Mermaid Cafe With house-made chips that are paper thin, nicely crisp and salted to perfection, Mermaid Café had us at hello. Their pico de gallo – or salsa fresca – featured lots of pepper and lots of onion, with an overall fresh, simple and clean taste. 19 Margin Street, Westerly.
Pancho O'Malley's With bright yellow corn chips that were the least fried-looking of the bunch, Pancho served us a generous helping of hearty, bright-red salsa that was full of tomatoes. It tasted slightly sweet and mild. Just right. 140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. 782-2290.
Trini's Tacos There was no doubt that Trini’s chips were homemade. They are everything you’d want a tortilla chip to be – crisp and simple. Their delicious salsa is pureed and quite unique. We’re guessing they may have used sweet tomatoes. 7669 Post Road, North Kingstown.
El Fuego Mexican Grill These chips were fried to a golden brown and very light on the salt. They were crispy and strong enough to hold a big scoop of salsa. Speaking of which, El Fuego makes theirs very chunky with big pieces of tomato and hints of cumin and cilantro. Yum. 344 Main Street, Wakefield.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we did a bunch of tequila shots. Just kidding. This month we tested salsa and chips from four establishments that put the F in fiesta. Now, if only we could find something cold to wash these deep-fried delicacies down with.
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