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Celebrate National Beer Day Locally

For the smallest state, Rhode Island sure has a big brew scene. From the brewery-littered Blackstone Valley to the brewpubs of Providence, there are plenty of chances to drink locally. And what better excuse than National Beer Day? Check out  these five options for some delicious brews made by bonafide Rhode Islanders:

Ragged Island

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Ragged Island may be the newest brewery to the scene, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch. Although there’s an ever-changing selection of beers, there are often a couple of IPAs on tap for hopheads. Their TwoTree and TwoTree Mosaic are a couple of the more popular IPAs, with bright citrusy notes and plenty of body. For residents of East Bay, this might be your closest option for local brews. Open Fri. 4-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-6 p.m.


Courtesy of Foolproof’s Facebook

For a brewery that’s embraced its local roots, look no further than Foolproof. With beers with names like  Backyahd, there’s no forgetting Foolproof is Rhody born and bred. They also have a number of other beers with local inspiration, such as the Shuckolate, which incorporates the ever popular oyster into a chocolate stout. On the lighter side of the spectrum, they’ve recently released the Grotto, and IPA with tropical, fruity flavors. Open Thurs.–Fri. 4–7 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. 1–6 p.m.

Trinity Brewhouse

Courtesy of Trinity Brehouse’s Facebook

Probably the most famous brewpub in the state, Trinity Brewhouse has a handful of made-in-house beers on tap in their downstairs bar. Popular with theater-goers (as the name implies Trinity Rep is right next door) and college students, this brewpub has earned its fame for more than just its great downtown location. With rich stouts (How can you go wrong with a name like Darkness?) and extreme IPAs, beer fans of any persuasion will find a fit here. Open Sun.–Thurs.  until 1 a.m. and Fri.–Sat. until 2 a.m.

Revival and Brutopia

Courtesy of Brutopia’s Facebook

Brutopia and Revival offer a double whammy of beer-filled goodness: A brewpub and brewery have combined forces to become a brew-titan. If you’re hungry, sit down at Brutopia, grab some pulled pork nachos and a pitcher of exceptional beers. Revival Brewery crafts a unique selection of beers for Brutopia, however they also offer some of their widely available classics, like the Conga IPA or White Electric Coffee Stout through the brewpub. If you’d like to see how the beer is made, head downstairs (it’s Revival’s headquarters) and sample beers in the midst of their brewing operations. Brutopia open Sun.–Thurs. at 11:30 a.m – 11 p.m and Fri.–Sat. at 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Tilted Barn Brewery

Courtesy of Tilted Barn’s Facebook

This brewery’s farmside location is no gimmick; Tilted Barn Brewery grows its own hops (and a variety of other ingredients that they add to their brews) on the premises, which might account for why their beers have so much flavor. This is Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, although considering how spectacular the libations, it wouldn’t be surprising if a bevy of other breweries followed their lead. Open Fri. 5-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-4 p.m. Visit

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A Day in Olneyville

Olneyville: We all know it’s home to the culinary masterpiece known as the NY System Wiener, but what else? Let me fill you in; there’s a lot more going on in this Providence neighborhood than meets the eye. From exciting bars to relaxing yoga studios, this place has it all. Wanna spend the day Olneyville? Here’s your guide:

Boiler House Yoga

Courtesy of Boiler Hose Yoga’s Facebook

What better way to start your day than with a relaxing yoga session. Boiler House Yoga offers just that. The studio specializes in hot yoga, which involves temperatures around 100 degrees and meditative yoga poses. The facility has all the amenities, including a spacious lounge, a friendly staff and, most importantly, showers. Rinse off after a sweaty session and head out for the rest of your day.


Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners

Courtesy of Olneyville NY System’s Facebook

Would any trip to Olneyville be complete without some wieners? After yoga, head over to Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners and chow down on a few for lunch. This local institution has been in Olneyville since the 1930s, serving wieners covered in mustard, onions, celery salt and meat sauce. After four generations of serving up these specialized hot dogs, it’s safe to say they know their stuff.

Grin Contemporary Gallery

Courtesy of GRIN’s Facebook

After satisfying your stomach, sate your mind with some high brow art. With an ever rotating collection, the Grin Contemporary Gallery will keep you coming back for more. The artist-run gallery has had some unusual exhibits. For example, “Fantasia Colorado,” one of their past exhibits, explored fact and fiction with the story of the government’s attempt to use camels in the US Army. You never know what to expect at Grin, but it will definitely pique your interest.

