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Where to eat in Narragansett, RI?

There is a farmers' market not too far from Narragansett with a vendor that sells fish.

Coastal Growers Summer Market is at the Casey Farm on Route 1A, Saturday mornings. There you can buy fish from Local Catch, owned by a Rhode Island fisherman and his wife.. I have had the traditional haddock, Atlantic cod, halibut, sword fish (in season), scallops as well as dabs, red fish, and their own smoked tuna. Just to mention a few. The fish is exceptionally fresh and locally caught and processed. It is far surpasses much of what you would find at at a fish market or grocery market. So delicious!

Local Catch doesn't have retail outlets but are vendors at several summer farmers' markets and at the Winter Market at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.

http://thelocalcatch.com

http://www.coastalmarket.org

Anthony's Old World Deli Wednesday Night Pasta Dinners, Warwick

I like the sandwiches at Anthony's Old World Deli in Warwick and I had been meaning to try Wednesday Night Pasta Dinners there. Finally did.

On Wednesdays only, the deli is open for dinner. BYOB. The space is small, comfortable, and friendly. The menu typical red-sauce Italian.

We chose a veal parmagiana/penne plate and The "Godfather", meatball, sausage, eggplant parmagiana, stuffed shells.

The fare is hearty and tasty, not Chowish but just fine for a casual night out.

https://www.facebook.com/AnthonysOldW...

Knife Skills Demo/Class in Providence

Tartinet, thanks for sharing your experience at Stock.

What a fun way to learn about knives and their uses especially on Hope Street where there are so many restaurants to have a bite at after a demonstration.

I checked out the Stock website but didn't see dates for future demos.

http://www.stockpvd.com

I also checked out Urban Greens website. There was no listing there either but I enjoyed learning more about Urban Greens. I had heard about Urban Greens at a farmers' market last year and forgot all about it. Good to be reminded of their fascinating project: opening a co-op run grocery store in Providence.

http://urbangreens.com

Iced coffee on Nitro?

The Shop, a coffee cafe in Providence, is not exactly local but it does serve cold brewed Stumptown iced coffee served on nitro tap.

Located in the Fox Point neighborhood, at the top of Wickenden Street, The Shop offers excellent coffee and a nice selection of sweet and savory items in a comfortable and cozy setting.

It is a recent and welcomed addition to Providence's terrific and ever-expanding coffee scene.

A video in the News section of its website shows a nitro iced coffee in the making.

http://www.theshopfoxpoint.com

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

Thanks digga.

I have season tickets to the GAMM Theater in Pawtucket and like to enjoy a drink and an appetizer after a performance. Finding a bar/cocktail lounge in the Providence area that stays open after 11 pm and that serves drinks and bar food has been a challenge. Those that close around 11 pm are wont to stop serving earlier if there is no business. We hate just getting settled and then notice the room shutting down around us. We need a place that is open to at least midnight.

A few years ago there weren't many places in Providence with late hours but recently more have begun popping up. It has been fun searching out those with late hours, bar food and a bit of ambience.

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

The KItchenBar, 771 Hope Street, East Side.

We needed to stay on the East Side area after the theater and took a chance on the KitchenBar on Hope Street merely because the bar was opened late. Good choice.

It is an inviting spot: nicely dim and with acoustics and music that allow for easy conversation. We sat on the bar side of the restaurant at one of the high tops extending along one wall in front of a window. Very comfy.

My DC ordered an untraditional Irish Coffee, a specialty of the bartender. Made with Bailey's Irish Cream it is prepared like a latte; frothy, light, hot, and delicious. I enjoyed the Honey I'm Home cocktail, a nice balance of citrus and spice.

For small bites we shared two appetizers: spanakopita and calamari. The five appetizer-sized spinach-filled phyllo were nicely seasoned but nothing exceptional. The calamari, however, were one of the best I have had: exceptionally fresh, plump, lightly battered, lightly fired and served with lemon caper aioli on the side. The appetizers were brought to table by the owner, Sammy, who stopped to chat about his penchant for fresh ingredients and his Greek heritage. I now understood the Kalamata olives in the calamari. Nice touch.

Though the food at the KitchenBar isn't "chowish" it is well-prepared and tasty. I would be happy to go back for lunch and/or dinner: alone, with friends, or even young children. It's that kind of a place.

http://www.kitchenbarri.com/menu.html

Tomato Plants - Rhode Island

Thank you.

Got it!

Does anyone know if plants at Job Lot are from local farms/nurseries?

