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Jan 15, 2014
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Last minute dinner on Thanksgiving-Newport RI

I can't comment on the ProJo listings for Newport but you might enjoy the Shelter Harbor Inn in Westerly.


Nov 22, 2013
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Views on Root

Hi Atomic Guy
Just returned from a fabulous trip to NO and have to say that Root was a bizarre and frustrating experience which I'm still trying to understand. I'll post more about it later, but definitely, "more style than substance". There are far too many great restaurants in NO to waste a night here. If you want a restaurant in the Warehouse district, please try August.
Have a blast (as did we!).

Aug 12, 2013
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Best Food Near Watch Hill RI?

I second Alica's Stonington suggestion. The Ocean House had a water taxi/ferry from Watch Hill to Stonington Borough last season, but I'm not sure if they're running it this summer. It's an easy drive if they're not. In addition to Water Street and Noah's, we enjoy Dog Watch at Dobson's boat yard and, on Sunday afternoon, Skipper's Dock for the Charlie Holland band. They're a lot of fun. Be sure to check out downtown Westerly. I'm not of big fan of Longo's. I would recommend having a drink and a small plate at a few of the other places, particularly Malted Barley and Twisted Vine.
I also second Mr.Dibs Matunuck Oyster Bar suggestion - best seafood in RI. Be sure to go on an off hour unless you're willing to wait.

Jun 28, 2013
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Good eats near Weekapaug with kids

Close to Weekapaug I would suggest the Haversham Tavern. It's casual and family friendly, but will be packed if there's a Bruins game. There's also the Sea Goose in the Spindrift Plaza on Rte. 1. It recently opened and I haven't tried it yet, but have heard good things. Owned by the same couple, is the Cooked Goose on Watch Hill Road which serves a nice breakfast and lunch. Walk to the Weekapaug Innlet for coffee, ice cream, candy, etc. Venice on Rte 1A has $1 oysters every day from 4-6 and a spectacular view from the 3rd floor.

Jun 21, 2013
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ISO: Port Judith Lunch & Westerly Breakfast with small children

Hi Sarahbeth.
Not sure where you'll be in Westerly so I don't know what would be convenient. We like Oak St. B&B for breakfast. If you need something on Rte. 1, there's Bagels n More in Mill Pond Plaza.

Jun 21, 2013
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Vineyard in late winter (repost from Greater Boston board)

We often visit off-season. During our last visit in December, we had a lovely meal and cocktails at the Park Corner Bistro. We also enjoyed a couple of pints at the Offshore Ale House. A surprise treat was the Martha's Vineyard Chowder Co. where we enjoyed oysters and bloody marys.

Mar 04, 2013
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Hot Action in Westerly

We visited the Brazen Hen's sister property, the Black Sheep in Niantic, over the weekend. The bartender indicated that they were planning on opening sometime in April. Hopefully, there will be enough business to go around.

Feb 18, 2013
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Twisted Vine, Westerly, RI

DC and I had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner at the Twisted Vine last night. The wines focused on southern Rhone and were provided by the Wine Store (aka Warehouse Liquors). Unfortunately, I neglected to take a copy of the list of wines served. Suffice to say, they were delicious and very well-paired with each course. Mike did an excellent job introducing each wine with its course. Highlights of the meal included a wild mushroom purse with a balsamic cream sauce, lamb chops with a scalloped-type potato side and a poached pear with a chocolate goat cheese filling.
Patty, the owner, was a warm and gracious hostess who really made everyone feel welcome. The big take away of the evening was, Twisted Vine also serves food. I would add to that and say the Twisted Vine serves terrific food in a warm and welcoming environment.
We look forward to returning and hope there will be more of these special events.

