Joanne’s Journey to Waysider Grille


“Sometimes you like to go where everyone knows your name”. “Our troubles are all the same”.

Does that ring a bell? Well I found Rhode Island’s version of “Cheers” right here in East Greenwich.

So if you are craving a good old fashioned pub with all kinds of food, “The Waysider Grille” on Post Road in East Greenwich is for you! So many of you may remember the former Mozzarella’s restaurant on Post Road.

Everyone Knows Your Name

It is under new management and has a new menu with plenty of choices for you. You might want an appetizer of nachos, chicken wings, onion rings, or clam chowder and clam cakes.  The Waysider has it all!

The menu is full of goodies to pick on and also the traditional dinner entrees like sirloin steak, chicken Parmesan, sirloin tips and much more.

There are usually Fish and chips every day and always an array of fresh seafood such as clams oregenata or fresh steamers.

There are also their famous cheeseburgers made about six different ways and custom made pizza, you choose your own topping. I always get the four cheese white pizza with fresh tomatoes. Yes, it is very good!

Cheeseburger…in East Greenwich

There is a large selection of draft beer to choose from. If you like sangria, you need to ask the bartender, Lou, for his specialty red sangria loaded with slices of fruit and cherries.  This is always a thirst quencher and not too sweet. There is also a wide variety of cocktails, especially during the fall when they specialize in Pumpkin Martinis and s’mores Martinis. These drinks are so filling, you can only have one. The s’mores martinis are cream  based with white chocolate liquor, vanilla vodka and a splash of chocolate sauce topped with marshmallows.

So on a hot night, I decided to try something different by ordering a  specialty appetizer, the rice ball stuffed with Hamburg and mozzarella cheese with marinara sauce for dipping. It was a huge portion and piping hot and plenty enough to share. The melted cheese and beef inside made it different from the original rice balls which are usually stuffed with peas and cheese. I like the taste of the beef inside the rice ball but really could  have ate this for a meal. But who could stop there?

But Wait, There’s More

We ordered the shaved steak and cheese wrap which came with sweet potato fries. Wraps can either be good or poorly made depending On how they are prepared.  This wrap had shaved steak with melted cheese, mushrooms and grilled onions. It was very good but very rich. We also ordered the buffalo chicken salad which was delicious. It had plenty of fresh salad topped with buffalo chicken strips coated  in breadcrumbs and hot sauce.  It had a kick to it and if you like hot, you will love this with the blue cheese dressing on the side. 

We also ordered the rib eye steak with sautéed Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes.  The steak was a good size and grilled a little well done, but still good.

The good thing about the Waysider grille is sitting in the bar area, where there is a huge bar and plenty of comfortable booths and tables.

There is also a separate dining room separated by French doors where you can dine and be quiet.

But if you are looking for a fun night, you might want to try Trivia night on  Wednesday’s or music night on  Thursday’s. Let’s not forget Sunday’s where the Patriots game rule and the place is packed with football fans watching the game on wall to wall big screen televisions surrounding the restaurant. 

Sunday family dinners also include all you can eat roasted chicken with macaroni, salad and fresh cut French fries. It’s a great family dinner that you all will enjoy!

Can’t Forget Dessert

No meal is complete for me without dessert. There are always different desserts., pies, ice cream sundaes and cakes.

But this night, I choose the Lemon marscapone cake which was smooth, creamy and tart.

Sometimes you want somewhere you can go in your jeans and tee shirt and just relax and enjoy! You might want to be where everyone knows your name.  You might not! 

But in this place everyone knows each other as it is the neighborhood meeting place. It has all the same nuance as the “Cheers” In Boston. 

The  Waysider grille was relaxing and enjoyable and reminded me of being in an old fashioned pub. Journey on down to “The Waysider grille” for a casual lunch, dinner or beer! Cheers!

Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at