Tomato Plants - Rhode Island

Thank you. I had forgotten about URI/South Kingston Farmers' Market.
I have gotten nice produce there in the past though not tomato plants.
Plus, Earth Essence Herbals is there.

Tomato Plants - Rhode Island

Time to plant some tomatoes.

Any suggestions where to buy tomato plants? I live on the West Bay but am wiling to travel.

I only get a few plants each year, usually some sweet 100s and regular size tomatoes.

I think I asked this same question last year but I can't find the thread.

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

Pastiche is a truly wonderful European-style dessert bakery/cafe in Providence less than an hour's ride from Boston down Route 95S.

A marvelous blend of Viennese konditorei and Parisienne patisserie, this delightful European-style cafe offers a wide assortment of fine desserts, tarts, cakes, cookies, bars, all made with the freshest of ingredients. It is strictly desserts, no breads.

Over the years, I have been slowly working my way through its amazing array of sweets. I am particularly fond of the coconut cake, the fresh lime mousse tart, and most of all the fresh fruit tart. When not in the mood for a rich dessert, Russian tea cakes and cookies are equally delicious. Tea and New Harvest coffee round out the experience

Whole cakes (6", 8", 10"), tarts (8", 11"), etc. are available for take-out. My favorite birthday cake is a fresh fruit tart from Pastiche, reminiscent of the lovely fruit tarts at Maison Villatte in Falmouth.

Prices are on the high side but the quality, fresh ingredients, and cafe ambience make it all worthwhile.

Pastiche is located on a side street on Federal Hill, Providence's Italian neighborhood. It is fun to walk-off the calories with a stroll around the area with its Italian grocery stores, Venda pasta, art shops, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. In the summer there is live music at the fountain in DePasquale Square, steps away from Pastiche.

http://pastichefinedesserts.com

PVD/RI * May '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

OOliver

Thanks for the information about your corner of Rhode Island. I have driven to, through, and around that area but have only stopped at Wright's Dairy Farm and that was to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I tend to focus on metropolitan Providence, East Bay, Newport, and places south along the bay.

A destination-worthy venue in your area might entice me to wend my way northwest out of the city. Any suggestions?

PVD/RI * January '15 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

In the Now Eating RI: 3/15 there were glowing recommendations for Sushi Yama.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007...

Anyone with information?

Japanese Bento Boxes

Last Sunday my favorite 11 year-old and I viewed the bento box exhibit at the Boston Architectural College on Newbury Street, a colorful display of boxes ranging from lacquered elegant to Lego fun. (Thank you, Croutonweb)

We walked over to Samurai Boston on Boylston Street for a bento box lunch only to find bento boxes aren't available on Sundays. We were happy to discover Ikura Sushi Bar just around the corner on Newbury with bento boxes on the lunch menu. It was a disappointing experience, however, as the fish and vegetables were past their peak of freshness and the salad consisted mainly of the hard white ends of iceberg lettuce drizzled with a Russian-like dressing. We both agreed that our bento box lunch at Haruki in Cranston, Rhode Island far surpassed the one at Ikura.

Nonetheless, it was a delightfully warm April day in the Back Bay, perfect for strolling up, down and around Newbury Street, Boylston Street, and Copley Square.

I loved the idea of pairing a museum exhibit with a meal.

Lunch on a Monday in Bristol, RI

I second the Beehive Cafe.

Great selection of well-made soups, sandwiches, and salads for lunch. Their homemade baked goods are delicious. Wonderful coffee.

It is a cute little place with several indoor/outdoor seating options. There is a lovely view of Bristol Harbor from the upper level.

http://www.thebeehivecafe.com/index.html

Rehearsal dinner/ Providence - Bristol - Warwick

The Waterman Grille may be worth checking out.

The New American cuisine menu features an array of well-prepared appetizers, small plates, and main courses.

It is a pretty venue situated directly on the banks of the Seekonk River.

Depending on the season, it is possible to enjoy a meal on the outside deck.

Again, depending on the season, you might see the Brown University crew team practicing on the river.

http://www.watermangrille.com/main.htm

Iron Works Tavern - Warwick, RI

OOliver

Thanks for sharing your positive experience at Iron Works Tavern in Warwick.
I drive by it often but have never ventured in. I'll put it on my list.

Now Eating RI: April 2015

Only one new eating venture so far in April supplemented by visits to some of my regular take-outs.