La Lupita

Courtesy of La Lupita’s Facebook

Time for dinner! Unpretentious but delicious — La Lupita is the quintessential Mexican joint. Grab a burrito, huaraches and a couple of cervezas. If you like your food spicy, the restaurant has a range of salsa, from mild to mouth-numbingly hot. Your search for some authentic Mexican food is over.

The Shelter

Courtesy of Shelter’s Facebook

Pinball, Pac-Man and pilsners, what more could you want? After dinner, head over to the Shelter Arcade Bar, a fully functioning arcade equipped with a cozy bar. Play classics like Galaga and Frogger or try out one of their many pinball machines — they cover themes from Lord of the Rings to “South Park.” Try an arcade themed cocktail or one of the many craft beers.


Courtesy of Justine’s Facebook

The speakeasy is seeing a resurgence in popularity in the last couple of years, and Justine’s is Providence’s own take on the hidden bar. Round off the night with some laid-back (if hard to find) drinks. Walk past the mannequins clad in scanty underwear (the bar is disguised as a lingerie shop), and step beyond the black curtain into this classy joint. Exposed brick, tasteful decor and delicious cocktails make this watering hole worth the search. Sit back, relax and reflect on your fun-filled day in Olneyville.



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Fish and Chips: Your Picks

We took a handful of your favorite places for fish and chips and sifted through them for the most popular. The pattern: it seems pizzerias often make some mean seafood. Who knew? Anyways, here are ten of the best fish-and-chipperies according to you:

Arcadia Pizza

Courtesy of Arcadia Pizza’s Facebook

Served only on Fridays, Arcadia’s fish are guaranteed fresh. You can also try some of their tasty pizzas: Try the prosciutto and arugula.

George’s of Galilee

Courtesy of George’s of Galilee’s Facebook

With fresh native flounder (or haddock if you’d prefer), these fish and chips are prepared with traditional English batter.

Lil and Gene’s Restaurant

Courtesy of Lil and Gene’s Facebook

This restaurant has been in the family for three generations, and it seems that the ol’ family recipe for F n’ C is a good one. (more…)

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Strolling Down Main Street: A Day in East Greenwich

With the warm days of spring almost upon us, why not head to waterfront East Greenwich and bask in the sun, shop around and enjoy some great meals. We’ve outlined the perfect day along the town’s Main Street.

Dante’s Kitchen

Courtesy of Dante’s Kitchen’s Facebook

You can’t beat a Southern breakfast, so why not have a bite at Dante’s Kitchen to begin your day. Looking for something hearty? Go for the pulled pork hash — with slow-roasted pulled pork served over home fries, poached eggs and buttermilk biscuits, you can’t go wrong. Want something lighter? The harvest veggie fritter with pecan sauce and dressed greens is a great option.

East Greenwich Free Library

Courtesy of East Greenwich Free Library’s Facebook

What better way to digest breakfast than with a good book? Head to the East Greenwich Free Library to pick up some great reads. Up the hill from Dante’s (so you’ll burn off some recently consumed calories), this stone edifice is worth the mini hike. When you arrive, the narrow windows, arched doorways and stony grandeur of the building may make it look like something out of the Middle Ages, but the interior is quite modern (don’t worry, no violent knights here).

Main Street Coffee

Courtesy of Main Street Coffee’s Facebook

Is it already time to eat again? Have lunch at Main Street Coffee, an East Greenwich staple. Inspired by the cafe-bars of Europe, where coffee, alcohol and homey meals are served together, Main Street Coffee offers food and coffee concoctions at one bar and cocktails and wine at the attached Toscana Lounge.  From a light spring salad and espresso to the hearty Italian panini and thin mint martini, they’ve got something for every appetite.

Troll Shop

Courtesy of Troll Shop’s Facebook

If you’re feeling a bit goofy from a couple of lunchtime drinks, engage your silly side by visiting the Troll Shop. The name does not deceive — this shop sells a variety of troll figurines, images, dolls and more to fans of the mythological critter. There’s also a whole lot more for sale if you have more conventional tastes, from charming jewelry to fashionable decor.


