The Boston Globe Discovers Little Compton

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And by ‘Little Compton’, they actually mean ‘Adamsville’.

The Boston Globe published an article about life in one of Rhode Island’s most famed small towns titled “Little Compton  distills rural aura” (which sounds great…provided you don’t think about how one might actually distill an aura).

Intrepid Globe Correspondent Lauren Daley hit up The Barn:

Anyone who’s been to Little Compton will tell you to breakfast at The Barn. Follow their advice. The brunch nook is, literally, a restored two-floor barn without even a sign on its rustic doors (there is a road sign.)

It consistently wins local awards for best breakfast. Everything is homemade and everything is from scratch, from the cinnamon raisin French toast to the corned beef hash with green peppers and carrots. Many items have local twists or local ingredients, from the fluffy pancakes bursting with local blueberries, to the Portuguese omelet with chourico, peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese, and Portuguese sweet rolls that can’t be beat. Don’t be confused if your GPS reads Adamsville, which is a village in the town (13 Main St., Adamsville, Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-noon,Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 401-635-2985, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Barn-Restaurant/171111597692).

And then she spent what sounds like a few hours at Simmons:

LAUREN DALEY FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Credit: Lauren Daley

For lunch or early dinner, try the nearby Simmons Cafe and Market. If you haven’t been in a while, you’ll get a happy surprise: Once a barebones general store, it’s been recently transformed into an indoor farmers’ market and organic cafe with local produce, fresh cut-flowers, homemade sandwiches and ice cream, and free Wi-Fi to boot.

Nearly everything else in the store is made within a 100-mile radius: Fresh baguettes delivered daily, local milk, eggs, cheeses, brownie, and bread mixes made in Dartmouth, Mass., local jellies, applesauce made in Pawtucket, peanut butter from Providence. Even the ice cream is homemade in the store, as fresh as cream.

Another section of the store has been newly transformed into a Wi-Fi cafe with plush white couches, pillows, and art on the wall. Dinner is also made fresh — from homemade chicken pot pie to sweet potato casserole or eggplant Parmesan, plus soups, salads. For dessert? Fresh-baked pies and that creamy ice cream (78A Crandall Road, Daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 401-635-2420).

As best as we can tell, Daley took advantage of all that free Wi-Fi to pull up Yelp and get the info for the rest of the local spots that get mentioned, as details start getting a little sparse:

A-1 Pizza in the Town Common offers hot and cold grinders, Buffalo wings, calzones, and some 40 types of pizza (20 Commons, 401-635-8353).

That’s it. No mention that A-1’s unique pepperoni pizza tastes like home to anyone who grew up in Little Compton. Oddly enough, A-1 and the Art Cafe are pretty much the only spot on the Commons that gets a mention.

Drive 10 miles from the quaint Town Common — complete with white steeple church, general grocer, and the town’s only school — to the open ocean, and you’ll see more cows than people; more barns than stores, golden haystacks, grazing horses, ancient barns and centuries-old stonewalls, all just an hour south of Boston.

Somehow a profile of Little Compton’s iconic restaurants and businesses failed to mention The Commons Lunch and Wilbur’s General Store by name, which is akin to writing all about Newport’s mansions, be leaving out the Breakers, because the reporter didn’t want to turn off Bellevue.

To an outsider, the minutia of the difference between the town of Little Compton and the village of Adamsville may seem irrelevant, and for the most part it is, but at the same time, any Comptonite worth their salt is going to have the same little alarms popping off in their heads as they read about their hometown.

Overall: 3 out of 5 Quahogs

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Comptonite Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?