When the weather warms up, you may not want to cook. Sometimes it’s nice to leave the oven off and let someone else worry about cooking and the cleanup.
Here are 10 local restaurants worth a drive that offer a variety of food to satisfy any craving.
Birch features a 4-course dinner menu focusing on fresh seafood, poultry and seasonal greens. They also have an extensive wine list and offer wine pairings as well as tasty cocktails, beer, and cider.
Los Andes features Peruvian and Bolivian fare. Enjoy ceviche, churrasco anticuchero, pescado a lo macho, or paella. Portions are enormous and everything’s fresh and authentic. You may want to make a reservation on the weekend, because the restaurant’s very popular.
Monahan’s sits on the Narragansett seawall and offers fresh, local seafood including clams, shrimp, oysters, calamari, and lobster. Of course, they also have fish and chips, crab cakes and white, red, or clear clam chowder. It’s fun and friendly and the ideal stop for the entire family.
Central Falls, RI
Looking for something different? El Paisa serves authentic Columbian food and has done since 1978. Try a picada with yucca and chopped meat, or fish with plantain and maize bread. The restaurant also serves rotisserie chicken, delicious shakes and Columbian drinks, as well as amazing desserts.
This romantic restaurant is in The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport. It’s worth a visit for the spectacular view and the historic building, but the food makes it a must try.
The restaurant features New England classics with a French twist in elegant surroundings. Sample caviar, oysters, Nantucket Bay Scallops, and New Bedford Monk Fish or savor filet mignon or succulent duck. This award winning restaurant also has an extensive wine list.
Napolitano’s doesn’t just serve pizza. You’ll find authentic Italian calzones, Stromboli, and homemade cannoli and ice cream. You can buy the ice cream by the pint to take home, but most people agree the Nutella stuffed dough is the desert you must try.
South Kingstown, RI
If you love fresh oysters, they don’t get much fresher than what they serve at Matunuck’s. They have an oyster farm practically on their doorstep and specialize in Rhode Island oysters, crisp cherrystones, littleneck clams, and jumbo shrimp. They unite fresh, locally grown produce grown in their own vegetable farm with farm-raised and wild-caught seafood. You can visit their vegetable and oyster farms if you want to see how they grow and harvest.
Westerly, RI 02891
Ella’s features locally-sourced certified organic produce, dairy and seafood and you can taste the difference. They offer contemporary, French, and Asian dishes in a casual, relaxed setting. They also have a lovely terrace for an al fresco meal during the warmer summer months.
Diners tout it as the best fine dining restaurant within 30 miles of Mystic, Connecticut with an amazing array of tasty dishes. Try tuna tacos, Chinese pork buns, or duck risotto. Ella’s has amazing service, too.
Iggy’s Boardwalk features an amazing atmosphere, an outside patio, and spectacular views of Narragansett Bay. They’re known for their clam chowder and crab cakes, but they also serve lobster dinners, surf ‘n turf, and amazing entrees, burgers, and sandwiches. They also have a raw oyster bar.
This former coast guard station has been standing since the 1800s. It began as a restaurant in the 1940s and serves locally harvested seafood. They offer lunch, brunch, and dinner and they have an impressive wine list.
You can dine on the deck or terrace and take in the unrivalled view of The Pier Districts’ historic Narragansett Bay.
Rhode Island has plenty to offer and each of these restaurants is worth the short drive. Before you go, ensure you have proper auto insurance coverage for peace of mind and happy travels. And remember, never drink and drive.