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Best Food & Dining in Rhode Island | 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Food & Dining in Rhode Island | 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards
4 votes, 3.25 avg. rating (67% score)
by in May 2013

The Ocean State offers plenty of restaurant options for hungry residents and visitors. Read our picks for the best food & dining in Rhode Island.

BEST MEXICAN FOOD
EL RANCHO GRANDE, Providence
Maria Meza’s chicken mole has brought grown men to their knees, and legend has it that her menudo has remedied many a hangover. But it’s her genuine brand of hospitality that turns newcomers into loyal regulars. Entrées: from $7. 311 Plainfield St. 401-275-0808; elranchogranderestaurant.com

BEST BAR
THE AVERY, Providence
Interior design phenom Kyla Coburn gave this West Side watering hole the mellow, moody vibe of a speakeasy. No gimmicky cocktail lists here; go for well-made classic drinks and good conversation. 18 Luongo Memorial Square. averyprovidence.com

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT
AVENUE N AMERICAN KITCHEN, East Providence
Husband-and-wife team Nick and Tracy Rabar (who also happen to live down the street) have created a neighborhood catch-all for nights when no one feels like cooking. Their menu hits all the major food groups, with salads for a post-workout bite and corn dogs and mac-and-cheese for the kids. Entrées: from $19. Rumford Center, 20 Newman Ave. 401-270-2836; avenuenamericankitchen.com

BEST SAUSAGE
THE WURST WINDOW, Providence
At this walk-up window attached to the Chez Pascal restaurant, the name is as clever as the sausage varieties and toppings are gluttonous. Chef Matt Gennuso’s menu is ever-changing, but the “Hot Link BLT”–spicy smoked bratwurst with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and aioli–gets our vote for top dog. Entrées: from $3. 960 Hope St. 401-421-4422; chez-pascal.com

BEST ARTISANAL BREAD
SEVEN STARS BAKERY, Providence & East Providence
Olive bread, sourdough, challah, Vermont cheddar bread, even the basic baguette–there are no misses at this beloved bakery, which elevates artisanal bread from supporting role to star. 820 Hope St., Providence. 342 Broadway, Providence. Rumford Center, 20 Newman Ave., East Providence. 401-521-2200; sevenstarsbakery.com

BEST CATERED BBQ BASH
PREPPY PIG BBQ, Warren
Praise the lard, pop-collard pitmaster Patrick DeSocio has answered our prayers, giving us the best reason yet to gather friends and stuff our faces with sweet meat. DeSocio, who hauls his smoker behind an argyle-patterned Range Rover, caters parties large and small, serving up Southern-style BBQ with a New England bent. 99 Main St. 401-595-2477; preppypigbbq.com

BEST SOUTH COUNTY ESCAPE
ELLA’S FINE FOOD & DRINK, Westerly
When Chef Jeanie Roland decided to move closer to her family, South County diners scored. Her restaurant, Ella’s, is a French/Asian hybrid that takes a novel approach to nearly everything, from lobster pho to foie gras with bacon brulee. Entrées: from $17. 2 Tower St. 401-315-0606; ellasfinefoodanddrink.com

BEST MODERN INDIAN FOOD
RASOI, Pawtucket
Rasoi offers a lot of dishes that mainstream Indian places don’t, such as sweet-and-spicy cauliflower, curried okra, and date-and-coconut naan. They’re all hits, as is the signature tamarind margarita. Entrées: from $9.99. 727 East Ave. 401-728-5500; rasoi-restaurant.com

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