Mom and pop-style restaurants bring you back the smells of your childhood kitchen and Grandma’s signature recipes. These one-of-a-kind eateries are serving up traditional, homemade meals that you just won’t find in other major restaurants. Here are the 10 best mom and pop restaurants in Rhode Island.
Eating at this Korean restaurant feels instantly home. Ordering the Bibimbap bowl is a must—you’ll love the fresh vegetables over rice paired with their homemade spicy sauce.
Make sure to grab a seat at the counter at Persy’s—it’s the best spot in the restaurant. Even if the restaurant is buzzing with customers, Persy’s will make sure to take care of you and your group. If you come back, you might even get a free gift of their delicious cornbread!
You’ll recognize Cindy’s from the large neon sign outside—but on the inside, Cindy’s is quaint, cozy, and always packed. Make sure to stop by for breakfast—you’ll be impressed by their attentive staff.
Looking for a classic diner breakfast? You’ll want to stop by Betty’s—the hash browns are perfectly crispy, the eggs simple and delicious, and the refills always flowing. The best part? Betty’s is open between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., and then again between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., ideal for those getting off a late shift!
This home-style cooking is worshipped by students at Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design, who will pull all-nighters only to end up at Louis for its 5 a.m. opening. But there are plenty of reasons to visit beyond the “Louis challenge.” Try the sweet and buttery grilled muffins, too!
Step into an Italian family’s private dining room when you eat at owner Mike Normandin’s Sorrento Restaurant. You’ll want to try the Clams Zuppa—with littlenecks sautéed in olive oil, garlic and onions service in red or white sauce—or the Frutta di Mare Al Fritta, fried seafood served at market price.
This vibrant spot offers an eclectic taste of global foods and tasty cocktails. Grab a spot out on the patio and order a delicious coconut mojito, or sit inside for a beachy surfer vibe.
This small Italian restaurant has been serving up delicious pizza for nearly 50 years. The slices are covered in gooey, melting cheese and come with a delicious, slightly salty crust.
This little restaurant is currently in its fourth generation of ownership, but the clambakes it created 97 years ago are still served up every day! If you’re down by the beach or near Point Judith, make sure to stop in!
This family-owned and operated restaurant has been in business since 1995. Sample from their large selection of spirits, which includes domestic and imported beer, or book a party in their banquet room!