Restaurants in Rhode Island

Seafood is outstanding in the Ocean State: lobster shore dinner, unique creamy-pink chowder with clam cakes on the side, garlicky snail salad that is a local passion. Rhode Island has a hot dog culture that is unique. Little franks served in what are known, obscurely, as “New York System” eateries get topped with spicy meat sauce and are eaten by fours and sixes. A full-bore chicken dinner eaten in an immense dinner hall is a weekend must. At almost every level of dining, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all well-accompanied by griddle cooked corn pancakes known as jonnycakes (or johnnycakes). Whatever and wherever you eat, have a glass of the official state beverage: coffee milk.

Rhode Island’s Most Famous Dishes

Scoops of strawberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice cream accompany a slice of 4-layer chocolate cake.

Ice Cream

Two glasses: coffee milk shake on the left, coffee milk (no ice cream) on the right

Coffee Milk

Chewy bits of snail wallow in garlic & veggies

Snail Salad

On a sunny picnic table, fried clams are piled high in a red-checked cardboard boat.

Fried Clams

Rhode Island’s Best Restaurants

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Great Rhode Island Recipes

Stack of thin, plate-wide gingerbread pancakes is topped with a globe of butter.

Gingerbread Pancakes


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