10 New Restaurants Making Waves in the Ocean State Dining Scene

From cafes to sandwich joints, don’t miss these up-and-comers


I’ve been known to try a new restaurant in Little Rhody now and again, so the editors didn’t have to ask me twice when it came to regaling readers with a list of some of my favorite discoveries over the past year. From sandwich joints to cafes, these standouts are already crawling with regulars.


Hangry Kitchen

Wife and husband owners Stacy (a Top Chef alum and cookbook author) and Robert Deetz are all about marrying delicious food and drinks with fun. In their unstuffy eatery, open since November of last year, regulars are raving about their jambalaya, Squash Dumplings, Fricco Fries, and kale salad. Pawtucket, Hangry-Kitchen.com


Josephine’s Coffee Bar

This cozy cafe has expanded its hours of operation since opening last summer and is now serving cocktails, wine, and scrumptious desserts select evenings. If mornings are more your jam, go for their fresh baked muffins and scones and the hand-rolled bagels. Greenville, JosephinesCoffeeBar.com


Lily’s Soups & Scoops

This adorable soup and ice cream shop that opened on Broad Street last year is an extension of Lily’s Ladle, a delivery service for bone broth-based and veggie soups. Go for the warm soup on a chilly day and stay for something cold: Warwick Ice Cream or an affogato – a scoop with an espresso pour-over. Cranston, LilysSoupsAndScoops.com


Merlino’s Pizzeria

Whether you opt for takeout or want to dine in, this eatery has been winning over pizza fans in and around Dyer Avenue since they opened in the fall. Their pies are all made using the best quality ingredients (some imported directly from Italy), and their meatballs and house-made mozz appetizers are crowd-pleasers. Cranston, MerlinoPizzeria.com


The Roasted Clove Deli

This women-owned deli offers an extensive menu of sandwiches on fresh-baked breads, crisp salads, and amazing soups. Since opening their doors last June, diners have been posting glowing reviews. Most popular sandwiches right now? Their Surfers End Wrap, Queen Brie, and the Reuben are all hits. Middletown, TheRoastedCloveRI.com


Scotti’s Salumeria

On Post Road where Huck’s Filling Station used to be, this charming Italian bistro boasts a classic menu of antipasto, pasta, insalata, paninis, and more. Sip marvelous drinks, enjoy fire pit seating, and check out the whimsically decorated bathroom with vintage framed photos on the walls. East Greenwich, ScottisSalumeria.com


Seed Café and Espresso Bar

On the lower level of mini-mall Still On Main, this unique cafe is part plant shop and part coffeehouse. Serving up delicious sips, outstanding breakfast sandwiches, and snacks among the lush, stylish atmosphere, there’s no better way to add a little greenery to your winter routine. Pawtucket, SeedCafeRI.com



Situated in Davol Square, this Korean restaurant opened the doors to their industrial style space this past fall and quickly became known for their spicy garlic wings, paired with thoughtfully crafted (and lovely) cocktails. Diners also gush about their Dynamite Shrimp, Garlic Noodles, and fried rice offerings, including one with kimchi. Providence, SeoulProvidence.com


Sunset Cove

This waterfront cafe overlooking Mount Hope Bay is from the same owners as Blue Anchor Grill, and it’s an excellent place to indulge in a slice of Salted Caramel Cake and a Coyote Coffee (iced cappuccino, cold brew, and horchata) for breakfast. For lunch, try their Flatbread Pizza and a Spiced Cranberry Margarita. Portsmouth, SunsetCoveRI.com


There, There

Run by the folks behind the food truck, Dips, Dips, this burger joint is located where Bucktown used to be. They’re cooking up some of the tastiest casual eats around – and were even named one of 2023’s best restaurants by Eater – with creative takes on burgers (try the Oklahoma) and dawgs, along with fries and housemade chips. Providence, ThereTherePVD.com



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