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Ideas for dinner in East Greenwich, RI?

La Masseria. Had one of our better dinners inthe past few years there.

Jun 21, 2011
Chainsaw in Southern New England

Roberto's or Persimmon for dinner in Bristol?

Maybe that's what happened to my wife & I. After hearing so much about Persimmon, we went (unknowingly) during Restaurant Week and were thoroughly unimpressed. Not BAD food, just expensive, unremarkable food. We might give it another try, but it will be a long time. Restaurants should be trying to impress during RW, not pass off mediocre fare.

Next time we're in Bristol, it'll probably be the Beehive.

Jun 21, 2011
Chainsaw in Southern New England

Providence Meat & Wine

I was fooled initially when the Butcher Shop came up in my Google search, but figured it out pretty quickly. I DO like beers as well (although I briefly got out of the habit when I lived in Northern California), so will check out Spiritus, as well as Eno. I think Yankee Spirits is on the way to/from my parents' home, so will drop by there as well - might be good for the occasional re-stocking trip.

And thanks for the pointer to Armando's - it was mentioned in some earlier threads, so I'll check it & Michael's out in the same trip. I've never been to a Latino meat market (although there were supposed to be some good ones in Chicago), so will have to educate myself.

Thanks.

Providence Meat & Wine

I'm a new arrival in the Providence area and I wanted to get some up to date recommendations (the existing threads that I can find are a little old). While I am not a food snob, I did get spoiled by my last 3 years in Chicago, with an excellent butcher down the street (Gepperth's), that had great selections of meat, sausage/wieners, home-made bacon, etc and two great, huge wine & liquor stores nearby (Sam's & Binny's), with great selections of great wines, from inexpensive up to break-the-bank for a special bottle.

I am currently living in Barrington and am having a hard time thus far finding such places in the Providence area. I have not yet tried Michael's in Pawtucket, but the other meat markets I have visited seem no better than the supermarkets. I have tried some of the previously recommended wine stores from the East Side & east of there and have found the selection limiting, the help mostly young folks without reliable opinion & a little pricey. I have tried the Campus Wine store in Providence and that seems to be an exception - good staff and a selection limited mostly by their square footage. I have tried 1776, Gasbarro's & McGreens and find them lacking in one way or another.

Since the state of Rhode Island only has about 1/3 the population of Chicago, I know that the situation is different, but I know there must be some real gems out there that I have not yet heard of or tried yet.

I appreciate all and any recommendations and apologize if I DO sound like a snob ( I think I’m too cheap to be one).

Thanks.