You cannot visit Rhode Island without stopping by Olneyville New York System for a meal. Be sure to order properly — “two all the way” — means two hot wieners slathered with mustard and seasoned meat sauce, and topped with celery salt and raw onions. Fries with malt vinegar and a tall glass of the official state drink, coffee milk, are essential accompaniments. (Worry about the heartburn in the morning.)
Wes’ Rib House is a local institution that has been serving up Kansas City-style barbecue for many years. Delicious ribs and smoked meats are cooked on an open wood-fire pit. Stop by for lunch, dinner, drinks or takeout and be sure to try the cornbread. For the flavors of the Caribbean, visit Garden of Eve on Harris Ave. Their menu is filled with “Fritay” a Haitian word for fried comfort foods. Enjoy tastes of sweet chili wings, fried pork, Caribbean steak, goat stew, sweet plantains and more.
Enjoy eats, beats and drinks at Troop PVD in the Valley Street neighborhood. New and funky, this urban spot features food by Laughing Gorilla Catering and brews by R.I.-based Revival Brewing. Dine on street noodles, burgers and a banging banh mi sandwich, all while old-school hip-hop plays in the background.
In the Silver Lake area, there are a few perfect little Italian clubs to visit for a great meal. Visit Tomaselli’s at the Rosario Society for menu items that include antipasto salad, eggplant parmigiana and the classic Italian grinder. For a real treat, order up the wings — with varieties like antipasto, pepperoni pizza and french toast. Tomaselli’s occasionally hosts live bands and entertainment. The restaurant has a full bar and is open for dinner weekly from Tuesday through Friday. Saturdays and Sundays, the club is closed for private functions.