We’ve all had disappointments in things we’ve seen on T.V. Consider that expensive skin cream that was supposed to erase wrinkles and leave you looking 20 years younger overnight. However, there is one show out there that tells it like it is. Food Network star Guy Fieri knows flavors and his show highlights some of the best around. These Rhode Island diners, drive-ins, and dives live up to their moment of fame every single day. Enjoy the Ocean State’s eateries that have earned their place in Flavortown.
1. Louis Family Restaurant
This long-standing spot has been serving comfort food and all-day breakfast to locals for decades. There are no frills, but the food is amazingly good and the portions are huge. Guy devoured the BBQ chicken ravioli and granted raved reviews. Find Louis Family Restaurant at 286 Brook St., Providence, RI 02906.
2. Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar, Narragansett
Choose from more than 30 different burgers at this popular Ocean State eatery. The restaurant may be small but it's big on flavor. Go for a juicy burger or try one of the vegetarian or vegan offerings. Guy's winning pick was the Whassupy Burger made with melted Brie cheese and a sesame-fennel-wasabi spice mix. Visit Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar at 144 Boon St., Narragansett, RI 02882.
3. Evelyn's Drive-In, Tiverton
This waterside clam shack in Tiverton has gained quite a reputation for its over-the-top chowder and fried seafood. While we may not immediately think of Lobster Chow Mein when we hear the words Evelyn's Drive-In, maybe we should. This odd pairing knocked Guy's socks off when he visited this little drive-in. You can try this now famous dish too at 2335 Main Rd., Tiverton, RI 02878.
4. Edgewood Cafe, Cranston
This BYOB eatery offers a delicious array of pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. This classic comfort food is anything but ordinary and the flavors stretch on for miles. The littlenecks over pasta were what wowed Guy in this savory spot. Find the Edgewood Cafe at 1864 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905.
5. Aunt Carrie's, Narragansett
It's no surprise that Guy called out the clam cakes at Aunt Carrie's. Crispy on the outside and loaded with clams, this dish has been a mainstay at the restaurant since its beginning in the 1920s. What else to order while you're there? Try the steamers and save room for the strawberry shortcake dessert. Visit Aunt Carrie's, April - September, at 1240 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882.
6. Anthony's Seafood, Middletown
This longtime diner and seafood wholesaler stands by the freshness of the food served here. Dive into one of Rhody's iconic stuffies for a spice-filled taste of heaven. Guy complimented these big boys heartily and if you've ever had one, you know why. Visit Anthony's Seafood at 963 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.
7. Italian Corner, East Providence
If you think sandwich making is simple then you've never tasted one from the Italian Corner. These are much more than a mouthful and have huge flavors to match. Guys pick was the brasato sandwich special on a fresh-baked roll. If you come for dinner opt for one of the homemade pasta dishes that will leave you craving more. Find the Italian Corner at 10 Boyd Ave., East Providence, RI 02914.
8. Angelo's Civita Farnese Restaurant, Providence
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Angelo's Civita Farnese Restaurant is full of old-school charm where the whole family can enjoy a hearty and delicious meal. The braciola over a bed of fresh pasta captured Guy's attention but the locals know the meatballs, marinara, and fries are where it's really at. Settle in for old-world Italian at Angelo's Civita Farnese Restaurant located at 141 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02903.
The Liberty Elm Diner and Mediterraneo Caffe were also featured on Guy’s show, but have since closed. Which of these Rhode Island diners, drive-ins, and dives have you visited? For the best chowder in the Ocean State, take a trip on this
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