WRIGHT'S FARM RESTAURANT
84 Inman Road
Chicken and macaroni seems to be a Rhode Island thing. Bunch of places sell it. Doubt if anyone does a better job than Wright's.
Half a baked chicken, shell pasta with gravy, incredible french fries, green salad, and a slice of vanilla ice cream roll with a chocolate chicken in the center. Served family style. All you can eat for $9.75. In a vast restaurant that can seat over a thousand.
Such high volume - the place was packed the Friday night we were there - over an hour wait - all the makings for a disaster. You'd think. But Wright's pulls it off. Excellence. The chicken was perfectly cooked. The salad fresh, chilled with a crisp, light Italian dressing. The fries - I could eat a bowl full. The steak - the only other entree at about twice the cost - just as good.
Plenty to do while you wait - a gift shop that makes Cracker Barrel's look like a collection of fine antiques, Keno games flashing on the wall, a collection of arcade machines.
All in all, one of my favorite and most surprising eating experiences in quite a while.