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Speakeasy Bar & Grill

All the rage on Thames
There are plenty of reasons why the Speakeasy Bar and Grill has become a year-round hit in the heart of Newport.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  October 01, 2014



A new restaurant, an old master
In the Rhode Island tradition of giving directions like “it’s where the coffee milk factory used to be,” Simone’s is located where Not Your Average Bar & Grille and the ice cream shop Supreme Dairy used to be.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2014


Dante's Kitchen

Put some South in your mouth
Southern cookery is unfairly denigrated, commonly, merely out of snooty Yankee disdain.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 03, 2014



Just the basics, thank you
Sometimes in this world of culinary over-achievement, of luaus and foie gras and molecular gastronomy, sometimes we simply want to chomp into a nice, juicy hamburger or hot dog.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 20, 2014


TwoTenOyster Bar & Grill

A raw bar with a view
One of the appealing features of living in a place called the Ocean State is that there are plenty of water-view restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 23, 2014


Bee's Thai Cuisine

Too many tasty choices for one visit
On the radar of Providence foodies, the ding of Bee’s Thai Cuisine has grown increasingly louder and brighter.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2014


Review: Toro Restaurant

And the crowd shouts "Ole!"
I don’t know about you, but $5 appetizers all day Thursdays — not just at appie hour — can make me a regular.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2014


Review: The Rathskeller

A welcome resurrection in Charlestown
One of the great things about an unpretentious place like Rhode Island is that every once in a while you come across an inexpensive restaurant — maybe even a pub — that serves fine food without all the fine dining folderol.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 21, 2014


Review: Jade Cricket

Way above the usual Chinese cuisine
There are two seemingly contradictory facts about Chinese cuisine and this country. One, everybody likes it. And two, so many Chinese restaurants are mediocre.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 07, 2014


Review: Chomp Kitchen and Drinks

Burger and sandwich supremacy in Warren
Chomp Kitchen and Drinks may be off the beaten path, but the rapidly developing legion of fans are just about beating down the door to get in and experience the fresh and inventive offerings.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 30, 2014


Review: Los Andes

A bounty of Bolivian and Peruvian delights
There is a certain seraphic smile that spreads onto the face of someone approaching a favorite restaurant that he hasn’t indulged in for a long while.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2014


Review: Rick's Roadhouse

You know where their heart is
Ah, the sweet, tooth-tingling charms of barbecue.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2014


Boneheads Wing Bar

An Arctic blast
Destination dining in. . . downtown West Warwick?
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 19, 2014


Review: Rasa

Essential Indian cuisine
As if lovers of Indian food weren’t doing well enough around here with such places as Kabob and Curry on Thayer Street and Rasoi in Pawtucket, owner Sanjiv Dhar has opened another restaurant, Rasa, in East Greenwich.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 19, 2014


Review: Figidini Wood Fire Eatery

Peerless pizza, and much more
Wood-fire grilling has become so popular in recent years that we can expect it soon in Chinese restaurants.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 22, 2014


Review: ChopHouse Grille

Get there before the lines form
Vegans and vegetarians, step aside for a moment. The hunters are returning in greater numbers, gently pushing aside the gatherers.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2013

Review: West Side Diner

Doing diner dining proud
The West Side Diner is worth checking out for its gleaming Art Deco ambience even if you’re not hungry.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 26, 2013


Review: Viva Mexico! Cantina & Grill

Head Downcity for south of the border goodness
Viva Mexico! indeed. Both the salutation and the “Cantina & Grill” of that name, however self-congratulatory the exclamation point.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2013


Review: Nami

 Diverse delights, from sushi to steaks
Nami means wave, as the design of the graceful logo of the latest Japanese restaurant in Providence indicates.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2013


Review: KitchenBar

What. no filet flambe?
Bars are where many restaurants make most of their money, so a lot of places would rather impress you with their cosmopolitans than their cacciatores.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2013
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