Finding the Crows Nest was slightly challenging; its located deep in a Warwick neighborhood that by a marina, but once your in, its easy to spot the appropriately named Crows Nest, as it sits prominently atop the slight rise from the boat docks and enjoys a commanding view of the water and boats below. To me, upon seeing it for the first time, the term “hidden gem” immediately came to mind.
Inside, the restaurant is cozy in the way that many family restaurant are, but once you step through the doors you find its surprisingly large inside, with several large dining rooms filled with many Warwick locals and boaters.
I started my dinner out with a bowl of the delicious New England clam chowder and three clam cakes. Having never tried a clam cake before I have no benchmark by which to judge, but these were flavorful dough balls of fresh fried clammy goodness. I think if I hadn't been trying to pace myself I would have stuffed myself on them and not left room for my main entre.
My main dish included a house made Coleslaw made with thinly shredded fresh cabbage and wisps of carrots mixed in, it had a slightly sweet taste overall, but was light in its creaminess. My baked potato was, well a baked potato! It was done to the right temperature and nice and fluffy inside.
The baked shrimp were outstandingly fresh and well presented. The shrimp sat in light butter, topped with a baked breading that reminded me allot of one of those Japanese Tappan grill places garlic or golden shrimp dishes. This version however, had an interesting taste that was somewhere between a gingerbread cake and thanksgiving turkey stuffing.
The Crows Nest is a great place to dine, I had wonderful attentive service and really enjoyed the food, and found the prices to be a great value too.