Courtesy of Rasa’s Facebook

Drop your newfound collection of troll paraphernalia off at the car before heading out to dinner. Just down the street, pop into Rasa, one of the state’s best Indian restaurants. Enjoy some tandoori chicken or lamb keema mattar. If you’re a vegetarian (or you’re not in the mood for meat), they have plenty of options, from roasted eggplant to artichoke, pineapple and veggie korma.

Greenwich Odeum

Courtesy of the Odeum’s Facebook

After a delicious meal, watch a show at the Greenwich Odeum. This historic building was built in 1926 as a vaudeville theater; it was closed several times in its almost century-long history but is now a thriving performance space. It hosts a variety of shows from stand-up comedians to high-energy concerts.

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Going Beyond Beer

Last night, Rhode Island Monthly hosted it’s first 401 Insider’s Club event. The staffs of RI Monthly and Bucket Brewery, along with lucky guests, had a fun-filled evening sipping  fine beers and enjoying Citizen Wing’s spicy-but-oh-so-good food. If you missed out on last night’s festivities, worry not! There are plenty of other recreational activities to be had at breweries across the state. From yoga to trivia, many breweries offer a whole lot more than beer.

Stretch it Out

Courtesy of Bucket’s Facebook

You might not think that yoga and beer go together, but it’s actually a spectacular combination. Loosen up with some yoga and then loosen up even more with a delicious pint of craft beer. A number of breweries offer yoga, including Whalers and Bucket.,

Movie Night

Courtesy of Bucket’s Facebook

What goes better with a movie than a pint of beer? Bucket Brewery hosts movie screenings every Thursday night, with films like The Big LebowskiGremlins and The Empire Strikes Back. Watching a creepy horror movie? Try Bucket’s “Black Goat of the Woods,” a dark milk stout with an ominous name. Is a classic baseball movie on the screen? Try their “33rd Inning Red Rye Lager,” a light and flavorful libation.

Bach and Beer

Courtesy of Foolproof’s Facebook

Who says beer isn’t sophisticated? At Foolproof, they’re combining one of classical music’s greatest composers with their tasty refreshements. Cellist Steuart Pincombe will play some of Bach’s cello suites while guests can enjoy three different brews, each paired with a particular suite. Both Pincombe and the brewers will explain their craft and its impact.

On the Run

Courtesy of Bucket’s Facebook

Beer has a whole lotta calories.  Depressing, I know, but that’s why it tastes so good. If you’re developing a bit of a dad bod (beer gut and all), and you’d like to do something about it, go for a run! Several breweries offer a chance to burn off those brews. Bucket has a group run every Saturday where participants go for a morning jog followed by an hour of socializing (and drinking) at the brewery. Foolproof is hosting a “Fool’s Mile” race for competitive beer fans.

Get Your Facts Straight

Courtesy of Geeks Who Drink’s Facebook

If you’re studying encyclopedias when not guzzling beer, considering heading to Brutopia for their Tuesday night trivia. The event, hosted by Geeks who Drink, starts at 7:00 pm and is open to all. Who knew you could drink  beer and get smarter at the same time?

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5 Weird Groundhog Facts

The Rhode Island DEM has a number of info packs on various local wildlife including…. the Groundhog! That’s right, today is Groundhog Day, and many of you local gardeners and farmers know this critter well. Agricultural destruction aside, we might be feeling some animosity towards this rodent for predicting six more weeks of winter. But it’s hard to stay mad in the face of these quirky, endearing facts.

A groundhog by any other name…


Although we might call them a groundhog, they’ve got a bunch of other names, including marmot, woodchuck or, my favorite, whistlepig.

They hate flowers


Okay, maybe not all flowers, but apparently groundhogs hate marigolds. If you’re trying to discourage them from rummaging through your garden, a few flowerbeds might do the trick.

They don’t stay in the ground


Apparently groundhogs don’t entirely live up to their names. They are great diggers, but they’re also good at swimming and climbing. As of yet, there’s no evidence that they can operate bicycles, so they still won’t beat you in your next triathlon.

Groundhogs have roommates


Although usually solitary creatures, groundhogs have been known to share burrows with other animals, such as raccoons. Even the sloppiest human roommate would probably be preferable to one of the groundhog’s confirmed cohabitants–the skunk.

