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The Barking Crab Restaurant Review: Perhaps The Barking Crab isn't the best seafood joint in town, but it is the closest thing you'll find to an old-fashioned shore dining hall in Newport, with live lobsters and a traditional clambake on offer. A good beer selection is available; it includes regional favorites such as Newport Storm, Harpoon and Kona Pipeline Porter. The dinner experience can be uneven. Crab cakes are moist and meaty and nicely accompanied by a red pepper aïoli for dredging, and the buffalo scallops with hot sauce, creamy blue cheese and celery is a clever variation on the pub standard. Skin-on, cedar plank-grilled salmon is rich enough on its own without the lemon-dill butter, and the side of chunky garlic mashed potatoes is good traditional comfort food. You can also sample the restaurant's four (or more) varieties of crab, a selection you won't find on any other menu even in this seafarer's town. The outdoor, covered back patio is popular in the summer, but the view and breezes are better from inside when the big garage-style doors are open.