October 1, 2023


Be Inspired By Food

Rhode Island restaurant, bar adventures summer 2021

No one will take away  2021 summer joy, not even a hungry seagull. But you better protect your food there at Champlin’s Seafood Deck at Point Judith.

For many of us, the summer of 2020 was about neighborhood patio gatherings and takeout. But thanks to vaccinations, this summer can be different.

Here’s my roadmap for fun from now through September — and maybe even October — with 21 food and drink adventures for 2021. While the offerings promise to be delicious, many of them will also come with stunning waterfront views. 

Cheers to summer. We missed you.

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You can enjoy twin lobster rolls at Easton’s Beach Snack Bar, 175 Memorial Blvd., Newport, all summer.

No. 1: Have lobster rolls at the beach

The Easton’s Beach Snack Bar is home to the popular twin lobster roll deal. The 2021 price is $19.97 for two. You can order online for pickup or beach blanket delivery. They have other seafood as well. Order online at https://twinrolls.square.site/ or call (401) 855-1910.

The beach speaks for itself. First Beach, as it is also called, is located on Memorial Boulevard at the start of the Cliff Walk. It’s lovely. 

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Get out of town and hop over to Block Island. Consider dinner at the boutique Hotel Manisses where the restaurant is open from June to September.

No. 2: Get away to Block Island

It’s just so easy to hop on the ferry at Point Judith and get off on Block Island, make sure you do it this year. You can walk around town and enjoy everything from pub food to doughnuts. It’s just tastes better when you travel for your food and drink.

If you can stay overnight, a dinner at the Hotel Manisses will be memorable with all the atmosphere a boutique hotel can magically whip up. Manisses Restaurant & Bar, 251 Spring St., (401) 466-9898, hotelmanisses.com/dine/.

For breakfast, The 1661 Inn has a lovely setting and a Champagne breakfast at 5 Spring St, (401) 466-2421, blockislandresorts.com.

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Local art is on display at Industrious Spirit Co., on Sims Ave., The Providence distillery crafts sustainably sourced artisan spirits.

No. 3: Discover Sims Ave., Providence

So much is happening on this small corner of Providence. The new Farm Fresh Food Hub is there at 10 Sims Ave. in a 60,000-square-foot building that houses their popular Saturday farmers’ market each week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Soon, New Harvest will move in with their coffee café and bar.

Next door at 50 Sims St. is Sean Larkin’s new Lost Valley Pizza and Brewery, lostvalleypizza.com.