They are only distantly related to pigs


Unsurprising to most of you (hopefully), groundhogs are not really a subspecies of pigs. They are actually the largest creature in the squirrel family despite lacking the bushy tail. We’ll continue to scratch our heads over why people name rodents after porkers (I’m looking at you Guinea pig and hamster).


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7 Things to Do When the World Ends

Yesterday, scientists set the Doomsday Clock to two-and-a-half minutes from midnight. The clock, which symbolically indicates how close humankind is to global disaster, crept half a minute closer to universal destruction because of rising nationalism around the world, comments by President Trump about the use of nuclear arms and his administration’s denial of climate change. Whether you believe we’re on the cusp of the apocalypse or you just like to live extravagantly, check out these fun activities.


Enjoy the view

Courtesy of Providence G Rooftop’s Facebook

From the Providence G Rooftop‘s elevated perch, sip a specialty cocktail or craft beer as you watch nuclear Armageddon rain down on the Creative Capital. With its great location in the middle of downtown, you’ll be able to see some of the city’s finest edifices, like the Biltmore and Superman building, obliterated in the blink of an eye. If mankind’s senseless destruction whets your appetite, try one of the specialty pizzas!

Go for a climb

Courtesy of Hannah Robinson Tower’s Facebook

At a whooping 812 feet, Jerimoth Hill in Foster is the state’s highest point. Drive or walk up this lofty mount as sea levels violently rise. Don’t exert yourself too much though! The air is thinner up there, after all. If you’d prefer a man-made escape, try the Hannah Robinson Tower in Narragansett. At forty feet tall, it should hold of rising sea levels for a while at least.

Watch the sunrise

Courtesy of Sachuest Point’s Facebook

Head on over to Sachuest Point to enjoy the miracle of nature’s beauty. As the first rays of a new dawn pierce through the mushroom clouds, ponder humankind’s dubious fate. See if you can spot some of the park’s rare critters, like the saltmarsh sparrow and New England cottontail. With the threat of human encroachment obliterated, these species just might see a comeback.

Eat a really good meal

Courtesy of Hemenway’s Facebook

When you’re fighting a bunch of mutants for a can of Spaghetti-O’s, you’re going to regret not eating well while you could. Indulge while you can! If you’d like some upscale seafood, try the scallops at Hemenway’s. For those hankering for comfort food (we don’t blame you), try Bucktown. Try one of the po’boys with a side of waffle fries or mac’ and cheese. It might be high in calories, but you’ll need them if you’re planning to outrun the mutant hordes.

Get your dose of culture

Courtesy of 2nd Story Theatre’s Facebook

When civilization collapses, there’s not much room for arts and culture. For the next two weeks, 2nd Story Theatre is putting on the play Seascape, which tells the story of two humanoid sea creatures that are deciding whether or not to live on land. Perhaps the play will provide some philosophical guidance as you transition to life post apocalypse.  At the very least it will keep you entertained for a couple of hours.

Buy a boat

Courtesy of Providence Boat Show’s Facebook

It might sound like something you’d do in a mid-life crisis rather than an international crises, but but hear me out. If our planet’s fate is remotely similar to the plot of  Waterworld, a boat  will be vital to survival. Even if the continent isn’t subermerged beneath the sea, a boat is the perfect way to flee any nuclear wasteland. Fortunately, the Providence Boat Show is coming to town this February! Pick through countless motorboats, yachts and sailboats to find the vessel that will power you through the end of the world.

Drink up

Courtesy of Foolproof’s Facebook

There’s no better time to hit the booze than the end of the world. Fortunately for us, Rhode Island has its fair share of breweries. Check out RI Monthly’s February issue for a comprehensive guide to local brews. A couple of the big names in our state’s craft beer scene include Foolproof, Revival and Bucket, although there are plenty more to check out. Make sure you call ahead; hours tend to change when it’s the end of times.

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6 Weird Political Facts from RI History

Today is inauguration day for President-elect Trump, shown by polls to be one of the most unpopular presidents in decades. Some say the country is entering a new period with untold potential; others feel that America has taken a sharp right turn onto Crazy Street. Differing opinions aside, everyone can agree that politics probably won’t be the same. But, the political game has always been a bit chaotic, and Little Rhody’s history is ripe with examples. Here are six facts that prove politics (in RI at least) have always been a little nuts:

Courtesy of Visit Rhode Islands’ Facebook

We once had five state capitals simultaneously, one for each county.

