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9 Things Only Real Rhode Islanders Love to Eat and Drink

Rhode Island Food + Drink
by You Gotta Love Rhode Island Dec 7, 2016

1. Quahogs

Thanks to Rhode Island School of Design graduate, and Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, most of the country thinks Quahog is a city. But actually, it’s a hard-shell clam native to the Northeast coast. They usually come stuffed with a spicy mix of breading and meat. You might also hear it referred to as a ‘stuffie’.

2. Hot wieners

Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s just a smaller, spicier version of the hot dog. We order them ‘All-da-way’, which means: mustard, onions, celery salt, and meat sauce on top. And at New York System, the chef will prepare them by lining them up on his arm. It’s the only way.

3. Coffee milk

We invented it and we love it so much that it became the official drink of the state. Ice cold milk with coffee flavored syrup stirred in. It goes great with a couple of hot wieners ‘all-da-way’.

4. Pizza strips

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Made fresh daily at bakeries around the state, the perfect snack for parties or if you’re on-the-go. Thick crust, with lots of tomato sauce, and a little oregano. That’s it. No cheese, no toppings. Served in square or rectangle strips. It’s great toasted or cold.

5. Clam cakes

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No, it’s not a cake made with clams. That would be disgusting. It’s a seafood delicacy in Rhode Island, especially in the summer. You take the meat from a clam, or quahog, dip it in batter, deep fry it… and you get this crispy golden-brown ball of seafood deliciousness.

6. Calamari

We’re the Ocean State and we love our seafood. Another loved staple of Rhode Island is fried squid, better known as Calamari. Squid meat, deep-fried into golden rings make a great appetizer. So much so that in 2014, the state made it the official state appetizer.

7. Jimmies

You know those chocolate sprinkles you put on your ice cream sundaes? Rhode Islanders call them jimmies.

8. Awful, Awful

Awful big, Awful good. The Awful, Awful is an original version of a milk shake available at a Rhode Island restaurant chain called Newport Creamery. It’s made with the ice cream flavor of your choice, mixed with flavored syrup, and a secret icy milk concoction. Despite its thickness, you drink it with a straw and hope to avoid brain freeze. True Rhode Islanders will order theirs with ‘jimmies’ mixed in.

9. Del’s

Del’s is a soft frozen lemonade treat that was invented in Rhode Island. The first sign of summer around these parts is when you see the OPEN sign at your local Del’s Lemonade Stand. It’s sugar, crushed ice, and lemons, created in a way that is cold, and icy, but not frozen solid. It’s like a smooth lemonade slush, with bits of lemon chunks mixed in. It’s scooped into a cup with a big label, and it comes in several flavors including Cherry, Watermelon, and original Lemon. Do not drink it with a straw!

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