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Review: The Fish Market

Already has its sea legs
The first encouraging sign was that the two men greeting us beaming broadly were the host and, we later learned, the executive chef. These guys were clearly happy. Business must be doing well.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 14, 2011


Review: Andreas

Greek (and American) classics
The Greek community in Providence isn't as large as, say Italian or Portuguese, so Greek restaurants are scarce, unless you count pizzerias. (Feta hasn't replaced mozzarella yet, but just you wait.)
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 30, 2011


Health 'n' hops

Is beer good for you?
Thomas Jefferson once asserted that beer, when drank in moderation, "promotes health." Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands referred to it as "liquid bread."
By: JOSH SMITH  |  March 29, 2011


Review: Cactus Grille

Mexican with an American accent
Longevity for a non-ethnic Mexican restaurant around here sometimes has less to do with quality than with the Americanization of tastes.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 22, 2011


Review: Tina's Jamaican Caribbean Restaurant

Fine fare with a tropical accent
Fed up with winter? Couple of options. Hit the web and book an impulse flight to some palm-tree-bedecked island. Or drive to Tina's Jamaican Caribbean Restaurant, bask in the colorful ambience, and prepare yourself to be fed as well as any Rastaman who strolls in.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 15, 2011

Review: Ebisu

Ingenuity instead of sushi
If you like Japanese food but you’re sick of sushi, then you’ll probably love Ebisu. Named after one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, who brings luck to fishermen and merchants, the place doesn’t even serve sushi, as if the offering would be too boringly obvious.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 09, 2011


Bring on the Bock (and more)

Springing forward
For New Englanders, the four seasons are an inescapable reality. The good news is that each season brings its own beer with it. Light, sessionable brews for summer, Oktoberfest beers in the fall, winter warmers, and in the spring . . . . Wait, what exactly is the style for spring seasonals?
By: JOSH SMITH  |  March 02, 2011

Review: Yesterday's

Nostalgic setting, contemporary delights
Funny thing, nostalgia. When it's about an era you haven't personally experienced, the reminders can be all over the place. Yesterday's bills itself as an alehouse, so visual cues try to trigger images of clanking, frothing mugs.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 02, 2011

Review: Noodles 102

Simply delicious
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity — life is frittered away by too-fancy restaurants, to paraphrase Harry Thoreau if he were famished and looking for a good, quick meal.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 23, 2011


Beer by the sea

Sipping at Newport Storm
Ever since Narragansett closed its Cranston brewery 30 years ago, Rhode Island's brewing history has been sporadic at best. Contract brewers Hope Brewing and the Great Providence Brewing Company never successfully built a brewery, while Emerald Isle Brew Works' keg-only facility lasted just a few years.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  February 16, 2011

Review: Le Central

Cherchez la lunch
Their slogan is "Where the East Bay meets the Left Bank," and Le Central, in the middle of Bristol, usually does a fine job fulfilling the claim with more than good french fries. Gone are the days when the town had to settle for a Café La France on the spot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2011


Beer and cheese unite!

A super pairing for the big game
As disappointed Patriots fans, we're definitely going to need some quality beer and snacks to get through the Super Bowl this year. While chicken wings, pizza, or chips and dip will be served at most houses come kickoff, I'm opting for what I consider to be the ultimate Super Bowl snack: beer and cheese.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  February 02, 2011

Review: Boneyard Barbecue

A rockin' delight in the wilds of Seekonk
Rhode Islanders are blessed with heavenly-good BBQ spots statewide, and while Boneyard Barbecue's business address reads Seekonk, we might as well claim this bustling, family-friendly joint as our own.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 02, 2011

Review: Louis Family Restaurant

Just like Mama tried to make
There are no Greek columns outside or marble steps, but make no mistake: Louis Family Restaurant is an institution in Providence.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 25, 2011

Review: Local 121

Sincerely tethered
Local 121 isn't a locabore about their commitment to "locally harvested food and drink." The restaurant just places a list of some of their "local resources" at the bottom of their menu: Matunuck Oyster Farm, Prima Pasta, Sakonnet Vineyards, and so on.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 18, 2011

Review: Bluebird Café

From bacon and eggs to fried catfish
How easy it is to take your favorite local places for granted. The Bluebird Café is my regular weekly lunch spot and a shortlist contender for taking out-of-town guests to breakfast, but I've shamefully neglected its once-a-week dinners.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 11, 2011

Review: Narragansett Grill

A visit to the latest resident
Over the years, restaurants have come and restaurants have gone at the remote 1200 Ocean Road in Narragansett: Wiley's, the Drunken Clam, the Ugly Old Toad, 1200 Ocean Grill, and so on.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 04, 2011


On tap for 2011

The New Year in beer
Unquestionably, 2010 was another banner year for craft beer. Personal highlights include the release of barrel-aged and specialty beers such as Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Series, and the recognition of Cascadian Dark Ales (or Black IPAs) as a style. Here are seven other trends we can expect to see in 2011.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  December 29, 2010

Review: W.B. Cody's

Buffalo Bill BBQ
There aren't any theme parks close by, but a drive down to Westerly will get you to a close approximation with bells on. Well, with chaps and spurs on. W.B. Cody's is a barbecue specialist — local, not a chain — with a Western theme clearly inspired by the showmanship of its namesake.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 22, 2010



We wish you a beery Christmas
Beer is the world's most popular alcoholic drink. Living during this current renaissance of craft beer has allowed a wide spectrum of styles and flavors to become available, making the beverage even more accessible than ever.
By: JOSH SMITH  |  December 15, 2010

Review: Hemenway's Dockside Dining

Not just a clone of Providence
When a successful restaurant opens another location, the easiest thing is to clone the original, or at least the menu that was its claim to fame.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 15, 2010

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