The brilliant baristas at Klekolo pour steaming cups of joe and craft specialty drinks in their funky Court Street location. Using beans from a variety of roasters—most of them organic and free trade—the staff brews each cup ($1.30–$2.25) from the drip bar. Expertly made espresso ($1.25) steams in tiny mugs stolen from caffeinated elves, and specialty drinks such as the Witches' Brew transfix taste buds with a spell of caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, and espresso. Combat severe cases of indecision by filling tankards with smooshies ($5.75), a combination smoothie-slushie that dallies in fruit flavors as well as java incarnations. The pastry case houses a rotating selection of scrumptious sweets ($1.80–$4.95); recent offerings have included rich turtle-cheesecake bars and flaky lemon danish. While sipping from mugs, patrons can gaze at the local artwork dotting the richly hued purple walls, use free WiFi to email lonely houseplants, or admire the 10 cents they saved by bringing in their own bean-juice receptacles.
The chefs at Portsmouth Publick House put their own twist on classics. They douse the bison burger with mango chutney; pair eggs benedict with lobster; and stuff quesadillas with smashed potatoes and filet mignon. The rest of the menu, including piping-hot pizzas and soup, refuels patrons during contests and other forms of entertainment. On Thursday nights, guests put their heads together over trivia questions. Sundays offer a stage for open-mic.
The land surrounding the Narrow River is a prime example of Rhode Island's varied natural splendor, which includes sandy beaches, lush forests, green fields, marshland, and sand banks. Narrow River Kayaks puts it all within reach, equipping locals and visitors with a variety of vessels, including canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.
Once boated up, you can paddle your way across the Pettaquamscutt Watershed area for a relaxed day of fishing, picnicking, spotting wildlife, or making kissy faces at your own reflection in the river. With outdoor showers, changing tents, and portable restrooms onsite, Narrow River Kayaks assures aquatic adventurers a comfortable time in the great outdoors. The shop also sells new and used kayaks, and can set up all boaters with items such as dry bags, waterproof containers, and personal flotation devices for jaunts past the John H. Chafee Wildlife Refuge and the Kettle Ponds.
Rhode Island Monthly named Beehive Cafe Best of Rhode Island Editors' Pick in 2008 and Best Lunch of Rhode Island in 2010. The Providence Phoenix reviewed The Beehive Cafe and gave it an average of four stars, and 100% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
Eggroll Café's menu boasts inventive ingredients like replacing eggrolls' classic fillings with the tastes of cheeseburger, spinach and feta, or steak fajita inside the familiar golden, crispy crusts. The kitchen shies away from the use of added preservatives, flavorants, colorants and trans-fats. Far from the average Asian eatery, here, baristas whip up flavored lattes in irish cream or white-chocolate flavors to pair with bento boxes full of General Gao's chicken, Chicken Katsu, and Spicy Korean Pork. Among the bright yellow walls, patrons sip fruit-flavored bubble teas and take bites of cinn' apple dessert eggrolls to top things off.
At Riffic Grilled Cheese, whipping up grilled cheese sandwiches is what the staff does best. Their grilled sandwiches are totally customizable, right down to the bread: choose your base, cheese, toppings, and any meat to create the ultimate multi-layered grilled-cheese sandwich.