Before 1854, our little state had a whopping five state capitals. The acting government rotated between each county (it had to be fair after all). The number of capitals slowly dwindled down to two in 1854, but it wasn’t until 1901 that Providence was elected the one and only seat of government.

Courtesy of Prospect Terrace Park’s Facebook

Roger Williams was the ultimate political rebel (and a huge inspiration to our founding fathers).

The rights and liberties we now take for granted, like freedom of religion and separation of church and state, were popularized and put into action by none other than Roger Williams. Rhode Island became a “lively experiment” for unorthodox systems of government that would later be adopted into the mainstream. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who famously penned the Constitution and Bill of Rights, drew inspiration from his work.

Declaration signer Stephen Hopkins. Courtesy of the RI Historical Society

We were the first state to declare independence from Britain and the last to sign the Constitution.

Apparently Rhode Island has a stubborn streak. A bit miffed at the British ships prowling our waters and searching our boats, we declared independence on May 4th, 1776, two months before the rest of the colonies. Then, when the rest of the freed colonies drafted up a new Constitution for the country, we refused to send a representative. It took two years and  the threat of exorbitant export taxes from neighboring states to make RI agree to the document.

Thomas Dorr: Courtesy of RI Historical Society’s Facebook

The state once had two constitutions, two elections, and two governors at the same time — and a mini civil war to boot.

RI hasn’t always been the democratic utopia it is today. Back in 1841, the only people allowed to vote were the Mr. Monopolys, and they had a stranglehold on the state government. A lot of the non-Mr. Monopolys didn’t like that very much. They wrote up a new constitution that opened up the vote to a larger chunk of the population, and they unofficially elected a new state government with Thomas Dorr as governor. In response, the wealthy elite wrote their own constitution and declared martial law in an effort to crack down on the political dissidents. So began the Dorr Rebellion. Shots were fired, rebel and government troops assembled, and Governor Dorr was arrested, but major violence was avoided. In the end, the impromptu government and constitution were dissolved. Unnerved by the whole ordeal, the rich politicians granted the vote to American-born men of all races–ladies and Native Americans would have to wait.

Courtesy of the Audrain Automobile Museum’s Facebook

We were the only state to skip Prohibition.

While the rest of the country decided it was best to put the booze away, RI refused to sign the 18th Amendment. Rumrunners and distillers rejoiced at the state’s decision, and Rhode Island became a hotbed of alcohol production, distribution and exportation.

Courtesy of the Audrain Automobile Museum’s Facebook

Although more akin to legal history than political, we had the first automobile speeding violation.

In 1904, Judge Darius Baker arrested a Newport resident for going a whopping fifteen miles an hour, earning the miscreant a five day sentence. Proud of our heritage, we Rhode Islanders maintain the long tradition of speeding to this day.

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Rhody Horror Movies for Friday the 13th

Even the least superstitious may feel a bit nervous on the unluckiest day of the year. With Friday the 13th almost upon us, why not tap into that fear and make some scary movies just a tad more frightening. An added bonus? It’s hard to be at the at the mercy of bad luck when you’re curled up in  the safety of your home watching some horror flicks. Check out some Rhode Island films that were either set or filmed in our little state.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Courtesy of Lippitt House Museum Facebook

Rhode Island is rife with historic homes, from the Newport Mansions and Clouds Hill in Warwick to the Governor Lippitt House in Providence. Perhaps this is why famous writer/director Guillermo del Torro chose to set his film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in a Victorian mansion in Providence county. The movie tells the story of a family that is forced to deal with the malevolent creatures living beneath their newly acquired home. Although it was actually filmed at Drusilla Mansion in Australia, anyone who has wandered some of Rhode Island’s historic homes should quickly recognize the house’s distinctly New England vibe.

Call of Cthulhu

Courtesy of HP Lovecraft Facebook

It’s hard to talk about horror in Rhode Island without mentioning Lovecraft; his gravestone in Swan Point Cemetery even bears the line “I am Providence.” Based on one of his most famous stories, the Call of Cthulhu is appropriately set in Providence, RI. Although made in 2005, the adaptation is a silent film paired with a vintage soundtrack. Follow the protagonist as he investigates a mysterious cult and mind-boggling horrors.


