By Abbie Lahmers

Food News: Wickford tea shop, eclectic eats in Kingston, and craft coffee bevvies in Coventry


New tea shop exudes charm in Wickford Village

An Afternoon Tea at newly opened Sweet Marie’s Tea Cottage spares none of the decadence with a three-tiered tower of scones, finger sandwiches, sweets, and of course, bottomless Earl Grey in elegant cups. “Our goal at Sweet Marie’s is to enhance what is already quaint and charming about our town!” says owner Lindsey Andrews, who opened the shop in her hometown of Wickford to revive a tradition and honor her grandmother’s hospitality and charm by greeting each guest with a fresh pot of tea when they’re seated. From the vintage tableware to the exposed stone walls and rustic cottage accents, Andrews sees the tea shop becoming a destination to celebrate special occasions or simply a relaxing spot to stumble upon.

This vision includes local businesses, too. “We are proud to partner with local bakeries, including Celebrated for our delicious petite sweets,” says Andrews. “Thoughtfully crafted tea cocktails are offered to elevate our menu, as well as our local partnership with Gooseneck Vineyards wine.” Wickford


Kingston kitchen peddles eclectic eats and good vibes

With a menu of snarkily named entrees like Ramageddon (AKA “the ramen to bring on the end of times”) and Obligatory Bean Burger, owner Matt Reagan divulges that the eclectic meals at recently opened New Wave Kitchen “may fall into the realm of comfort” and definitely source locally from Rhode Island farms and producers. Even before you get to the menu, sunny yellow and bright green walls signal good vibes and a chill atmosphere that’s dog-friendly, too. “We’ve covered our walls and shelves with the support of local artists by giving them an avenue to display and sell their work as well,” says Reagan.

Though the restaurant is counter service, entrees are a little more leveled up than plastic red baskets for dinnerware. Vegan Street Corn is drizzled with chili-lime crema and sprinkled with scallions, while pork buns appear as puffy pockets of Wild Harmony pork, pickled veg, and pepper mayo. For fall, they’re working on a cheesy Hash Brown Casserole with rich shiitake mushroom gravy. Kingston


Craft coffee bar and CBD shop’s second home in Coventry

If you’ve found yourself drinking craft lattes at BlackStone Herbs & Coffee Bar in Cumberland, you’ll be happy to learn their second location will soon be opening closer to home in Coventry. Trademarks of the original spot will carry over, including organic and vegan ingredients and a unique approach to your standard morning joe. “We strongly believe in coffee culture and strive to perfect classic cafe drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, cortados, americanos, etc.,” says co-owner Eddy Sandoval. “Some say we have a bartender’s approach to crafting our Espresso drinks.”

The “Herbs” part of the name refers both to the locally grown CBD you can purchase and a variety of loose-leaf herbs and teas offering endless creativity. Cinna-Coco Maple Glaze Latte, Dragon Fruit Matcha, and Sage Lemonade (fresh-squeezed in-house) are a few possibilities, along with off-menu drinks, too (pro-tip: ask your server about the Lavender Chocolate Latte). Coventry


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