Rejoice! Providence has a new seafood shack. I’ve been waiting since Blount closed its Jewelry District outpost quite some time ago. Travelers often ask me where to get clam cakes and chowder in Providence, and I am almost always at a loss on where to send them in the city (the answer was always Blount in East Providence, which is seasonal). Until now.
Dune Brothers Seafood serves clam cakes and chowder and fish and chips at a new outdoor space called the Shack. The Shack space is a partnership led by the owners of the Shop, a coffee shop and cafe in Fox Point, and team members include Dune Brothers Seafood, Design Under Sky and Stay Silent PVD.
Dune Brothers is located at 239 Dyer St., in Providence’s Innovation and Design District. The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission selected the business to operate a temporary food concession as part of an event venue and public space to bring more vibrancy to the area during construction. It’s a red shack on wheels run by New England chefs Jason Hegedus and Nicholas Gillespie. “We’re an unconventional, local, sustainable seafood shack so it’s very chef driven,” says Gillespie. “We change our menu a lot due to what the farms and fishermen have.”
The chowder ($7) has fresh littlenecks – still in shell —right in it, paired with handcut potatoes, housemade salt pork, fresh dill, chives and parsley in a New England-style cloudy, clam juicy broth. It’s as good, if not better – dare I say it? – as our favorite Rhode Island clam shacks.