Courtesy of Ladd School Historical Society Facebook

Anyone who has ever visited the Joseph P. Ladd school in Exeter is intimately familiar with how creepy the location is. Once a functioning school for those with developmental and mental disabilities, the facility was abandoned and eventually fell into disrepair. Exeter, which is filmed on location, tells the story of a group of teens exploring the dilapidated structure and dealing with the supernatural forces within.

The Conjuring

Courtesy of Roadtrippers Website

Probably one of the most famous horror movies set in Rhode Island, The Conjuring explores the supposedly true story of a a family living in Burrillville who dealt with paranormal happenings in their home. Although the movie was actually filmed in North Carolina, the current owner of the house has had to handle a slew of movie fans trespassing on the property, calling incessantly and even threatening to destroy the home (it’s full of evil spirits after all). Please leave the investigations to the certified ghost/demon hunters.

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7 Resolutions for Rhode Island Foodies

Alright, so we all think of New Year’s Resolutions as steps towards being a better you, but how much better can you really be if you’re miserable? Skipping out on the tasty treats, cutting back on drinks and saving all your money away will make you sad. Why not indulge and be happy? Summer is far away; you can get that beach bod later. Plucked from RI Monthly‘s own Best of Rhode Island winners, here are seven places you need to visit to experience the state’s best food.


Courtesy of Bristol Oyster Bar’s Facebook

Who doesn’t love scarfing down shellfish? The Bristol Oyster Bar is just the place to get your oyster fix. Their locally sourced shuckers are paired with a variety of dunking sauces. Although oysters may be their main pull, they have some great food and cocktails to match. 448 Hope St., Bristol, 396-5820,

Italian Food

Courtesy of Enoteca Umberto’s Facebook

In a state full of delicious authentic Italian food, Enoteca Umberto is the meatball on top of the spaghetti. With a constantly changing menu and rave reviews, who wouldn’t want to eat here again and again? The restaurant is on the smaller side and is extremely popular, so make your reservations well ahead of time. 256 Atwells Ave., 272-8466,


Courtesy of Vanuatu Coffee’s Facebook

For those looking for their morning fix, Vanuatu Coffee Rosters has some incredible creations. They won our award for best iced coffee beverage, but they certainly do a whole lot more. All their beans are single-sourced from the archipelago of Vanuatu before being processed into a steaming hot (or ice cold) cup of deliciousness. 294 Atwells Ave., Providence, 273-1586,


Courtesy of Figidini’s Facebook

Everybody loves pizza, and in Rhode Island, we’re fortunate enough to have more than our fair share of high quality pizza joints. If you’re a fan of the Neapolitan style (think crisp thin crust and minimal toppings), Figidini Wood Fire Eatery is definitely worth a try. They serve everything from the classic Margherita pizza to a pie with sweet potato and goat cheese. Enjoy! 67 Washington St., Providence, 808-6886,


Courtesy of PVDonut’s Facebook

It seems that doughnuts are all the rage nowadays, and our state is certainly keeping up the pace. First there was Allie’s Donuts serving up the best breakfast treats in  town. And then, more recently, KNEAD Doughnuts opened up, but it was PVDonuts that ignited the gourmet trend. These breakfast goodies are handmade from local ingredients every day. Definitely a delicious way to start your morning! 79 Ives St., Providence,


Courtesy of Newport Lobster Shack’s Facebook

Fresh from the waters of Narragansett Bay, the lobsters of the Newport Lobster Shack come right off the boat. You can opt to cook your own lobster at home or have it cooked and served for you in every style imaginable, whether it be in a salad, dinner, bisque or roll. This food is about as local as you can get; they only sell what they catch. 150 Long Wharf, Newport, 847-1700,


Courtesy of Crooked Current’s Facebook

Crooked Current, the winner of our Beer Brawl, beat a number of larger breweries to achieve everlasting Rhody fame. They have a range of beers from unusual varieties like Chocolate Habanero Stout and Plunderdome Pumpkin Maple Ale to mundane-but-delicious beers like Hefeweizen and Imperial Stout. Visit their cozy brewery for tastings and tours. 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, 473-8312,

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