2021 Best of Rhode Island: Readers’ Poll

The Best of Rhode Island poll was conducted online between April 1st to April 30th, 2021. All visitors to RIMonthly.com were eligible to vote. The following are the results of a tabulation of the votes cast in both statewide and regional categories. We are confident in our tallies of votes cast. The results are not an endorsement by Rhode Island Monthly magazine but an accurate accounting of legitimate votes cast.


Hall of Fame

Reserved for those folks who have consistently proven themselves to be the best throughout the years.


Sophia’s Tuscan Grille, Warwick

New Restaurant in 2020
Centredale Revival Company, North Providence

Mexican Restaurant
Condesa Restaurante Mexicano, Multiple Locations

Indian Restaurant
Rasa Restaurant, East Greenwich

Massimo Ristorante, Providence

Cheap Eats
Angelo’s Restaurant, Providence

Gourmet Doughnuts
KNEAD Doughnuts, Providence

Providence Bagel, Multiple Locations

Pastiche Fine Desserts, Providence

Waterfront Dining
Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown

Bar Cocktail List
Ten Prime Steak and Sushi, Providence

Wine List
Pane e Vino, Providence

Beer on Tap
Mews Tavern, Wakefield

Local Brewer/Brew Pub
Grey Sail Brewing, Westerly

Bar to People Watch
The Hot Club, Providence

Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, Multiple Locations

Irish Bar
Aidan’s Pub, Bristol

Oyster Bar
Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown

Clam Shack
Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House, Multiple Locations

BYOB Restaurant
Sophia’s Tuscan Grille, Warwick

Locally Owned Family Friendly Restaurant
Laura’s Bar and Grill, Smithfield

Mobile Food Vendor
Basil and Bunny

Pop-Up Vendor
Menta Graze

Farmers Market
Scituate Farmers Market

Locally Owned Seafood Market
Fearless Fish Market, Providence

Locally Owned Kids’ Toy Store
Luca Boutique, Warren

Locally Owned Home Decor Store
Brown and Hopkins Country Store, Chepachet

Locally Owned Day Spa
Pure Eco Spa and Boutique, Westerly

Locally Owned Music Store
Rob Coyne School of Music Education, Warren

Local Concert Venue
Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland

Locally Made Beauty Products
Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap, North Scituate

Locally Made Food Products
The Backyard Food Company, Cranston

Locally Made Bottled Drink Products–Alcoholic
Sons of Liberty Spirits Co., South Kingstown

Locally Made Bottled Drink Products–Non-Alcoholic
Yacht Club Soda, North Providence

Independent Bookstore
Barrington Books, Barrington

News Anchorwoman
Patrice Wood, NBC 10

News Anchorman
Gene Valicenti, NBC 10

Morning News Anchorwoman
Alison Bologna, NBC 10

Morning News Anchorman
Mario Hilario, NBC 10

Television Meteorologist/Male
Mark Searles, NBC 10

Television Meteorologist/Female
Kelly Bates, NBC 10

Television Sportscaster
Frank Carpano, NBC 10

Television News Reporter/Male
Brian Crandall, NBC 10

Television News Reporter/Female
Lindsay Iadeluca, NBC 10

Morning Radio Show
Gene Valicenti, WPRO

Morning TV Show
The Rhode Show, WPRI 12

Radio Talk Show Host
Gene Valicenti, WPRO

Local Band
The Naticks

Local Lifestyle Blog
Recipe Hippie

Local Fashion Designer
Amy Page DeBlasio

Locally Made Jewelry
Baxter’s Fine Jewelry, Warwick
Luca and Danni, Cranston

Stephanie Alvarez Ewens Photography, East Providence

Local News Blog
John DePetro Show

Rhode Island Themed Instagram
Buns and Bites

Rhode Island YouTube Star
The Miss Allie Cakes

Twitter Feed
John DePetro Show

Rhode Island Podcast
Outlander Cast: Mary and Blake

Annual Music Festival
Newport Folk Festival

Annual Art/Crafts Festival
Scituate Art Festival

Hiking Trail
Newport Cliff Walk

Local Tour
Providence River Boat Company

Food Event
Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence

Craft Beer Festival
The Zoo’s Brew in a Box Virtual Beer Tasting

Nonprofit Fundraiser
Nathan’s Angels

Place to Volunteer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island Children’s Wishes

Local Boutique for Wedding Dresses
The Bridal Garden, East Greenwich

Wedding Caterer
Emery’s Catering, Warwick

Wedding Photographer
Sara Zarrella Photography, Exeter

Wedding DJ
Elite Entertainment, East Greenwich

Wedding Live Band
Take It to the Bridge

Wedding Cakes and Desserts
Sin, Providence

Wedding Stationery
New England Invitations, East Greenwich
Paper Moon Invitations, Cranston
Little Birdie Papercraft, Warwick

Wedding Jewelry
Baxter’s Fine Jewelry, Warwick

Wedding Florist
Cherryhill Flowers, Johnston
Bloom Back Flowers, Providence

Wedding Hair
Pro Radiance Artistry, East Greenwich

Wedding Makeup
Pro Radiance Artistry, East Greenwich

Wedding Planner
Kristin Nicole Events, Warwick

Wedding Videographer
JB Horn Film, Providence

Honeymoon Planner
Detailed Destinations, North Providence

Unique Local Wedding Transportation
Rockstar Limo, Newport

Waterfront Wedding Venue
Castle Hill Inn, Newport

Classic Wedding Venue
Kirkbrae Country Club, Lincoln