Indie City - Rhode Island

Our next Indie City is, well, several cities... We're exploring the not-to-be-missed indies in Rhode Island, starting with Middletown and Newport. Check out these recommendations from Judy, Jenny, Molly and Marilyn of Island Books in Middletown, RI.

Jenny says, "KJ's Restaurant & Pub is one of my favorite places to eat with my family, especially in the summer. A pub style restaurant with a view of the ocean in Middletown, RI. The burgers are great, the nachos are a must, the decor is fun (my kids LOVE the giant saltwater fish tank that divides the upstairs bar from the dining room), and the downstairs offers a bar and game room for those times when we get out without the kids."

Molly says, "Down Under Jewelry showcases independent artists in an original, independent shop - an elegant yet comfortable place to shop for something special.

Marilyn says, "Thames Glass has a wide array of hand blown glass—great for wedding gifts. They also offer glass blowing classes, which is a fun way to do it yourself and have a memento from Newport."

Both Jenny and Molly recommend Custom House Coffee. Molly says, "The best roasted and brewed coffee in the state in two great locations - both staffed by friendly baristas." Jenny adds, "This is one of my favorite cafes, not just because the coffee and lattes are amazing, as are the pastries and cakes, but it's a great place to hang out - the atmosphere and friendly staff make this a nice and welcoming home away from home. I love stopping in alone to enjoy a quiet coffee to read or write. This is also where my book group meets for it's lively monthly meeting (they happily tolerate us)."

Just says, "Only in Rhode Island is the place to go for all things Rhode Island - from the chic to the kitsch - for the tourist and the local - they have something fun for everyone!"

Both Judy and Marilyn picked out Salvation Cafe. Molly says "An eclectic menu and a great chocolate mousse!!  Interesting décor—good food at affordable prices," while Judy adds, "Deliciously inventive food with a decor to match - a must if you're in the area!"

Thanks to Island Books and eat.shop guides for the independent suggestions. Find more Rhode Island indies in eat.shop rhode island. Find it at an indie bookstore near you.