Smokey Bones: RI’s first and last stop for the best food

It had been a while since I took a weekend trip to Rhode Island, but I knew that while I was there, I had to go to Smokey Bones. I have a friend who lives up that way and this is his favorite place to eat in the state. So as you would think, I have been there many times. But this time it was getting Food-Duded.

Smokey Bones is a popular place in RI. It’s well known for its BBQ style food and burgers. It has that twist between Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse. (For those of you unfamiliar with Texas Roadhouse, take a look at our previous posts).

Smokey Bones is also very popular for something else other than their style of cooking. So…let’s start with an appetizer, and probably the best app I’ve ever had. They are well known for their chicken chili nachos. Everybody who is anybody orders this when they walk in the place. Some even come just for the nachos. Everyone loves them. I bet even vegetarians take on a platter of them when they come to this place, and lie about it later. These nachos are a beautiful centerpiece for your table. Served on a large tin plate, piled high, and covered in an array of edible colors. Chicken chili, peppers, jalapenos, sour cream. Just simply amazing.

Once we downed the nachos, it was time for the main course. With all the options I had to choose from, I had to get a burger. This place knows how to cook a burger. You get it they way you order it, and you get it fast. I got the Smokehouse Burger. It’s your typical western style burger with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, fried onion strings, and a whole onion ring. If you are a fan of burgers, you must have this place on your bucket list of burger joints to hit. All I have to say is every time I am in RI; I make it a priority to go to Smokey Bones.

Smokey Bones has multiple locations, for one near you, visit And follow them on Twitter @SmokeyBonesBar.

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