Rhode Island’s 10 Best Foodie Neighborhoods

It's a beautiful day in these neighborhoods, where food and drink are the major draws.

Clockwise from top left: Owner Raymond Rodrigues Jr. serves up hot wieners at Rod’s Grille. Enjoying comfort food at the intimate Eli’s Kitchen. Musician Cayce Kenny with Dinner, the official bar dog at Jack’s Bar. The stage at the Galactic Theatre. David Podsnap performing with his band, Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys at the Square Peg. Photography by
Wolf Matthewson.

Downtown Warren

Population: 1,200 (downtown); 10,611 (warren) ◆ Food and Drink establishments: 30

Warren is a tiny town that has it all: wonderful restaurants, waterfront property, art galleries, small food businesses, a beach, bike path and more. It has that quirky art town feeling that has led some to sport T-shirts that read, “Keep Warren Weird.” The downtown boasts so many great places to eat including Eli’s Kitchen, which has a little bit of everything including crab beignets and shrimp and grits, as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly items. Order al taglio-style thick crust pies stacked with toppings at Federal Hill Pizza or opt for fine dining dishes served in a casual atmosphere at Metacom Kitchen. Bywater is known for its parking lot patio, artisanal cocktails and farm-to-table cooking that stars local produce and sustainable seafood as major menu players. Regulars go weekly to the Square Peg and Revival Craft Kitchen and Bar for American comfort food and good drinks, or slide into Jack’s Bar where there’s always a lineup of locals. The Wharf recently got an upgraded interior with beautiful views of the water. For hot wieners and chourico sammies, hit up Rod’s Grille’s family-run, diner-style eatery that recently achieved Hollywood fame with the filming of AMC’s “NOS4A2.”

The Scoop:
Where to park:
There are several municipal parking lots. Free public parking can be found behind Town Hall, along Railroad Avenue (off Child Street), along Main Street and Water Street.
Shop: Kickstart a natural skin care routine at the Peyton Company, shop for gifts at Cerulean and Made In Warren, and find books at Ink Fish Books. Luca kids’ consignment boutique has some of the best gently used designer kids’ clothing in the state.
Cup of coffee: Coffee Depot will always be Warren’s main street stop where art and strong brews comingle (plus, they have Knead doughnuts early Wednesday and Saturday mornings). If you’re looking for a coffee cabinet, Delekta’s is the place that invented the Rhode Island-centric drink.
Hidden gem: The latest restaurant to join the foodie fray is Rhody Roots, where everything is made from scratch using local ingredients.
Grab a drink: The Galactic Theatre shows silent films Tuesday through Sunday, and there’s almost always a local music act taking the stage while bartenders serve cocktails, craft beers and wine. —J.C.

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