‘Tis the season for college visits! Across Rhode Island and the rest of the United States, high school seniors and their families are touring campuses, interviewing with admissions officers, and sweating over applications. If your college visits are taking you to Rhode Island for the first time, then you may be surprised to learn that Travel + Leisure once listed Providence, the state capital, as the third best city for “foodies” in America. There are a multitude of restaurants to experience, and current college students and alumni have some suggestions about some that you might want to check out while you’re here!
If you are visiting Brown University or the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), both of which are located on College Hill in the city’s East Side, then literally you can’t miss Thayer Street. It’s practically in the middle of campus! Thayer Street is lined with always-bustling restaurants, and most of them won’t bust the average student’s budget. Some affordable options include Antonio’s and Nice Slice for pizza, La Creperie for sweet and savory crepes, and East Side Pockets for Mediterranean-inspired wraps and salads.
If you are not staying in Providence, you’ll still find the same passion for wining and dining throughout the state. Mews Tavern or “The Mews” in Wakefield and Crazy Burger in Narragansett are popular favorites among University of Rhode Island students. Both restaurants are known for having expansive menus with eclectic options, like a burger topped with bacon, an egg, and peanut butter (Mews Tavern), as well as tons of vegan and vegetarian dishes (Crazy Burger). If you’re visiting Roger Williams University, breakfast at the Hope Diner in Bristol and lunch and dinner at Chomp in Warren come highly recommended. No matter what Rhode Island institution you choose, you will be very well fed during your college years!