurricane Carol destroyed it again. In 1960, Hurricane Donna blew Flo’s over.
Then the hurricanes left them alone until 1985, when Gloria visited, and 1991, when Hurricane Bob devastated the area.
Still, they don’t give up: Flo’s added a Middletown location in a beach cottage (near the Middletown – Newport line on Rt 214 Valley road). That cottage survived the Hurricane of '38. Flo’s is still there and thriving.
The Middletown location is open from early March until New Year’s Day; their Island Park location as well opens in early March with a different closing at Halloween.
Flo’s has been frying clams since 1936 when a Massachusetts man wanted clams served other than steamed or raw. He fried them. The clams are lightly dusted with batter and the fresh, tender, sweet clams are delicious.
Clams aren’t the only thing that Flo’s is famous for. Their chowder is creamy, clear or red and they have served over 40 million clam cakes. All of their many seafood dishes always fresh and cooked to order.
Flo’s has won so many accolades; Vanity Faire magazine's “Best Beach Treats in the World,” Rhode Island Monthly's "Best of Rhode Island" from 1994 until 2010, The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, WBZ Boston, have written about them, just to name a few. So whether you are visiting Aquidneck Island or live here, as they say, “Everybody knows you gotta go to Flo’s.” Remember, it is cash only.