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Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

Thank you.

I have friends who also like Antonio's; I'll check it out.

about 1 hour ago
shutterbugRI in Southern New England

Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

Seaport is definitely close enough.

A friend also mentioned Sam's.

Blue Dragon is new to me. Will check it out.

about 1 hour ago
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

Thanks for the Parla suggestion. I'll check it out.

The North End has always been a go-to place for all of us.

about 1 hour ago
shutterbugRI in Greater Boston Area

Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

Thanks for reminding me about J. M. Curley.

Marliave's is a special old haunt AND it is open Sunday afternoon.

Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

Thanks for the suggestions. Trade looks like a cool sleek space and is very walkable on a nice day.

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

Thank you for sending along your terrific write-up on Estoril, RhodyRedHen.

The crowds have probably diminished since you were there back in February.

I added it to my list.

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

Thanks Shazz

Thanks for the info about O Dinis and Sagres.

I checked out reviews of Philip's Street Restaurant. The food sounds good but being a hall it seems a bit too casual for this occasion.

Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

I am planning a birthday celebration for a friend on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in October.

We will start with a drink at the Frost Ice Bar in the Faneuil Hall area but since that space is so cold, I would like to find a venue where we could continue the celebration in warmth.

Probably just for drinks and small plates.

Something within walking distance of Faneuil Hall would be great, but not necessary. I prefer to stay in Boston..

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

Since so many restaurants are closed on Tuesday, I am going to change our dinner plans to later in the week..

Lusitano and O Dinis are back in the running.

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

Thank you for the list, jomo9501

I narrowed it down to Lusitano and O Dinis.

Lusitano looks lovely, similar to Sagres, and O Dinis was been recommended.

Unfortunately we will be going on a Tuesday and they are both closed on Tuesdays. As is Estoril.

I'll keep looking

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

An out-of-town friend is coming to visit in a few weeks and wants to try Portuguese food for the first time.

I am looking for a restaurant in Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford areas, a place with good Portuguese food and an atmosphere conducive to conversation

I was thinking of Sagres in Fall River but it has yet to reopen after the fire. I read that reconstruction might be finished by now but I haven't seen any news of a reopening date.

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I had forgotten about the palmiers. When I wanted pastry for a special occasion I would drive into Providence to Les Petits Fours. I never left without a plamier for the ride home. A treat for making the trek into the city.

On a side note, I went to a terrific patisserie-boulangerie in Falmouth this summer, Mason Vilatte. The owner/baker is from France. It is as if he uprooted a bakery in Paris and plunked it down in Falmouth. It has the look and the feel of a French bakery. I stopped in several times for specific items: a Croque Monsier, a croissant filled with French cheese and black forest ham, and an apricot tarte. The croissant and tarte were amazingly delicious. Next time I must remember to try a palmier.

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I first frequented Les Petits Fours, in the mid-70s, for its wonderful Parisian style desserts. As I recall, it was on Hope Street in the block now occupied by Cook and Brown but not in that space. It was a few doors up on the corner of Hope and 8th Street. It then moved further up Hope Street to the space now occupied by Not Just Snacks.

This thead reminds me of the widely different eyewitness recollections of a crime scene.

ISO fresh ricotta

Narragansett Creamery is a small operation that limits its output to several exceptionally fine artisan cheeses including yogurt, feta, and mozzarella. The yogurt is creamy, the feta is less salty than any other I have tried, and the fresh mozzarella has a beautiful texture. Each one is delicious and exceptional in its own way.

They do make a ricotta, Renaissance Ricotta, which I have yet to try. I would guess it is as equally good as the others I am familiar with.

Their products are available at retail markets in Massachusetts including Whole Foods and Roche Brothers and farmers’ markets in the Boston and surrounding areas. Their websites has a list of venues and times.

My experience is at the fabulous Saturday Lippitt Park Farmers’ Market in Providence on the Providence/Pawtucket line just over the state border from South Attleboro. Lippitt Park usually carries a full range of their products.

http://www.richeeses.com

Fresh Mozzarella

Narragansett Creamery is an excellent source of locally produced, freshly made, artisan cheeses.

