The northernmost town in what is generally considered South County, East Greenwich is also the least “beachy” of its waterfront communities. Its charming Main Street, however, is probably the closest thing you’ll find in the area to a dense cluster of urban activity. its location on Greenwich Cove, with several dockside restaurants, also makes East Greenwich a popular place for boaters.
For more than 30 years, Finn’s Harborside (formerly Harbourside Lobstermania) has been serving fresh, local seafood in a casual atmosphere. they offer free docking for diners who arrive by boat. 38 Water St. 401-884-6363, finnsharborside.com
Besos Kitchen & Cocktails serves modern tapas and eclectic international fare in an elegant atmosphere. 378 Main St. 401-398-8855, besoskitchenandcocktails.com
Kon Asian Bistro stands out for its modern pan-Asian cuisine, like sushi, hibachi and noodles, and a hip cocktail bar. 553 Main St. 401-886-9200, konasianbistro.com
The Locals’ Choice
Starting as a lunch cart in 1917, Jigger’s Hill & Harbour Diner has survived through several incarnations, serving classic breakfast and lunch fare, including their famed cornmeal johnnycakes, a Rhode Island staple. 145 Main St. 401-884-6060, jiggersdiner.com
A Place in History
Up until 1854, East Greenwich was one of five state capitals in Rhode Island, one for each county. the seat of the legislature rotated among them. It also claims to be the birthplace of the US Navy, as established by a 1775 General assembly resolution. Several other towns also stake this claim, but East Greenwich’s is the earliest and the only one to involve specific governmental authorization.
Get Some Culture
This 1926 theater, which has gone from vaudeville house to cinema to performing arts venue in its long life, re-opened in 2013 after a five-year absence. its current programming includes both music and theater. 59 Main St. theodeum.org
Main Street Strolls
One Thursday every month, local merchants extend their hours for a Main street stroll, a block party-type event with entertainment, cocktails and food. eastgreenwichri.com
Shop Main Street
The bustling heart of East Greenwich, Main Street combines classic small town charm with modern style.
Vintage & Consignment Fashions
French Bulldog, 850 Main St. 401-884-0200, thefrenchbulldogconsignmentboutique.com