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Rhode Island Best Retaurants 2010

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Rhode Island Best Retaurants 2010
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Best Wine Bar
Italians stop by enotecas after work to unwind with wine and cicchetti (snacks). Rhody commuters do the same, sipping wine, munching risotto dumplings, butter-fried green beans, and roasted shiitakes. 5600 Post Road. 401-885-8850;

Best Urban River View
Wood-fire-grilled pizzas, meats, seafood, and veggies, including sweet potatoes. Unusual herbs, spices, vegetables, and fruits complement the smokiness. 4 Richmond Square. 401-521-9229;

Best Surprise in a Strip Mall
The sandwiches are excellent: lobster-and-avocado, eggplant parmesan on garlic bread. But chef Guy Gengarella’s seafood dinners, such as crispy calamari over linguine aglio olio, really stand out. 62 Franklin St. 401-348-6221;

Best Suburban Alfresco
The menu is Mediterranean, with Italian dishes and Greek touches, including a homemade garlicky cucumber/yogurt sauce. There’s an outdoor patio and fireplace, overlooking a meadow. 645 Douglas Pike (Route 7). 401-349-4200;

Best Weekly Transformation
ITALIAN CORNER, East Providence
Weekdays, it’s a specialty market (offering take-away meals, too), but come Saturday night, delectable dishes float from the kitchen, including buttery chicken piccata. 10 Boyd Ave. 401-431-1737;

Best on Broadway
SPARK, Newport
Off the beaten tourist track, Broadway includes an alluring restaurant row, with Spark right at the top. Inventive fusion dishes include foie gras pizza and a “demonic clam boil”: seafood with Andouille sausage and Thai chilis. 12 Broadway. 401-842-0023;

Best Beer Adventure
With 48 drafts and more than 125 bottled beers, Doherty’s offers the right beer for the right time, whether you’re sipping to live music or washing it down with a plate of baby-back ribs.342 East Ave. 401-725-1800;

Best Chocolate Decadence
Even with eye-popping decor and a take-no-prisoners menu, it’s the house-made chocolate desserts–chocolate lava cake, chocolate flourless torte, cheesecake with chocolate pecan crust, and triple-chocolate bread pudding–that keep you coming back. 1149 Division St. 401-884-1149;

Best Mussels
RED STRIPE, Providence & Narragansett
Your choice of 10 steamed-mussels dishes. The namesake has beer in the broth; others have wine, vermouth, Calvados, or coconut milk. Entrées: from $9. 465 Angell St., Providence, 401-437-6950; 91 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, 401-792-3200;

Best Brunch Benedicts
“Eggs Copenhagen” offers tons of smoked salmon; “veggie Benny” has plenty of portobellos and friends. Expertly cooked eggs; terrific Hollandaise; fresh fruit on the side. 32 Narragansett Ave. 401-423-9866;

Best Pub Grub
FAT BELLY’S PUB, Warwick & East Greenwich
Yes, you’ll find “chowdah,” wings, nachos, and beer. But you’ll also want to sample the New York-style pizza and pasta dishes (Warwick) and the grilled pizza and paninis (East Greenwich). Both serve marvelous Black Angus burgers. 254 Old Forge Road, Warwick, 401-884-2112; 241 Main St., East Greenwich, 401-884-3434;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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