You certainly do not have to stick to Rhode Island’s cities and big towns to find incredible cuisine. In fact, some of the best meals are being served up at rural restaurants. Hit the road and travel to the Ocean State’s less populated areas to discover these culinary destinations that are so worth the drive.
1. Johnny's Victory Diner, Burrillville
If you wake up before your alarm with the munchies, head out to Johnny's Victory Diner. Opening at 5 a.m. daily, you'll find made-from-scratch meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From Memorial Day to Labor Day enjoy their famous BBQ on Friday nights. Find this out-of-the-way spot at 2731 Victory Hwy., Burrillville, RI 02830.
2. Tavern On Main, Chepachet
Tavern On Main is a fantastic place for a delicious variety of American classics. Built in the early 1700s, this colonial building is rumored to be the most haunted restaurant in Rhode Island, so you just might spot a ghost at dinner! Find this unique tavern at 1157 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814.
3. The Charlestown Rathskeller, Charlestown
This restored speakeasy serves elevated pub grub that will have you hungering for more. A crave-worthy selection of sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and salads will please any diner. Find this laidback eatery at 489A Old Coach Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813.
4. Corner Bistro, North Scituate
Craving Italian? The Corner Bistro has all of your favorites cooked in an authentic fashion. From pasta to parm, you'll love the saucy entrees at this scrumptious eatery. Find this cozy spot at 1115 Hartford Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857.
5. Shady Acres Restaurant & Dairy, Foster
Enjoy diner classics like eggs benedict, pancakes, burgers, pasta, and more at this roadside restaurant. Slide into one of the booths and prepare for all of your favorites including a sweet selection of ice cream. Discover the classic eats at this restaurant located at 164 Danielson Pike, Foster, RI 02825.
6. Back In Thyme Herb Farm & Kitchen, Hopkinton
You'll find friendly hospitality and service at Back In Thyme Herb Farm & Kitchen. Dive into food that doesn't fool around with creative dishes like beet salad, Greek lasagna, butternut chili, and more. Find this culinary gem at 493 Main St., Hopkinton, RI 02833.
7. K&S Pizza, Charlestown
While it seems like there are pizza joints around every corner in Rhode Island, K&S Pizza is worthy of a special visit. The menu boasts a generous selection of specialty pies with tons of fresh ingredients and unusual combinations. Check out this yummy pizza joint at RI-91 & Route 112, Charlestown, RI 02813.
8. Alaina's Ale House, Richmond
Dig into some comfort food with Irish flair at Alaina's Ale House. A menu loaded with full flavor tavern fair is just waiting for you. Karaoke nights, live music, and lawn games add to the fun at this spot. Visit this entertaining and flavorful restaurant at 343 Kingstown Rd., Richmond, RI 02892.
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