February 24, 2017
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.