Fat Belly's at Warwick Mall tops my list for the best fish and chips in Rhode Island Large, wonderfully fresh haddock fillet, nicely battered.
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For Italian Take Out it is Pasta Patch, Old Forge Road, Warwick. Fresh fettucine; eggplant lasagna, fresh pasta lasagna, chicken pot pie, pizzas made with Buono dough. The very freshest of ingredients. Oven ready, though I stash some in the freezer.

And to satisfy my sweet tooth, LeFavorite Bakery. Governor Francis Plaza, Warwick. A few favorites are chocolate chip cream cheese squares, raspberry-filled shortbread cookies, zeppoles (fortunately they make a mini in addition to the full size), small fruit pies, corn muffins AND terrific glazed doughnuts smeared with a truly luscious chocolate frosting. Though I love to bake I occasionally buy a Boston Cream Pie for a special event. (They call it a cake, which it is, but I call it a pie as it was so-named when it was created at the Parker House in Boston in the late 1800s). Le Favorite is one of the few bakeries I have found where the products taste very close to homemade.

Japanese Bento Boxes

I am taking an 11 year-old to the bento box exhibit at the Boston Architectural College at 320 Newbury this Sunday, April 12.

I would like to have a bento box lunch afterwards. Are they any Asian restaurants between the college and the Back Bay T Station?

Now Eating RI: 3/15

Ursalita, thanks for suggesting Sushi Yama.

RhodyRedHen, I thoroughly enjoyed your review of Sushi Yama.

Seems this is the place to enjoy the best sushi in Rhode Island.

My favorite 11 year old will be visiting soon. I plan on taking her to Wasabi on Bald Hill Road in Warwick, not for fine Japanese cuisine but for the private curtained booths which are bound to impress. After that, Sushi Yama will be next on our list.

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Winedude,

You don't have long to wait.

According to Hillards' website, their homemade ice cream is available in its North Easton store from the Friday after Easter until the end of October.

I enjoy having a sundae in their comfy "old fashioned ice cream parlor" . When I have less time to linger, I'll settle for a cone.

Can't wait for the new season to begin.

Ice cream used to be available as take-out only in their now-closed Canton store. Nor sure if it is available in the new Mansfield location.

Ogunguit / Perkins Cove / Gloucester

This board, Southern New England, doesn't cover northern Massachusetts or Maine.

You might have better luck with the Boston and Northern New England boards.

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Allstonian

Thanks for catching my slip-up.

Without the website those not familiar with Ron's (Hyde Park location) wouldn't know of its unusual set up with the ice cream counter on one side and bowling lanes on the other. I have been to parties there. What a great combination: bowling and ice cream cake.

Best ice cream in Boston is..

Here are some not great but really good ice cream venues in the South End and south of downtown Boston:

Picco, South End. I enjoyed the malted vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips
http://www.piccorestaurant.com

Ron's Hyde Park with a seasonal location in Dedham: coffee, chocolate chip, as well as ice cream cakes.
http://www.piccorestaurant.com

Hillarrds, North Easton. Ice cream is available the Friday after Easter though October, My favorite is coconut almond delight. Along with a vast array of chocolate candies they make their own chocolate jimmies. (The Canton site has been closed and replaced with a location in Mansfield.

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http://www.hilliardscandy.com

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

It was time again to find a place for drinks after a theater performance. My DC and I like to try new venues and our first choice was the bar at Garde de la Mer in the G Building on Dorrance Street. They couldn't guarantee the bar would be open past 11:00 pm, despite the lure of "extended bar hours", so we narrowed our choices to The Grange on Broadway and Ogie's Trailer Park on Westminster both of which have late hours.

The Grange being the closer of the two was our first stop. In other lives it was the Leon's on the West Side and Turtle Soup. Being a corner lot, the space is framed by windows onto Broadway and Dean Street adding light to the mellow interior with its dark wood furnishings. We decided to stay.

We sat at the comfortable bar framed by colorful over-hanging glass bottle lighting. My DC chose the Grange's version of the rum-based Dark and Stormy with its own house-made ginger beer and some essence of vanilla A complex delicious Dark and Stormy.

I decided on Dealer's Choice giving the friendly and knowledgeable bartender latitude to rift on its house-made ginger beer. What a rift: Barr Hill gin,
ginger beer, freshly squeezed lemon juice, house bitters, Meletti amaro (a blend of aromatic herbs), Peychaud's bitters, and a garnish of lemon peel. Pungent, minimally sweet.

Though we tend to try new places, I can see us returning to the Grange should we run out of options.

