8 Ways to Enjoy the Ocean State’s Farm-Fresh Fall Harvests

These autumnal eats from statewide restaurants are perfect for cozy dining experiences


That chill in the air and the whiff of pumpkin spice permeating every cafe in town can only mean one thing: it’s cozy season. Even beyond beloved spiced lattes and sweets, fall signals hearty and substantial comfort foods taking advantage of local farm harvests. So button up your cardigan, pour some hot cider into a thermos, and pore over these picks for some of the most scrumptious autumnal food Rhode Island has to offer.

Celestial Cafe

This farm-to-table date night destination offers a multitude of delectable fall dishes, but their Sweet Potato Wonton appetizer is
by and large a top pick. A creative and mouth-watering small plate that combines
a superstar autumn veggie with a staple of Asian cuisine, it continues to garner rave reviews from
frequent guests and first-timers. Exeter,

The Coast Guard House

Gansett isn’t just for summertime shenanigans! The Coast Guard House is a terrific choice for lunch or dinner in the fall, too, with water views equally as picturesque when it’s chilly. Get your fill of hearty staples making the most of seafood and seasonal produce like their Greens and Grains Salad and Lobster Corn Tamales. Narragansett, TheCoastGuardHouse.com

Farmhouse Kitchen + Bar

You don’t have to be a guest at The Shelter Harbor Inn to tuck into a meal at this enchanting and aptly named restaurant, so there’s nothing standing in your way of savoring the luscious Honey Lavender Salmon with charred Brussels sprouts and mascarpone polenta: a 10 out of 10 on the fall food scale. Westerly, FarmhouseKitchenRI.com

La Forge Casino Restaurant

While the menu at La Forge (a stone’s throw from the International Tennis Hall of Fame) in the City By the Sea is chock full of stellar seafood dishes, one of their most popular items is actually a warming side not to be underestimated: a steaming hot bowl of onion soup topped with oodles of cheese bubbling over the sides. Newport, LaForgeNewport.com

The Shanty

You can live off of this farm-forward American restaurant’s breakfast burritos year-round, but if you’re seeking more seasonal nibbles, I would be remiss not to mention their signature Yam Fries with poblano lime aioli. Pair with a burrito and make a brunch feast of it, and while you’re there, why not indulge in an Adult Chocolate Milk (with Irish cream)? Warwick, TheShantyRI.com

Tavern On Main

If you want to immerse yourself in autumn harvests steeped in Rhode Island history, then head on over to Putnam Pike and order the Old Fashioned Yankee Pot Roast. The wholly satisfying entree is served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy in their vintage dining room or at the bar in this quaint tavern dating back to the 1700s. Chepachet, TavernOnMainRI.com

The Village Haven

Now under new management and recently reopened, this Northern RI family-style eatery is famous for their all-you-can-eat chicken dinners. That alone is reason enough to visit before exploring a long list of farm-fresh sides like green salads, and the gooey warm dessert guests sing praises about – their fabled cinnamon rolls. Forestdale, TheVillageHaven.com 

Trattoria Zooma

Known and loved for their made-on-the-premises pasta, come mid-October this Italian eatery on Atwells brings back a special seasonal favorite. Their scrumptious Pumpkin Ravioli (or Ravioli di Zucca) incorporates the quintessential gourd in a savory dish. If you can’t wait until then, there’s Gnocchi con Crema Di Zucca to hold you over. Providence, TrattoriaZooma.com


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