I agree with quirkydeb that they make a fine fresh mozzarella, not very salty, but creamy and delicious.

In addition to the fresh mozzarella, I am also a devoted fan of their plain creamy yoghurt and feta (again, not very salty.)

Information about Narragansett Creamery, their story, their commitment to local ingredients, their cheeses and a list of retail outlets in Massachusetts (including Whole Foods) is in their website.

http://www.richeeses.com

Macoun apples. Rhode Island

Thanks for the link to Hill's Orchard, pork_chop. Very helpful chart

Can't wait for the first Macoun of 2014!

Local trash fish

Should you venture down Route 95 to Rhode Island a local fish purveyor, The Local Catch, has a booth at the fabulous Hope Street Farmers' Market every Saturday morning during the summer. It moves indoors in the winter.

The wide variety of fish is always very fresh, caught by the owner and other local fishermen in the waters off Rhode Island.

Last winter I had its red fish several times and scup is listed on the Species Guide in the attached link.

I usually buy haddock or cod but am always on the lookout for dabs and John Dory, sweet, white flesh fish. And when in season scallops, oysters, and sword fish. Nice smoked tuna and bluefish too. ;

The Hope Street Farmers' Market is located not far off Route 95 -S on the Providence/Pawtucket line, just a few exits from the Massachusetts state line in Attleboro.

http://thelocalcatch.com

Macoun apples. Rhode Island

Every year I wait for September and the oh-so-short Macoun apple season.

Barden Orchards is the only apple producer at my local farmers' market and as of last Saturday they didn't have them.

Macouns start appearing mid-to late September but I don't want to miss out if the season has started earlier this year.

Cranston, RI: restaurants? Ethnic markets?

I like Local Catch. Not only does it have a nice variety of very fresh fish but the fish is caught by local Rhode Island fishermen. I generally buy haddock or cod but will scoop up the flaky sweet dabs or John Dory when they are available. Depending on the time of year they also have scallops, oysters, and smoked fish.

Local Catch is available at several famers' markets, some both summer and winter.

http://thelocalcatch.com

In a pinch I have found Smitty's on Warwick Avenue on the Warwick/Cranston (Edgewood) line to be a decent source. In addition to fish, he sells shellfish, lobster and prepared items.

Now Eating RI Vol 2: 9/14

Thanks for the newsy update.

Where is Ocean State Pizzeria and Deli located?

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

The Wurst Kitchen, at Chez Pascal on Hope Street in Providence, now sells retail. Hot dogs, six to a package, are $12; and wurst, four to a package, are $10. There were three varieties of sausages to choose from the day I was there. I bought a package of knockwurst. It was a birthday gift so I haven't had a chance to try it.

I did, however, order a hot dog which I enjoyed at one of the high top tables in the tiny charming bar. There are four seats at the bar and two high tops that seat three on each side, all tucked inside Chez Pascal. It is hard to describe how delicious a hot dog can be. My go-to frankfurter is a Saugy but the Wurst Kitchen house made one is beyond caparison, flavorfully spiced and juicy in a perfect hot dog bun. The honey apple mustard turned it into a marvel.

Kristin and Matt Gennuso have come up with a great combination, Chez Pascal for truly fine dining and the Wurst Kitchen for a terrific casual lunch.

Fine Dining in Cape Cod for Foodies

Cape Cod is part of the Southern New England board. You will have better luck with responses there.

PVD/RI * August '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

RhodyRedHen, it was a traditional French restaurant similar to Chez Pascal in its ambiance and menu.

atheorist, La France sounds right. Thank you.

Best Providence/Federal Hill BAKERY

Can you elaborate a bit on what you mean by a traditional bakery? Mention of Modern, Mike's and Federal HIll suggest you are looking for a traditional Italian bakery. If so, some info on why Scialo's disappointed would be helpful.

For me Le Favorite Bakery in the Governor Francis section of Warwick is a very fine traditional bakery with an assortment of pies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, bread, and more. I find its goods taste close to home-made.