Cocktails/Lunch after Event at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

Update

After the Crafts Boston show at Cyclorama, my DC and I decided Myers and Chang would be our destination. Unfortunately only dim sum brunch is available on Saturday afternoon. Retracing our steps we decided to try The Beehive. Because we didn't have reservations we were relegated to the downstairs bar where the Saturday afternoon entertainment was an electric bass guitarist. The vibrations hit us at the top of the stairs and immediately we knew conversation would be all but impossible.

We ventured further along Tremont Street. Aquitane and Metropolis had waiting lists. Stephi's on Tremont didn't fit the bill. We ultimately snagged a table in the conservatory room at Kitchen, with a pleasant view of its snow-covered patio. We both ordered off the brunch menu. My DC enjoyed the scrambled eggs accompanied by french fries and two delectable slices of brioche toast. Knowing we would be having sweets later on, I opted for a classic Greek salad, with very fresh greens and moist chicken breast. Kitchen was a good choice.

We wandered for a bit along Tremont Street before stopping at Picco for ice cream sundaes. My DC had traditional vanilla ice cream while I opted for Malt Chip, a delicious malt infused vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips. The creamy ice cream was topped with rich Schraffen Burger chocolate sauce and whipped cream. What a way to end a stroll in the South End.

On leaving PIcco we passed Barcelona and stopped in for a peak. The beautifully appointed bar and dining area and the make-your-own Bloody Marys feature of the Saturday brunch are enticements for a future Saturday in the South End.

Table, Barrington RI

RhodeyRedHen, after reading your glowing review of Table Bistor in Barrington last year I put it on my list. This week I stopped by for lunch and it was every bit as good as you described

I love the small and intimate space with its cream-trimmed soft brown walls.

The tables and wall moldings are fashioned from wooden silos salvaged in Vermont. I was fascinated with the story of this beautifully hewn wood.

I had the cornmeal-encrusted fish sandwich, the best ever. The fresh and flaky cod was served on potato bread from Foremost Bakery and topped with greens and slivers of pickled onions, and a savory tartar sauce.. Mmmm. It was served with a basket of perfectly cooked french fries. The sandwich was quite large and I had to pace myself to finish it leaving no room for dessert. Next time I may try just their sweets with a cup of tea.

Table Bistro is a terrific addition to the burgeoning number of new restaurants springing up on the East Bay.

http://www.tableri.com

Table provided an opportunity to try the potato bread from Foremost Baking Company. It made a great fish sandwich. Foremost produces some of the best bread products in New England. I particularly like their croissant pretzels, a softer take on the traditional Barvarian pretzel. I had my first Foremost pretzel at the jazzy Providence cocktail lounge, The Eddy, and was immediately hooked. The pretzels are also served at the Faust Hofbrauhaus in the Dean Hotel on Fountain Street in Providence. Other venues for Foremost products are listed in the link below.

The bakery is basically wholesale but pre-order products can be picked up at the Winter Farmers' in Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. Info in the link below.

Foremost Baking Company
http://www.farmfresh.org/food/member....

Japanese Bento Boxes

Croutonweb, Thank you so much for the information about the Bento box exhibit and the link.

What great timing to have an exhibit of Bento boxes in Boston this spring.

I have put it on my calendar.

Cocktails/Lunch after Event at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

Thank you all for the abundance of suggestions and comments.

Until I read your replies, I wasn't aware that so many South End restaurants don't serve lunch on Saturday. Many close after brunch at 3 pm and open at 5 pm for dinner. That presents a bit of a dilemma as our main focus will be on the craft show and I don't want to cut short that experience.

I have checked out all the restaurants you mentioned and am delighted that several will work: open all afternoon, offer cocktails, are relatively quiet, and have menus amenable to my not-too-adventurous DC. Whew!

Cocktails/Lunch after Event at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.

On Saturday, March 21, I will be attending The Society of Arts and Crafts' Craft Boston Spring Show.

It is being held at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont Street in the South End.

Will be looking for a spot in the area to have cocktails and a bite to eat, more on the order of lunch than dinner.

Would like a venue that is lively yet quiet enough to hold a conversation.

My DC enjoys well-prepared fare but isn't overly adventurous.

Now Eating RI: 3/15

Wormwood

Thanks for such a detailed response. I had no idea there were so many venues for sushi in the state.

I seem to be a bit behind in experiencing the various Asians cuisines available here in Rhode Island.

Now that I have tried Japanese sushi I am thinking of Korean. In another post you gave DenDen a nice review and RhodyRedHen mentioned it as one of her favorites. I am putting it on my list..