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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


Review: El Tapatio

Transported to the border
Although El Tapatio is a full-fledged Mexican restaurant, with distinct Tex-Mex and Cal-Mex accents, it has certainly adapted to one Rhode Island tradition: bountiful portions.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 03, 2012


Review: Bella

The taste of Sicily in Glendale
All jokes about Foster/Glocester weather reports aside, the village of Glendale is also very much off-the-beaten-track of the Greater Providence metro area.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 27, 2011


Review: Eleven Forty-Nine

In a line of fine restaurants
Four years ago, it was no surprise when a new restaurant opened in the space where Jason's had closed.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 21, 2011


A bevy of huzzahs!

The year in beer
Reflecting on the Year In Beer, it's the singular moments that stand out.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 21, 2011

Review: English Muffin

Breakfast worth waiting for
If the five plastic-resin benches lining the sidewalk to English Muffin's entrance don't trigger an image, then the banquettes lining the lobby just might.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 13, 2011


Give the gift of beer: A suds-soaked shopping list

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
We're working beer-related gifts in Bottles and Cans land. You like beer, yes? Chances are your friends like beer, yes? So give 'em some beer!
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 07, 2011


Review: Mosaic

A Latin American tapestry
With all the pan-Asian restaurants around, it only makes sense that there would be a pan-Latin restaurant thriving in Providence. Mosaic, a Latin American bistro, is doing a good job of it on the outerskirts of Olneyville.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2011

Review: Simply Thai

Plain and fancy
The restaurant is named Simply Thai, but the food you can expect to get there is not so simple at all. It's set up like a fast food place but it serves flavorful, complex Thai dishes I wanted to linger over.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 30, 2011


Need mead? Plus, Revival’s here and Lagunitas Sucks

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Pete Seeger sang, "We will pray just like the Druids/Drinking strange fermented fluids/Go dancing naked through the woods/They're good enough for me." Those "strange fermented fluids" were mead.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 22, 2011

Review: Ed’s Roost

Breakfast worth crowing about
When local East Greenwichers fly the coop in the early morn, they often land at Ed's Roost, with all the other hungry chickens . . . er, customers. I might be forgiven the slip since the chicken — or more specifically, rooster theme — is so prevalent at Ed's.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 22, 2011


Review: Clarke Cooke House

A meal for every mood
Although it looks a lot more welcome in the middle of Newport's Bannister Wharf than the proverbial blind man's elephant, depending on where you sit in this sprawling 18th-century building, the dining atmosphere can impress you as fun or formal or in-between.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 15, 2011


A talk with Greg Koch; plus, the perfect beer for Thanksgiving

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, the founders of the revered Stone Brewing Co., both cite Anchor Steam as their gateway beer to the wonderful world of craft.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 10, 2011

Review: J.P. Spoonem’s

Repeat visits encouraged (and rewarded)
When a friend whose professional office is nearby said, "It's a great little neighborhood joint, with a touch of nouvelle in the menu," and another friend was found sitting at its U-shaped counter, extolling the virtues of their omelets, we knew we'd stumbled upon a diner-style eatery that we should check out . . . more than once.
By: JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 08, 2011


Review: Chopmist Charlie’s

Sea fare and playful decor
Maybe more restaurants should have rich fantasy lives.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 02, 2011


Bottles and Cans and Just Clap Your Hands: ’Gansett’s Battle Roy-ale

Plus, Pearl Jam and the Great Intl. Beer Fest
DEMOCRACY! Narragansett Beer's craft brews — Fest, Porter, Bock, and Summer Ale — are all seasonal delights (especially the Bock; let's skip fall and winter and get right to spring; no, let's not, then we'd miss the Porter, the delicious winter warmer which just arrived in stores).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 27, 2011

Review: 15 Point Road

Dishes both inherited and original
How is it that seafood at a restaurant located on the water's edge is more appetizing than at one located inland, even a few blocks up the street? I don't recall ever salivating because a steakhouse was next to a cow pasture.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 25, 2011

Review: Van Ghent Café

More than waffle time
As ethnic cuisines go, most of us would be hard-pressed to anticipate much beyond their eponymous waffles when looking forward to a Belgian restaurant.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 18, 2011


The taste of autumn

Plus, the sublime quest for ‘good beer’
So I was ready to do the obligatory Oktoberfest column. I had decided to wait till, you know, Oc/ktober, despite the fact that some of these beers have been in stores since August (and then it was 80 degrees this weekend and too hot for lederhosen).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 12, 2011


Review: Aloha Café

Good food, good deeds, good cause
Scattered throughout the state are a few diner-like establishments that carry a social mission along with their goal of feeding people.
By:  |  October 11, 2011

Review: The Abbey

The best burger in Providence, brick by brick
The Abbey may resemble just another corner grub pub, but I'm here to declare that this Elmhurst mainstay (near the Providence College campus) is home to the best cheeseburger in Providence.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 05, 2011

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