How to Vote in the 2019 Best of Rhode Island Readers’ Poll

Voting season is here!

bestOur Best of Rhode Island online readers’ poll, which runs now through April 30, is quite the undertaking. It’s true. (Click here to cast your vote.)

In years past, thousands of voters have flooded to vote for their Rhody favorites. Best of Rhode Island touches every corner of the state and, perhaps more importantly, it gives the reins to the locals. Whether you love a tiny cafe in Cumberland or a garden nursery in South Kingstown, we want to know about it.

And there’s more we want to know. This year’s poll includes several new categories involving food, fun and shopping. So give us a little of your time and we’ll give you a big, juicy issue in August. The team at Rhode Island Monthly, and the state’s small business owners, thank you for it.

Here’s a primer on what’s new:

New statewide restaurant categories. Where do you dine when someone else is paying? What’s the state’s best clam shack? Vote for your favorites in the statewide section.

Battle of the bagels. Boiled or baked: Have your say in this new statewide category.

Pick your peddler. We eliminated our statewide food truck category in favor of the general mobile food vendor category. We also added a pop-up vendor category.

Something fishy. Where do you shop for seafood? Give us the dish in the statewide category.

Shopping your kid can stand: We added a locally owned kids’ store category in the statewide section.

Cheers! Vote for your favorite craft beer festival in a new statewide category.

New and notable. We’ve added a best new restaurant in 2018 category in our regional sections. Keep it fresh, folks.

Sayonara, lunch and free attraction. When we have sandwich, burger and deli categories, whadda we need lunch for? We also nixed the free attraction category; not once has the Narragansett Pier showed up to collect its award, if you can believe it. Not once.

Queremos mas. We’ve swapped out the Mexican food category in our regional sections for the more general Latin category.

Wag more, bark less. New this year, we’ve added a doggie day care category to the regional sections.

All of your favorite categories — from statewide restaurant to regional fitness studio — are back this year, too. We can’t wait to see who you choose.

If you operate a local business and want to learn how to rally your troops for the vote, check out our handy business widget.

Vote now!


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