Where to Get Local Seafood for Pickup or Delivery
Rhode Island fishermen are still landing and harvesting the freshest local fish, clams, oysters and lobsters, and you can still easily get your hands on the bounty of the sea.
With more people cooking at home, right now is a really good time for fresh local seafood. Rhode Island fishermen are still landing and harvesting the freshest local fish, clams, oysters and lobsters and you can still easily get your hands on the bounty of the sea. Many of the fish markets and fishermen are adapting business models in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are still open, offering social-distancing measures just like your local grocery stores, and others are offering curbside pickup and even home delivery. If you visit a market, they’ll be wearing masks, and they are requiring that you wear masks, too. Take a look at some of the options below, and be sure to help support our local fishermen and markets.
Customers can still get live lobsters by visiting family-owned Sakonnet Lobster Co.’s market daily in person, and now they have adapted to provide home delivery on Fridays and Saturdays only in Little Compton and Tiverton and curbside pickup in Portsmouth. The lobsters are harvested by local lobstermen who fish out of Sakonnet Harbor into the coastal waters of Rhode Island. The market has been delivering to homes on Fridays and Saturdays in the Little Compton and Tiverton areas, and they are also doing curbside pickup at the Park and Ride off Boyd’s Lane in Portsmouth. All home delivery and curbside pickup orders have a $30 minimum and a $5 delivery fee. Call ahead to purchase your lobsters at 401-635-4371. The Little Compton and Tiverton deliveries take place around 3 p.m. and pickups at the Park and Ride occur shortly thereafter. Follow Sakonnet Lobster Co. on Instagram at @sakonnetlobster for more information and the specific schedule for delivery and pickup. The market itself is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. 26 California Rd., Little Compton, 401-635-4371, sakonnetlobster.com
Andrade’s Catch is open in Bristol, and the cash-only shop is helping local quahoggers continue to making a living by giving them a local place to sell their catch (check out C.J. Chivers’s amazing story about Andrade’s in the New York Times). All employees are masked up, and patrons must wear protective masks while visiting the business, too. Customers can order online in advance for quick pickup, and pay by cash when you arrive. If you want curbside pickup, just call the market with what you want to order and leave the cash payment in your trunk. Call ahead for day-of pickup at 401-253-4529. The business is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, shoppers will get a free pint of shucked quahog meat with a purchase of $24 or more. Andrade’s Catch, 186 Wood St., Bristol, 401-253-4529, andradescatchri.com/shop
The fish market is still open as well as the restaurant for takeout for cooked seafood. They are offering all kinds of great specials. Check out the Facebook page for daily prices and specials. Champlin’s is taking extra precautions and sanitation measures. Call the restaurant at 401-783-3152 to place an order in advance and they will get it ready for you to pickup. You can also order seafood to cook at home online. If you call when you arrive, they can also deliver your purchase to the parking lot. 256 Great Island Rd., Narragansett, 401-783-3152, champlins.com
Tony’s Seafood market is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and they are only allowing three people in the store at one time (please wear a face covering and keep social-distancing measures in check). They are offering call-ahead curbside pickup as well as delivery to neighboring towns (when delivery capacity is not already filled). All orders may be placed over the phone, and payments by credit card may also be placed over the phone. Submit orders before 2 p.m. for same-day delivery. You can also order fresh fish and other seafood from Tony’s Seafood through the WhatsGood app for home delivery on Wednesdays and Fridays. Add fresh fish to your produce purchase and they will deliver it directly to your home. Sign up for the email newsletter to learn about weekly specials. 1365 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Massachusetts, 508-336-6800, tonysfreshseafood.com/retail
The Local Catch is now delivering fresh, local seafood to homes three days a week in different parts of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Order on Monday for Thursday delivery in Providence, West Bay and Pawtuxet areas; Order on Tuesday for Friday delivery in Newport, all of Aquidneck Island and the East Bay; and order on Tuesday for Saturday delivery in Connecticut. Read the latest Local Catch newsletter and sign up by email for future updates. You can also pre-order and pre-pay for quick farmers market pickup at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market at Hope Artiste Village, which has moved outside into the courtyard at 1005 Main St. in Pawtucket, or the Aquidneck Growers Farmers Market at the Pell Elementary School parking lot at 35 Dexter St. in Newport from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. thelocalcatch.com
Ocean Catch is offering seafood in the market as well as Friday takeout with a limited menu to avoid a crowded space. The takeout menu is limited to fish n chips, chowders and clam cakes. Please call in orders ahead of time at 401-789-3474. Fish and chips dinners are two for $15.99. Takeout is available Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. 566 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 401-789-3474, oceancatchseafoodri.com
In response to the current crisis, Walrus and Carpenter Oysters is now shipping local Rhode Island shellfish from its ocean farms and local fishermen directly to people’s homes in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The business is doubling its already stringent sanitation regime. Your support will allow the skeleton crew to keep working and keep the Walrus and Carpenter oyster crops alive. Orders will be shipped weekly on Wednesdays. Cutoff time for ordering is 7 a.m. every Wednesday. Orders placed after cutoff time will be shipped the following Thursday. Shipping is included for all orders. See what’s available here, including oysters, wild clams and scallops. They also have plenty of gear for sale, including sweatshirts and T-shirts, shucking gloves and knives. walrusandcarpenteroysters.com
Narraganset Bay Lobsters is offering home delivery to select towns. They’ve added seafood options including fresh, organic Atlantic salmon, Block Island sea scallops, Point Judith fluke, scup, skate, monkfish and yellow tail sole, local cod and haddock, littlenecks, Rhode Island lobsters, calamari, stuffies and much more. The minimum order required is four pounds of seafood and delivery is free. Place your order here. All orders must be placed by 8 a.m. the day before next available delivery day. narragansettbaylobsters.com
Digger’s Catch in East Providence is still open, and the market sells local quahogs, littlenecks, steamers, lobsters, rock crabs and more. The owner is an original quahogger, so you know he’s got the right connections for the freshest local shellfish. 537 N Broadway, East Providence, 401-490-0740
For a more comprehensive list of seafood retailers, check out dem.ri.gov/riseafood/buy.php.