It might surprise you to know that the nation’s smallest state has one of the most interesting pasts. From Rhode Island’s part during the Colonial Period to the Industrial Revolution, there are centuries of fascinating history and its restaurants are no exception to this. Here are 8 restaurants with intensely interesting histories found in Little Rhody!
1. White Horse Tavern, Newport
The White Horse Tavern is the nation's oldest restaurant in continuous operation. It opened in 1673 and has been serving fresh and amazing food and cocktails since! Find them in the historic city of Newport.
2. Haven Bros. Diner, Providence
Founded in 1888, Haven Bros. Diner is one of the oldest restaurants on wheels in the entire nation. It was originally a horse drawn lunch wagon prior to its current form and can usually be found in downtown Providence outside of City Hall.
3. Olneyville N.Y. System, Providence
Olneyville N.Y. System is celebrating 70 years of business in Providence. Famous for the hot wiener, this place is perfect to visit for comfort food.
4. Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House, Warwick and Narragansett
This Rhode Island tradition has been around since the 1920s and took root as the oldest beach stand in the state. Enjoy delicious chowder, fantastic clam cakes, and of course their classic doughboys.
5. Aunt Carrie's, Narragansett
Ever wonder where the clam cake, deep fried strips of clammy awesomeness, actually came from? Now you know! Aunt Carrie's was built in 1920 in Narragansett and takes credit for introducing this classic Ocean State food.
6. The Coast Guard House, Narragansett
Though the restaurant was established in the 1940s, the building itself dates back to the 1800s. The addition of an outdoor patio has ensured that stunning views of Narragansett Bay can be enjoyed during your amazing meal.
7. Carriage Inn and Saloon, North Kingstown
This newly restored restaurant in North Kingstown dates back to 1760 when it ran as a stagecoach stop. Not only does this place serve delicious food, it's also a wonderful place to book for weddings and other private events.
8. Newport Creamery: multiple locations
After successfully owning a small milk operation and delivering milk on Aquidneck Island, the family that own this Rhode Island tradition opened the first Newport Creamery in the late 1940s. With 33 restaurants total now across three New England states, the restaurant continues on with its mission of serving delicious dairy products and great food to its customers.