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I am trying to recall the name of the restaurant that preceded Chez Pascal on Hope Street. Does anyone remember it?

A tasty food (or drink) gift between Providence and Stonington CT?

Since you will be in the Summit area, RhodeRedHen's suggestion of Seven Stars Bakery is a good one since is located right in the Summit area on Hope Street (as is Olive del Mondo). Delicious coffee, beans or ground, and excellent pastries. I often buy their small loaf of pumpkin nut bread for a hostess gift when it is available. Not sure how much of a selection there will be, however, late on a Sunday afternoon.

http://sevenstarsbakery.com

Clams047's suggestion of Pastiche is a terrific one too.. While Seven Stars focuses on exceptionally good artisan breads, croissants, scones, cookies, etc., Pastiche is more like a French patisserie with decadent cakes, fruit tarts, and the like in the European tradition.

Falmouth, Maison Villatte, French Bakery

Amid the hustle and bustle of summertime Falmouth is Maison Villatte, a French bakery, reminiscent of a Parisian patisserie/boulangerie

From the glass cases to the bread racks to the soft lighting it is is oh, so French.

The epicurean fare ranges from the savory to the sweet and I tried both.

On each of my three days in Falmouth I stopped by the bakery: the first day for lunch, a Croque Monsieur; the second day for breakfast, croissant with ham and a flatten croissant-like dough layered with cheeses and bacon; and to take home on the third, two small tarts, a quiche Lorraine and an apricot custard.

The luscious croissants were ever so light and flaky enhanced by cheese and ham/bacon. The apricot tart's almond crust was so buttery and delicious I could have eaten just that and been happy. The filling, too, was delicious: tangy and custardy

I was so excited to try the Croque Monsieur as I have yet to find any in the Providence area. Though it was tasty, it was a bit of a disappointment. For me the bread was too flat and dense with a too-thin layer of ham and cheese.

However, I enjoyed the offerings at Maison Villatte so much I am thinking it would make a wonderful winter time day trip from Providence. (The P B Boulangerie in South Wellfleet is a bit of a hike for a day trip.)

Fortunately for me the patisserie, Pastiche, is located right here in Providence, with its perfectly executed cakes, tarts, and other delectable sweets.

French bakeries this side of Paris. How much better can it get!

Hourglass Brasserie (Bristol, RI)

I, too, have driven past the Hourglass wondering what it was like.

Thanks for your review and photos. They have been the impetus to add the Hourglass to my list of restaurants to try. Happily that list is growing as several restaurants have opened recently in the Providence area.

Elis' Kitchen, Warren, Rhode Island

I was at Eli's on the early side of lunch when the restaurant wasn't full.
Service was fine.

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Providence has an outdoor rooftop bar: Rooftop at the G.

This terrific new venue is located on the sixth floor of the old Providence Gas building on Dorrance Street. A gigantic G is affixed to the front facade.

The space is quite large. A bar is the centerpiece with large roomy half-moon couches on one side and tables with umbrellas on the other. A stone railing rims the entire space.

We went at 6 p.m. on a Friday night. It was crowded but we got a table within 15 minutes. My proseco was descent. My companion’s Rielsing was fair. Beer and wine are moderately priced. There are no prices for cocktails on the menu but friends have told me they are a tad high for Providence. Food menu ranges from a raw bar to small bites to several entrees. We shared a Margherita pizza made in the outdoor brick oven. I thought it was small for $15.00. and rather unexceptional.

BUT the views were great and were worth a stop at the G.

After we finished our drinks and appetizer we walked the perimeter of the roof and enjoyed looking at the city on three sides and the Route 195 bridge on the fourth. It was fun identifying Providence's various landmarks and we spent as much time talking about the city’s numerous examples of 19th century Federal and Victorian architecture with its detailed moldings, capitols, and windows as we did enjoying our table-side drinks.

When we left around 8 pm there was a long line waiting for the elevator to the roof.

The Rooftop at the G is a lively lovely fun addition to the Providence bar scene.

It is almost like being in New York City …almost..