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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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