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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


’Gansett hits the charts! Plus, the Newport Fest and Let’s Pour

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Last week, the Brewers Association, the group that keeps track of production stats for US beer makers, released its list of the top 50 brewing companies (the top five: Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst, Yuengling, and Boston Beer Co., aka Sam Adams).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 25, 2012


Review: Cuban Revolution

Viva la ropa vieja!
As restaurant themes go, there must be some odder than that of Cuban Revolution.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2012


Shelf life: Building the Best beer store

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
I spend a lot of time in liquor stores (hey, it's in the job description).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 04, 2012


Review: SoHo

Funky and chic in Narragansett
When you walk in to SoHo, an elaborate panorama of Manhattan skyscrapers catches your eye above the bar.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 27, 2012


Something to honk about: Goose Island delivers the Belgians

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Two weeks ago we huzzahed the arrival of Founders.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 21, 2012


Review: Beach Rose Café

Simple delights in Wickford
When a foodie friend (whose bedtime reading is cookbooks) recommended Beach Rose Café, I immediately took notice.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 14, 2012


Reasons to be cheerful: Founders arrives in the Ocean State

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
The tweet from Madeira Liquors said it all: "So friggin' excited to announce Founders is now available in Rhode Island!"
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 07, 2012


Review: Mario’s Risto/Bar

Excellent dining in Knightsville
We don't usually think of Mario's when we're passing through Knightsville.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 07, 2012


Review: Persimmon

Perfection, earthbound and rarefied
As national press has informed us in recent years, Rhode Island has certainly, and deservedly, earned a reputation as one of the prime culinary hotspots in the country, so it has plenty of fine restaurants vying for of top honors.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 28, 2012


Beer ’round here: Grey Sail, ’Gansett, and Newport Storm

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
When the building at 63 Canal Street in Westerly opened in the 1930s, it housed the Westerly Macaroni Manufacturing Co. It also served as a post office.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  February 22, 2012


Review: Neo Pizza

Award-winning pies (and much more)
In today's stressful economy, it's a boost to find an eatery with 10 dinners under $10, and another two at $10.50 and $10.75.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2012


Review: Cresta Bar & Ristorante

Diamond in the rough
Cresta Bar & Ristorante, the new restaurant in Pawtucket, is really classing up the place.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2012


60 bottles and 1 can: Great samplers, and a gloriously sticky beer

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
In the gift guide a few columns back, I recommended variety packs as an ideal present, a gateway to craft brew exploration, a great deal, and a way to avoid mix-a-six anxiety.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  February 10, 2012


Review: Mill's Tavern

An elegant prix fixe experience
When a restaurant has survived eight-plus years on the Providence scene, you know it must be doing something (or several things) right.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 27, 2012


Review: Siena

Close your eyes and it's Tuscany
I can't imagine that anyone returning from a visit to Tuscany fails to wax rhapsodic about the cuisine, perhaps as soon as the customs inspection.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 31, 2012


Gateway to beer heaven

Local pros share their first loves and choose their ‘forever’ brew
The craft beer biz is booming . The evidence is everywhere: on tap, as more bars and restaurants diversify their offerings; at the stores, where shelves are crammed with a dizzying array of product; and on the ledger sheets.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  January 26, 2012

Review: Canfield House

Not just for robber barons
Interesting atmosphere in the lobby. A wealth of surrounding wood paneling, an Art Deco tasseled lamp on the host station, and the pièce de résistance: a tall roulette wheel, beckoningly still.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 25, 2012


Review: Vine Yard East

Come for the wine, stay for the food
The spelling of this six-month-old restaurant's name indicates one of its primary draws: an emphasis on wine.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 17, 2012


Anticipation – or, new year, new beers

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
In 2011 we welcomed great brews from Firestone Walker, Sixpoint, Breckenridge, and White Birch to the state.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  January 11, 2012


Review: Ralph’s Bull & Claw Tavern

So much more than pub food
Time was, a place that called itself a tavern purveyed meals as well as drinks to weary travelers. Nowadays at most such places you might snag some buffalo chicken wings at best.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 10, 2012

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