Wein-O-Rama is a full-menu, breakfast-and-lunch diner specializing in hot weiners, the unique Rhode Island way with franks. Small tube steaks are bedded in soft buns and topped with meat sauce, mustard, chopped raw onions, and a sprinkle of celery salt.
Gray's is a Rhode Island favorite, its ice cream grand and dignified. The myriad flavors are simple and comprehensible, including all the usuals, plus New England favorites Grape-Nuts and frozen pudding. Note especially ginger ice cream, made from real ginger root, flecks of which dot the creamy white custard.
Rhode Island statutes declare that jonnycakes must be made with white cornmeal, but J.P. Spoonem's defies culinary law by using yellow cornmeal in the johnny cakes (note the alternate spelling), which are maple-flavored and mouth-watering tasty.
One of the biggest restaurants in the world, Wright's Farm serves the now-classic Blackstone Valley chicken dinner with all the fixin's. It's an all-you-can-eat affair; the chicken and fried potatoes are unsurpassed.
Seventy-some years ago, Italian immigrants used to gather to play Bocce at the home of the Pavoni family. Mama Pavoni made roasted chicken and pasta and when her stepdaughter decided to open a restaurant in the basement of the family home, called the Bocce Club. Specialty of the house: dinner of roast chicken, bathed in butter and olive oil and seasoned with rosemary, accompanied by an antipasto, roasted potatoes as well as French fries and tomato-sauced pasta.
After taking formal courses on ice cream manufacture, Deb and Bob Saunders opened the Daily Scoop in Bristol, across the street from Independence Park. Their pints of premium ice cream are available in area stores and in southern Connecticut and Massachusetts, but follow the patriotically red, white, and blue lane lines painted on the streets to the small shop with the picture-perfect view of Narragansett Bay.
An unassuming little shop tucked away on Route 114 next to Diamond Hill State Park, the Ice Cream Machine produces predictable favorites (Butter Crunch, Cookie Dough, Caramel Fudge) and wild flavors (Purple Cow, Birthday Cake, Green Tea) with a dynamite texture since 1977. The shop is also locally famous for their wholesale ice cream cakes, pies, brownies, and cookies.
Upon entering Brickley’s, we were immediately assaulted by the sweet aroma of freshly-baked waffle cones. You can always find rosy-faced scoopers who will happily dish up anything from a single scoop cone to a massive hot fudge sundae. This local institution is a favorite stop for folks heading to or from the South County shoreline.