Jan 24, 2013
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Martha's Vineyard this weekend


My friend and I are heading to MV this weekend for the Christmas stroll in Edgartown. We will be joined by another couple on Sat.
We would like to keep things casual and yet still enjoy some great food and drinks during our visit. We will definitely be stopping at Offshore Ale for some oysters and beer. Aside from that, we are open to recommendations. Considering the upstairs bar at Alchemy (if it's open) and/or downstairs at Atria in Edgartown, and Park Corner Bistro, Red Cat Kitchen or the Side Car in OB. We'd also like to hear some live music, if possible. We would prefer not to be tied to a reservation, but will make one if required. Would love to try State Road, but not sure about taking a cab ride there when there's so much going on in Edgartown and OB.
Can anyone comment on these options or suggest another? We're definitely not looking for anything too stiff.

Thanks in advance,

Dec 04, 2012
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Need (ok, want) Info on new and newish restaurants in Westerly area

Agree with Lauramatt about Oak St. Burgers are great, especially the one with fried egg. Delicious sangria! The service is excellent and quick, in our experience. Space is clean and bright.
We've had drinks and apps at Longo's twice. Both times were at the bar and good experiences. Nice drink list and good service. Had the eggplant app. the first time and the meatball salad the second. Both were excellent. Space is nice, but small.
Dylan's always seems dirty as does Bridge. It's a shame about Bridge, but every time we've tried it the food has been just okay and the service has been fair to truly insulting.
We try to keep Mermaid Cafe in our rotation because we want them to succeed. We tend to go to Cooked Goose for breakfast, though.
Stopped in Twisted Vine last night. They were very busy so we decided not to stay. The room is big and lovely and they had a pianist playing. We'll try it another time when they aren't so slammed.
We like the Haversham Tavern. Food is consistently good, staff is well trained and attentive, which goes a long way with us. Nothing fancy, but always satisfying and easy.
It's great to have so many choices just in Westerly alone.
Heard yesterday that 84 High is moving to the space formerly occupied by Senor Flacos. They continue to do a consistently good job.

Oct 13, 2012
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New restaurant at Bruna's (Westerly) opening this weekend

Had a drink and appetizer there this weekend...very promising. Service, drinks and food were all excellent. Chalkboard menu was mostly traditional Italian and reasonably priced. We had an eggplant, mozzarella and arugula appetizer that was perfectly cooked and seasoned. They're in the soft opening phase trying to work out any kinks before the official opening in September. According to the bartender, the owner and his mother were doing the cooking.

Aug 27, 2012
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We enjoy Shelter Harbor Inn, but I wouldn't call it casual or fun. Skipper's is great for a drink, but I couldn't recommend it for a meal. Maria's Seaside Cafe on Atlantic Ave. is very good. We much prefer the bar to the dining room. Depending where you are staying, you may be able to walk there. They also have $1 oysters and cherry stones during the week from 4-6.
There are lots of good restaurants in and around Westerly, but this is probably the closest to the beach area.

Aug 20, 2012
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Brew pubs within one hour drive of Providence

If in the Westerly, RI area on a Saturday, you could go to Grey Sail brewery, Cottrell brewery in Pawcatuck just over the state line (they have growlers) and then head to the Malted Barley for a great selection of beers on draft.

Jun 25, 2012
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Matunuck Oyster Bar review (RI)

Shocked you only waited 45 minutes! In my view, it's the best seafood restaurant in RI. Always nice to see the owner working as hard as the rest of the staff. We can't wait to go back, but probably not until after Labor day.

Jun 25, 2012
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Trattoria San Vivaldo

Thanks for posting Elle. Wish more hounders would help keep this place in business. It really is like eating at your Nonnie's house.

Jun 25, 2012
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May 15,16,17 in Mystic, CT

Hi Toni,
In Mystic I would certainly recommend Mystic Oyster Club. They have a great happy hour from 4-6 with reduced price beers and $1 Noank oysters. The menu is limited and a little pricey, but very good. Staff is great.
There is a Spring Food Stroll in downtown New London on the 16th that might be worth checking out if the weather is good and you have the time. You also could take a ride over to Stonington Borough which is lovely. I would recommend Dog Watch, Water Street Cafe and/or Noah's. For the landlocked, you might want to have a beer at Skipper's Dock just because you won't find anything like it in St. Louis.
As for local beer, try Cottrell and Grey Sail.

May 09, 2012
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Mystic/New London graduation dinner recommendations?

