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Rhode Island Best Bargains

Rhode Island Best Bargains
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by in May 2010

Waterfront Surprise
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE, Newport
This 90-year-old institution for travelers offers public restrooms; the very welcoming Aloha Cafe, with homemade sandwiches and soups (large bowl under $5); and the captivating Chapel by the Sea, with frescoes of maritime-related saints and nautical motifs from floor to ceiling, font to altar. 18 Market Square. 401-847-4260; seamensinstitutenewport.org

Ocean-View Farm Tour
CASEY FARM, Saunderstown
Guided tours include the farmyard of the 1750 house, the Casey family cemetery, the path down to Narragansett Bay, the gardens of this working farm, and the English-fair-style farmers’ market. Saturdays, June 1-Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $4. 2325 Boston Neck Road. 401-295-1030; historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/casey.htm

Homestyle Vietnamese
MINH HAI, Cranston
So many Asian restaurants offer more than one cuisine, but here the focus is straight-ahead Vietnamese, with many intriguing dishes to explore, including salads with spicy grilled beef, chicken, or shrimp; “special rice,” cooked with garlic; and the most delicious eggplant dishes on the planet. Entrees: $7.50-$10.50. 1096 Park Ave. 401-383-8071; minhhairestaurant.com

Bountiful Repasts
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE DINER, Exeter
Begin with breakfast: three eggs and a half-pound Delmonico for $7.99, or a four-egg omelet, stuffed with every breakfast meat, veggies, and cheese, for $7.95. Cruise through the giant burgers to pastas, chicken, and the top-billed item: “steak a la Nowhere,” a 12-ouncer for $12.95. 222 Nooseneck Hill Road (Route 3). 401-397-8855; themiddleofnowherediner.com

Scrambled-Eggs Twist
MR. PEABODY’S, Cranston
You’ve had them rolled into wraps, tucked into burritos, folded into omelets. But what about piled atop a pizza, with garlic, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil? At this self-styled “home of white trash/gourmet fusion,” you’ll get that and much, much more. Breakfasts: $2-$6.75. Lunches: $4.95-$7.95. 2005 Broad St. 401-941-2258; mrpeabodyscafe.com

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