Old-School Charm Meets New Menu Offerings at Kay's in Woonsocket

Join the Dames Who Dine as they savor timeless classics and fresh additions at this northern RI staple


Kay’s Restaurant, located on the east side of Woonsocket, has been serving lunch and dinner since 1968. The Dames Who Dine duo – comprising myself and longtime Rhode Island foodie Melissa – set out for a Friday night adventure to enjoy some old-school classics at a venue that’s been around for almost 60 years.

Melissa, who had first visited several years ago, expected the unique napkin menu with just three sandwich options: steak, tuna fish, and ham. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that, along with the paper napkin sandwiches, there’s now also a full menu featuring their classic staples and rotating dishes.

We started with two of our favorite classic drinks from the full bar: a Cosmopolitan and Manhattan, which we enjoyed with the Clams Casino appetizer. For an entree, Melissa chose their classic Cheesesteak Sandwich. As the new gal in town, I went with Lobster Grilled Cheese, served on Texas Toast and loaded with so much lobstah that I gasped when the plate arrived. Both dishes were delicious and filling, but we couldn't resist ordering crème brûlée for dessert!

As we enjoyed new and old favorite dishes, the lively restaurant buzzed with other diners doing the same. Our friendly, attentive server did not disappoint, either. 

Whether to order online or enjoy their outdoor dining area just across the street, we’ll definitely make a return visit. With reasonable pricing, welcoming service, and filling portions, it’s the trifecta of a fantastic culinary experience. To learn more, visit 

Meet the Duo Behind Dames Who Dine

Dennise is a multi-passionate, second-act creative providing marketing strategies to women business owners. As a newbie to the Ocean State, she showcases fabulous Rhode Island eateries for Dames Who Dine. An aspiring author and filmmaker, Dennise also acts and loves making new friends and sharing adventures. Connect with her on Instagram at @TheAdventureBroad.

Melissa is known for her refusal to relocate and her willingness to travel far and wide for the perfect lobster roll. She might gripe about corruption and potholes, but she'll fiercely defend the Ocean State. Melissa loves exploring hot, new spots but knows it’s the hidden gems that make RI special. She enjoys getting out, getting lost, and revisiting old favorites. Find her on Instagram at @InTheRhode.


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