North Providence residents and seafoodies beyond have been frequenting Anthony Arlia's Seafood Shack, the cozy blue box on Charles Street which has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best new clam shacks in the state, with a kitchen run by friendly elder statesmen who look like they've shucked a few quahogs and cranked out a few clambakes in their day. A small order of clam cakes ($4.25) can net close to 10 golden nuggets, and both variations of their chowder are a big hit, with generous amounts of sliced clam (not the minced, molar-wedging tidbits). Go for the Whole Belly Fried Clam Dinner ($9/$13) or combo platter ($12); the $6 foot-long fish sandwich is a lunchtime winner too. There are a few tables for no-frills dining-in and a steady Friday night take-out business (open year-round), so call ahead.
1007 Charles St, North Providence | 401.723.8888