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Exalted beer bliss: Treat yourself to Beervana; plus, Providence Craft Beer Week

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Beervana is a truly special beer fest.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 11, 2012


Booze 101

Intro to imbibing for the recently legal
As a certified old person, I'd like to be one of the many people who will remind you this school year, and for many years to come, that you have no fucking idea what you're doing.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 26, 2012


Review: Bistro 9

Not just puttering around
Although Bistro 9 is located at the East Greenwich Golf Club, you don't have to be able to tell a nine iron from a tire iron to be comfortable here.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2012


Follow the Trail: One beer story leads to another

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
A new bar, new breweries, new bottles and boxes and beers. Let's go.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  September 20, 2012

Review: Pizzeria Mezzo

Sublime pies, and ‘BBQ’ too
Since it opened in May, Pizzeria Mezzo (half pizza/half "BBQ") has become the go-to spot in Wakefield for a casual supper for summer visitors, South County locals, URI students, and everyone in between.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 12, 2012


Review: Plum Pt. Bistro

The Contes do it well again
Plum Pt., the new eatery in Saunderstown, is definitely designed as a bistro, as was emphasized by our server, who noted that such places are intended to be noisy to provide the kind of bustling "energy" that attracts hip, young diners.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 04, 2012


Review: Jacky’s Waterplace

Bursting with culinary character
The first time I visited Jacky's Waterplace, it was just before the grand opening, and who should be there to give us the grand tour but Jacky Ko himself.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2012


Before the Fall: Sierra Nevada & Firestone Walker’s new brews

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
After a couple of weeks of watching the summer fare make way for the towers of autumn offerings (follow the progress of Madeira Liquors' Wall of Fall at their Facebook page), we were thrilled to see new brews from Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker on the shelves.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  August 17, 2012


Review: La Strada Café & Pizzeria

The real thing
Summer at the seashore isn't just about clam shacks, and certainly not in Matunuck ever since La Strada opened last year.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2012


Review: Jim’s Dock

A succulent summertime tradition
There are some traditional celebrations, like the Fourth of July or Secretary's Day, that you comply with out of habit or generosity.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2012


Get ready for IPA Day

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Hey, it's another great excuse to line up a pint or three: Thursday, August 2 is the 2nd Annual IPA Day!
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 19, 2012


Review: Hourglass Brasserie

Pamper your palate
Providence Restaurant Weeks (which continue through July 21; view the list at is a sweet deal for several reasons.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 11, 2012


Review: Italian Corner

Destination dining (just one night a week)
Please don't read this review. Really, I'm begging you. If you do, I won't be able to get another plate of pasta at Italian Corner for the next few months.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 26, 2012


Beer wars: Grey Sail and Full Sail face off

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Full Sail is a craft brewing company in Hood River, Oregon, about 60 miles east of Portland just below the Canadian border.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 21, 2012


Review: Small Axe Café

Enchanting dining in Charlestown
Anyone who has lived in southern Rhode Island since the '70s, as we have, has almost surely discovered the then-hippie/now retro-hippie enclave of the Fantastic Umbrella Factory.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 12, 2012


The suds of summer: Warm weather brings the lighter side of beers

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," as the song says. And with the onslaught of summer seasonals, the drinkin' is easy too.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 08, 2012


Review: Iron Works Tavern

Fittingly hearty fare (and much more)
They damn well better serve steaks at the Iron Works Tavern.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 29, 2012


Hoppy hybrids: Samuel Adams’ IPA crash course

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
One of 2011's best beer geek treats was Samuel Adams' Latitude 48 Deconstructed box, which offered five IPAs highlighting the hops that are used in the variety pack's namesake beer and provided a savory contrast-and-compare lesson on the qualities of the distinct flavor buds.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 23, 2012


Review: The ROI

Comfort food for kings and commoners
Anyone who liked DownCity Diner when Paul Shire opened it in 1990 or Oak when the chef was in charge there will love his newest restaurant, the ROI.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 15, 2012


Hey! An excuse to drink! Raise a toast to American Craft Beer Week

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Since 2006, the Brewers Association, the alliance of US beer makers, marketers, distributors, and other biz folks, has held American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) in May (pre-'06 July was American Beer Month).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 10, 2012


Review: Lim’s

A welcome addition to Thai restaurant ranks
Another Thai restaurant in Providence? Well, since Lim's has solid offerings that can stand up to comparisons, maybe they have a shot.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 02, 2012

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