How many are in your party? While I love the Oyster Club, it's a little pricey and I wouldn't recommend it for a large party. Although my experience is limited, Tony D's has great service, good but not great food, and is well equipped to handle large parties on what will inevitably be a busy time for area restaurants. It's also very convenient to Conn College.
Congratulations on no more tuition bills!

May 01, 2012
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Downtown Providence and Federal Hill area

Will you have a car? It matters.

Apr 22, 2012
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Waterman Grill, Providence?

We've stopped at the Waterman a few times when passing through Providence and have always enjoyed it. Good food, very good service and a lovely diningroom. We would definitely go back, but would not necessarily drive to Providence just to go there.

Feb 28, 2012
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The Haversham Tavern, Westerly, RI

After several failed efforts at the site of the former Mary's, it appears that the current owners have finally gotten it right. Unable to catch a seat at the bar for a quick drink and bite last Saturday night, we tried it again this Friday and were quite pleased.
We had a light dinner in the bar area while enjoying excellent live music. Chowder, fritters and a Cobb salad were all solid with a good selection of draft beer. Prices were very reasonable. While the food wasn't "blow your socks off", it was quite good and the service, which seemed to always be lacking in previous incarnations of this location, was great. Management was completely on top of things in a very busy house.
We will certainly be returning and are delighted see this establishment finally getting it right. We'll keep our fingers crossed that they continue in their success.

Feb 19, 2012
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Trattoria San Vivaldo

After reading and hearing about this place for literally years, I finally had the pleasure of dining here Friday evening. Chef Alfie and George were welcoming and accommodating hosts. As we expected, no menus or wine list were offered. Chef simply told us what was available that evening.

Dining here was like eating at your Nonnie's house. We each had an antipasto plate that included a stuffed pepper, fritatta, bruschetta and lightly dressed mixed greens. Entrees included chicken braised with cabbage, currants and raisins, a variation of beef stroganoff, veal and peas and pasta puttanesca. Everything was delicious. With dessert, espressos, lots of wine and a good tip, total was about $60 per person, very reasonable.

With all the great reviews, we were surprised the place wasn't busier. Chef said the poor economy had taken a toll on the business. I hope those of you who've enjoyed this place in the past will pay it another visit and those of you who haven't tried it will give it a shot.

Feb 13, 2012
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Outdoor Venue Help! :)

Stage Fort Park in Gloucester?

Jun 24, 2011
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One Great Dinner in Prov. this Sunday?

Hi Chef:

Choices are limited on a Sunday. Alas, no Chez Pascal. The last couple of times we've been in Providence on a Sunday we went to Loie Fuller's and had very enjoyable, if not great, meals.
Happy 60th!

Chez Pascal Restaurant
960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

Jun 17, 2011
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NYC to BOS Roadtrip TOP TEN

Skip Aunt Carries. Drive 10 minutes south on Rte. 1 to Matunuck Oyster Farm. Far superior in every way.

Aunt Carrie's Restaurant
1240 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882

Apr 14, 2011
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Rick Lewis, RIP

Oh, how he'll be missed. I was just talking about the MWS yesterday with my mil who remembered pushing my daughter (now 15) in a stroller while the rest of us tasted and shopped. Rick turned us on to so many lesser known wines and regions over the years. Saturday afternoon outings (also from sw RI) to MWS and RJ Julia bookstore were always a treat.

Mar 30, 2011
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Marthas Vineyard in mid May

You may want to check out the Offshore Ale House in OB - good beer, friendly staff, decent food. Also, consider using the public transit system. Buses run frequently and you can purchase a pass for $7/day that allows you unlimited rides.
Have fun.

Mar 24, 2011
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Martha's Vineyard this weekend

Heading to MV this weekend and looking for a nice restaurant for Friday night. I'm assuming that all the nicer restaurants will be very crowded on Saturday night for Valentine's Day celebrations. We're staying in Vineyard Haven and are leaning towards Le Grenier where we had a terrific meal on our last visit. Haven't been, however, since they started serving wine. Any thoughts or suggestions are most appreciated.

Feb 09, 2011
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