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South County Like a Tourist: Feed Your Inner Foodie

While Paris and New York City might be renowned as dining epicenters, Rhode Island can certainly hold its own when it comes to serving up dishes to die for.


Get a Loaf To Go at Daddy’s Bread

It’s not everyday you walk into a bakery based on the honor system. Selling a variety of artisan breads, this adorable, old-time bakery caters to health-conscious carb lovers: you won’t find preservatives or chemical additives here. Just fresh, wholesome loaves made with ingredients such as hand-chopped apples and fresh blueberries. Stop in on your way to the beach and pick up an Apricot Raisin or Peasant loaf to go. 805 Moonstone Beach Road, Matunuck.

Try a Johnny Cake at Kenyon’s Grist Mill

Considered the second oldest continuously operating business in Rhode Island, Kenyon’s has been grinding meals and flours on-site since 1696. Swing by for a bag of Johnny Cake Corn Meal or a box of old-fashioned Clam Cake and Fritter Mix. Through the end of August, visitors can take advantage of on-site kayak rentals to explore the peaceful Queen’s River. 21 Glen Rock Road, West Kingston. 783-4054,

Gulp a Shark Bowl at Paddy’s

Fully renovated following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, Paddy’s Beach Restaurant and Resort features an oceanfront tiki bar with swanky cabanas plus wild events like DJ dance parties, Sunday Fundays and Foam Fridays. Want to really kick up your staycation? Try the half-gallon Shark Attack featuring two types of Bacardi, three liquors, two juices and two mini sharks filled with Paddy Wagon shots, all served in a giant bowl. 159 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. 596-2610,

Grab a Bag of Doughboys from Iggy’s

Tourists flock to this clam shack thanks to CBS’s The Early Show, which named its clam chowder best in the nation. Locals know that while Iggy’s chowder is amazing, its doughboys are a different sort of heaven: sugary pillows of bliss for the mouth. Pop in for a bag of six or 12, and don’t worry about dressing up: sandy toes are welcomed. 1151 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. 783-5608,

Have a Drink at the O’Mist

This laid-back beach bar is the perfect place to waste a summer day away. Throw back a few ice cold beers while listening to live music or chatting up friendly strangers on the oceanfront deck. Popular events include Tuesday night reggae and Sunday Fundays. Or, come for breakfast and breathe in the fresh ocean air over a breakfast burrito and a mimosa. It sure beats spending the morning at the office. 895 Matunuck Beach Road, Wakefield. 782-3740,


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