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First trip to Boston

Thank you for that comprehensive list. Your making me hungry!

Jun 17, 2015
Shazz in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Ikea??

Chicken Kabob Restaurant at 756 Washington St Stoughton. Nothing to look at think cafeteria style but the guy does home style Mediterranean cuisine. Their Kabobs are great so too his daily specials. It is huge portions for a v decent price and their milk pudding and baklavas are great!

Jun 13, 2015
Shazz in Greater Boston Area

Where to pick up picnic lunch between Essex and Gillette Castle

Simon's Marketplace in Chester is great! You can get sandwiches, salads and drinks. Look for their specials board, some very tasty stuff comes out from there. Don't miss out on their homemade pies, nothing to look at but they are delicious. I like their salt bread ( it's like a baguette with course salt rolled on the outside). There's a tiny cupcake place called the Cupcakery literally 4 shops down but it's only ok

Jun 13, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Oysters in Rhode Island

Anthony's does have oysters, but we normally go for the fried stuff and chowdah there (3 versions are available)

May 05, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

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

No Sushi Yama is closed already?! It was a lovely space. I think the fact that they only served dinner didn't help their business.

Apr 29, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Lunch on a Monday in Bristol, RI

Yes, yes Beehive Cafe is the way to go. Get a table outside if the weather is good. The BLT on flaxseed bread or the butternut squash sandwich is a great choice. You can do breakfast till 3ish too. Just down the street is an ice cream shop I think it's called Daily Scoop great choice of favors or if Gray's ice cream kiosk right on the water by Dewolf Tavern is open get their ginger ice cream! Didn't think much of Quitos or Dewolf and Lobster Pot is overpriced.
Another option is Bristol sunset Cafe they make everything in house, I love their corned beef there and they do serve lunch but we haven't tried their lunch menu

Apr 16, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

New Rivers + Providence

Food is blah, nicely written menus and great plating but really ordinary. Worst thing is the lot next to the restaurant is not validated at $10 a pop so not worth it!

Apr 12, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Newport, RI lunch spots needed

Mission is a great place for burgers and hot dogs. Pasta Beach for pizzas and pastas and right on Long wharf ( behind Marriott hotel) is Newport Lobster a Shack, they have a food truck saving lobsters from their co-op, check for hours and coz its on a wharf it is sheltered but can be a lil chilly on windy days

Apr 10, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England


I've bought some from Salumeria Italiana 151 Richmond St but that was during the Christmas/ New Year period. Call them first before you make the trip...

Mar 29, 2015
Shazz in Greater Boston Area

St Paddy Corned Beef....

Can't agree with you more but CB these days are just tough like leather. Have you tried the low n slow method like oven braising for 4 + hours? Also I find the point cut though fattier, which you can cut off later superior in terms of juiciness. Make sure you let the meat rest before you slice also helps!
I read on ATK but I can't remember clearly you either start with hot flavoured broth and then add the meat or was it cold liquid and cold meat...sorry, maybe someone else can recall...

Mar 15, 2015
Shazz in Home Cooking

Now Eating RI: 3/15

Thanks ursalita for the recommendation! New place to try, yay :)

Mar 12, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence Area - Dining with a Munchkin

Chez Pascal has the Wurst Kitchen which is quiet at lunch time, the Grange is also quiet at off peak hours (vegetarian option), North Bakery by the guys from North is quiet but I don't know if they have tables and chairs ( they have a long counter but I didn't see any chairs). Have you tried Denden a Kotean/ Japanese cafe on Benefit street?

Mar 09, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Enoteca Umberto - Providence

So embarrassed but we finally made it here, but omg what have we been missing?! It is a tiny place but it makes up in character, Umberto is a character! The food, is simple but good solid honest cooking!
From their imported mozzarella, which was creamy like a burratta, to their fig and Gorgonzola crostini to their pastas( an arribata) sublime! They have quite an impressive selection of speciality wines and amaro. You can tell this young couple enjoy their food and wine and life and want to share these pleasures with the rest of the world!
Go in for a bite and the weight of the world won't feel so heavy!
Thank you Jenkins for sharing this hidden gem!

Mar 01, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence Liquor Stores

Try Gassparo's wine on Federal Hill or Bin 312 in the Fox Point neighbourhood. Call them first though. I have seen Fernet at the bigger stores like Chris Gasparro's in Seekonk MA

Feb 28, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Brunch at Island Creek-Anyone Been?

We have done lunch there and loved it! Just a smaller menu but we loved what they offered...

Feb 24, 2015
Shazz in Greater Boston Area

One dinner, Providence

Gracie's is a great choice! Enjoy your stay

Feb 23, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Any reports on Red Dory, Tiverton RI?

Pleased to say that we went to Red Dory for dinner last night and meal was pretty good. The restaurant is located with stunning views of the Sakonnet River, I'm sure it will be gorgeous sitting Al fresco in the warmer months looking out on the water. (Couldn't see much as we went there after sunset). Interior is nicely done, clean sleek wood panelling with a cosy wood fuelled fire. Tables are set further apart so it's good for handicap access and also one would not get hit but some lady's pocketbook accidentally swig into ones head!
Sunday night specials are a tapas style menu, which made us in the mood for a small bites meal. Specials we tried were the grilled chicken livers with bacon vinnegrette (delish) and the ham and cheese croquettes.
The ceviche of the night was fluke with bay scallops and for added texture there was pommegranate seeds (Moreish), the skillet roasted head on shrimp with chilli oil and lime were excellent ( we ate them she'll and all as the shells were crunchy).
You must end with a sweet note as I believe the desserts are done in house, the lemon buttermilk pudding was excellent so too the pear and cranberry cobbler w ice cream.
Overall a nice addition to the Tiverton area.

