11 Food Experiences To Have in Rhode Island Before You Die
1. Dessert at Pastiche
This little joint rocks a menu of tarts, cookies and cannolis; even Bostonians have been known to ditch Mike’s Pastry and brave I-95 for an after-dinner sweet.
2. Coffee at Dave’s
Located in a mauve 1740s farmhouse off Route 1 in Charlestown, this coffee shop is hard to miss even without the line of parked cars stretching as far as the eye can see. Grab a spot on one of their retro seats and purchase a bottle of coffee syrup before you leave.
3. An Awful Awful at Newport Creamery
A concoction of whole milk, flavored syrup, and “secret” frozen ice milk.
4. Del’s at Dusty’s (After a Day at the Beach)
This not-quite-a-lemonade, not-quite-a-granita drink is available in two flavors – lemon and watermelon.
5. Johnnycakes at Kenyon’s Gristmill
Johnnycakes – little pancake-like cornmeal patties – have been a staple in Rhode Island for centuries. Made from stone ground white corn meal, hot boiling water or milk, and a little bit of sugar and salt, they’re best served straight off the griddle and at Kenyon’s Gristmill.
6. Oysters at Matunuck Oyster Bar
Everything at Matunuck Oyster Bar is farm-raised and wild-caught. Try the “Buck a Shuck” ($1 oysters and littlenecks). No reservations are accepted, but it’s worth the wait.
7. Stuffed quahogs
The clam meat gets chopped up and mixed with bread crumbs, herbs, and finely diced onion, bell pepper, and celery. The whole savory mess is then baked in a clam shell.
8. Pretzels and a Brew at The Malted Barley
Cheddar-stuffed jalapeño pretzels + a side of apricot butter + 30+ beers on tap.
9. Iggy’s Doughboys
Iggy’s has been around since the 1920s. Now, with the addition of their creamery, you can enjoy the same deep-fried deliciousness with a side of ice cream.
10. New York System Hot Wieners
Don’t call them hot dogs and don’t ask for ketchup – These are the cardinal rules at Olneyville New York System. Order one “all the way”.
11. Coffee cabinet at Delekta’s Pharmacy in Warren
What others in New England might call a milkshake or a frappe, here in Rhode Island it’s known as a cabinet.
Featured image by Dave’s Coffee.