The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
Food + Drink
< >
Editors' Pick
Best Calamari With An Asian Accent

Up River Café

You want to tread carefully when you change a calamari recipe in Rhode Island. The unofficially official state appetizer is regarded with a reverence that residents usually reserve for their mama's ethnic home cooking. So any restaurant that messes with it can be considered unpatriotic, with the dark consequences that implies. The UP RIVER CAFÉ has taken a deep breath and given it a shot. The deep-fried squid rings are still tender and lightly battered, accompanied by golden banana pepper rings, an acceptable variation on the equally common pepperoncini. But the crunch is complemented by fried cellophane noodles, which remain unwilted after being tossed with a Thai sweet chili sauce. And oh that gently torturous wasabi aioli, you bad boy. New England Puritans might have permitted Italian fried calamari, but they would have burned this version at the stake. | 37 Main Street, Westerly | 401.348.9700 |

< >
4 of 91
| More

Best Use Of Washable Cotton
Editors' Pick
Firehouse 13
Best Place To Catch Tomorrow’s Bands Today
Editors' Pick
Looking for a particular winner? They're all here...

View the 2010 Winners List

Click here to view all of the categories in 2010...

View the Article List

  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2016 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group