Last night we took the diets to the Mohegan Café on Water Street, overlooking Old Harbor. The dessert menu includes a brownie sundae with vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
The clam chowder was excellent, as good as Dead Eye Dick's, I think. It's hard to tell for sure without a side by side comparison. Every spoonful showed evidence of actual clams.
Suzy ate three-quarters of her sundae, then forced me, I say, I say, forced me, to eat the rest. I ate the rest with her dessert spoon. This tool ceased to be effective when only melted ice cream and chocolate sauce remained. I resorted to my chowder spoon. This caused a temporary blending of the flavors of chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and clam. I cannot recommend this combination.
There you have it: if you're in Old Harbor, go to the Mohegan for chowder; if you're in New Harbor, go to Dead Eye Dick's. By no means go to Rebecca's. Don't expect to find Rhode Island style anywhere.
And now, for something completely different. I got up at 4:30 this morning so that you wouldn't have to. The point of this video is the soundtrack, so crank up the audio if you can't hear anything. Since I can't upload a straight sound file to WordPress, I've wrapped it in a movie. (This actually is video. If you watch carefully you can see the trees sway, and occasionally a bird darts past.) This is a chill out video, not a “get you all fired up to conquer the world” video.
Update: That is an HD video. If your bandwidth can't handle it, here is a lower resolution version.