After poring over this board and RoadFood.com, we tried to hit as many places as possible for regional specialties on our recent one week trip to Rhode Island. Be aware, we were traveling with two picky kids and on a modest budget, however.
In Warwick, we always like the Governor Francis Inn for lobster rolls, stuffed clams, stuffed mushrooms, etc.
Also in Warwick, we had some great clam cakes and doughboys at Iggy's Doughboys on the waterfront.
In Cranston, we made the obligatory weiner stop at Olyneyville New York System weiners -- these local specialties are starting to grow on this California native, but I prefer the seafood overall.
In East Providence, we hit the kitchy, old-school Madeira for Portuguese food. I don't think Portuguese food in Portugal really tastes like this, but it's a fun spot with some tasty items. We were there the night of the big East Providence bar fire, which added to the excitement.
In Charlestown, I enjoyed the Hitching Post's lobster roll and wished I could try more of their typical clam shack menu.
On Federal Hill in Providence, we tried Caserta's Pizza, which was much different from the pizza we're used to, but I started to like it after I got used to it.
Thanks to everyone for suggestions. Photos on my blog.