Ask grizzled Swamp Yankees what they like to eat and they will tell tall tales of munching big portions of burgers, fries, pastas and steaks at old temples of nosh around Tiverton, Rhode Island. These obsolete institutions now fill the history books over at Bryant and the University of Rhode Island but their memories live on. Back before the mid 19th century, this village was actually gaining a reputation as a gastronomy village across New England.
We idolize the fortunate pioneers who put Tiverton, Rhode Island on the map. The common farmed crops and barn animals which these people used to laud were prudent but dull by today’s standards. Pats fans defaulted to dairy and potatoes because all this was readily available at harvest and across the seasons.
Presently without any doubts, Rhode Islanders travel near and far to find the very best cod, clams and potatoes and to patronize restaurants that know how to maximize those flavors. New locals are moving here from outside southern New England. They are bringing rational chow preferences. These new Rhodeans add to the vigor of the area. There is nothing quite like a newcomer’s view on tacos and pizza to make you feel delight again!
Restaurants are a extraordinary way to experience the evolving culture in this town. Ace restaurants around these parts have been continuously serving up fun since before sliced bread.
There are secrets to be told and flavorful recipes to be shared if you stop and chat with the local chefs. You can tell they value their place in history here. These chefs want to be caretakers of culinary traditions. And they will challenge conventional discourses about food if needed! Long time Swamp Yankees have authentic senses of their civic mission in the village. Perhaps that is most evident at the prized cafes and saloons.
The following hot spots epitomize the savory gastronomy that first developed in Newport and Providence counties and really took root here too. Digest the stirring traditions while they last.
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1 Sayers Wharf
Newport, RI 02840