One dinner, Providence

Any particular cuisine you are interested in? Also if it's in the warmer months, I suggest you see the water fire that happens in Downtown Providence. A lot of restaurants are closed on Mondays....

Feb 23, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Middlesex County CT eats...

Just spent a few days here and had some great meals. In Chester, we enjoyed Simons Marketplace for a quick lunch, their hot meals are especially good in this wintery weather, don't forget their homemade pies! Had a nice V Day meal at River Tavern where surprise surprise it was an ala carte menu, yay!
Old Saybrook we tried Som Siam East, v v authentic Thai food. Som tum (green papaya salad) was like what you would get in Bangkok, the Pad see Ew ( stir fried rice noodles) had a great wok flavour and their Laarb ( ground meat salad) had the roasted rice that is sometimes missing in a lot of restaurants. Jamms was a great place for breakfast/ brunch, must get at least a side order of their huge pancakes (called flips). Dagmars desserts is nearby its a German bakery, wasn't too impressed with what we got but if anyone is looking for stollen, I think they have them all year!

Feb 17, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating RI: 1/15

We found The Dorrance a gorgeous setting, food was lovely to look at but no real flavor or textures. Here at Birch especially since their shaky start, Chef Sukle seems to have upped his game on flavor, texture and creativity. I guess when you are the Chf/ owner you can do what you want.
We were not too keen on the shellfish porridge, not that the flavor was not good, it just somehow seemed to be like the menu states, a porridge, something I think too much of an am thing.
We loved the blueberry dessert, especially the surprise find of the homemade pillowy soft marshmallow inside.
Am itching to try Red Dory, Metacomet Kitchen and Mama Kim's shop ( love the food truck but balancing that container of food isn't the easiest thing)

Jan 27, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating RI: 1/15

We must have been dining at the same time RhodyRedHen, we too dined at Birch. I have found that Chef Sukle has matured in his approach to his cooking style. We loved his food, you are right about the Wagyu and his squid "noodles" that came with the Monkfish.
I agree that service is top notch from Hedi's gesture of welcoming each guests to the other two servers who were knowledgeable and warm.
Good eats are abound for those who dine at Birch!

Jan 26, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating RI: 1/15

Sura in Johnston? Not worth it. It's a all you can eat place and the quality is not up to standard. I do hear Red Ginger also in Johnston esp their Pink menu serves authentic Chinese food. For Korean stick to Sun and Moon in East Providence, Teriyaki Korean House or Sura on Westminister St. Providence or Denden

Jan 09, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Enoteca Umberto - Providence

Thanks for the rec! Can't wait to give them a go!

Dec 08, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Simone's (Warren RI) - A pretentious disappointment

I second your review! We went there in early Fall and we're not impressed either.

Nov 24, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Veal brisket in RI or nearby

Try calling Whole Foods or Armando and Sons Meat Market.

Nov 16, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating - Rhode Island, 11/2014

I might be late into the game but I just stumbled upon an Asian desert place on College Hill. Sno Tea Caffe at 110 Waterman.
They serve Snow ice which is like a shaved ice cream that comes out looking like ribbons and the shaving gives the frozen dessert a smooth texture! They have a few flavours on offer and you can add on extras like sweeten red beans, fruit and boba...
They serve bubble tea plus a selection of hot teas. We spied a crepe that looked so good going to a nearby table. It was a filled cone with fruit and ice cream!
The menu has a small selection of savory snacks such as edamame, Gyoza and mini pork buns. They also serve honey toast, think a thick slice of toast (thicker than Texas Toast) hollowed out and filled with fruit/ ice cream!

Providence, Rhode Island - Revisited

Sura (Korean/Japanese cuisine) located on Westminster St has lunch specials under $10.
Aspara (Vietnamese/ Laotian) at Public St is also very reasonable in price.

Sep 30, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

O Dinis is great, make sure you check out the specials which is written just as you enter the restaurant. Had visitors from Australia over and they loved the place!
Someone had mentioned Philips Street Restaurant in East Providence but I have not been there before.
Sagres looks like it will be awhile before they open....

Sep 24, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

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

Simone's in Warren just opened a week ago.
Gorgeous contemporary interior space. I believe it was a former Not tour Average Joe's but they spiffed up the space and spent a ton of dough on the kitchen especially their wood fire oven. Open kitchen concept with seats at the bar where you can spy on the goings on in the kitchen.
A few missteps in the kitchen though, am hoping it's opening jitters. Amuse bouche was a nice touch but we were not told what it was. Bone marrow was raw when it was first served and also priced too high for 3 bones (cut diagonally so the difficulty to consume was high plus the oyster fork was a joke to use) with 2 thin pieces of crostini, but the pickled chanterelle parsley salad was a good foil for the fattyness.
Meatballs were dense and flavourless. Eggplant salad was a joke! Think undercooked melanzane sprinkled with dried herbs on top of a handful of arugula and a dollop of yogurt, underwhelming is an understatement!
The 2 pasta courses were bland and overcooked. The ragu tasted like airline food, devoid of any flavor. The other pasta felt like it was the previous nights chowder repurposed into a sauce.
I'm hoping they get their act together, it is a lovely space and the floor staff are warm and inviting.

Sep 15, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

We did the Margherita, the Blanca which looks very plain but the addition of nduja added a spicy meaty note. We also had the clam pizza kinda like the one Pepe's makes but they add rosemary here which elevates the brininess of the clams! Even the pepperoni was good. Great thing about Otto's is they will let you do spilt pies, ie 2 different pies in a crust.
You must go to the Chester Sunday market, the salt bread is excellent!