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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
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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!

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

Ottos pizza in Chester is great, wood fire oven in the middle of the dining room is cozy in the colder months but the benches outside are great now! Great wine selection too!

Best Asian restaurants in Newport/Narragansett area

Seven moons is a decent looking Asian restaurant that seats a large crowd. Sunrise in Middletown has pretty good food but the decor is v drab. There's Jade Cricket in Newport they have a great al fresco dining area but I have not eaten there before.

Aug 11, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Hourglass Brasserie (Bristol, RI)

Thanks for the review! Was wondering about HB, have passed it many times and Bristol is a great place to visit, right by the water quaint and not crazy busy like other beach towns!

Aug 09, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

baccaro or pane e vino for dinner with parents

A third for Bacaro! If you go early it isn't too loud. Also with the tapas style appetisers you can get smaller meals. But make sure you order the tart of the day with your meal as it takes 20 min, well worth the wait but if you order with your meals they will time it just right

Aug 05, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence or Newport for birthday dinner

I live in the Newport area and I don't think Bouchards is worth the drive! On the other hand Birch has been improving and the current consensus is it's the to go place. Save the gas money and stay in Providence!

Jul 29, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

North Bakery (Providence, RI)

We loved the potato and onion hand and the dan dan pie. In fact as a meat lovers, the vegetarian option was so satisfying. Tried the chocolate chip cookie, loved the salt flakes on top that cuts the sweetness. Wasn't too keen on the chocolate n earl grey muffin, bit dry. Lemon scone was liked more than the corn one.

Jul 13, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Nepali Cookware in Rhode Island?

I have seen an Aslan style metal steamer kinda like the one you posted at V Mart 176 Narragansett Ave in providence, I believe it retails for about $30 ish there

Jul 08, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Eli's Kitchen, Warren RI

Thanks for the informative review, was wondering if we should try the place and now we will make a trip there.

Jul 08, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Week with the Family in Newport

Sweet berry farm in Middletown has local beef and their own small produce selection. They also sell Susanna's ice cream, house made quiche and some prepared foods.

Jun 03, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Fiddleheads in RI

Found some at Shaws $5.99 and also have seen them at Whole Foods Cranston.

May 20, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence Drinks and Snacks- Saturday Night

Flan y Ano on Westminster St is a tiny tapas place. Small menu but good for a bite or two. Bacaro on S Water St has a larger small plate menu and also offer pastas and desserts.

Apr 18, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence,RI - Lunch and Dinner recommendations for 'chowmeet' between two serious foodies from Toronto and Singapore

You might be better off renting a car. Or at least getting a cab for a couple of hours as it is about a 45min ride from downtown Providence. On the way to Mantunck there is http://www.kenyonsgristmill.com/home.... to visit.

Apr 01, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence,RI - Lunch and Dinner recommendations for 'chowmeet' between two serious foodies from Toronto and Singapore

How about Mantunuck Oyster in South Kingstown especially for lunch by the water on an oyster farm? It's a bit if a drive from Providence but the food and drive is great. I also suggest Portuguese, O Dinis in East Providence comes to mind. Something totally off the beaten path, how about the chimi and food trucks that serve authentic Dominican/Peruvian street food on Broad Street at night for supper?

Apr 01, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Rogue Island, PVD (long)

Thanks for the review. Have been wanting to try them but the weather has made us lazy to drive anywhere. Will give them a shot in a couple weeks...

Mar 04, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

North Bakery (Providence, RI)

Yay, thanks for the info. Can't wait for their take on baked goodies!

Feb 10, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Newport in mid-January

Mission Newport is a great burger bar from the the folks at TSK they are open this winter, so too is a newly opened ramen bar called Boru. Both are located near/on Broadway. Newport Resataurnt group's restaurants are all opened all winter saved for the Smoke House. Pasta Beach will be opened after the second week of Jan.

Jan 05, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

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

Boru Noodle Bar has opened in Newport! It's a take on Changster's Noodle bar in NYC. Ramen lovers rejoice!

Jan 05, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Looking for Caul Fat/ Crépinette in RI...

Thanks Chef, will give them a call on Monday!

Jan 03, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Cranston, RI: restaurants? Ethnic markets?

Sunny Market, though their address is Providence it's not too far away at 243 Reservoir Ave, Providence. They sell more South East Asian products. There's also Chinese American Mini Market 834 Park Ave Cranston, they stock more Chinese groceries with a few goodies from the Philippines. For Korean and a small selection of Japanese products try Mirar Market 602 Reservoir Ave Cranston.
Kings Garden is under new ownership and they do serve a passable dim sum spread and somewhat authentic Chinese food. Dee's Deli 1269 Cranston St Cranston is a great place for a reasonably priced sandwich lunch. Go for the Broccoli Rabe with pork or the Italian Grinder, they are winners !

Jan 03, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Looking for Caul Fat/ Crépinette in RI...

Hi guys am having a hard time finding caul fat in RI, I would rather buy it by the pound and not have to buy a whole frozen 10lb case but...Have tried Persimmon Provisions, Armando and Sons, Joe's Meat Market and Central Meat Market. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks guys!

Jan 03, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Birch (Providence, RI)

I'm glad they got their act together! Will give them another go soon too.

Nov 03, 2013
Shazz in Southern New England

PVD/RI * October '13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Mission Newport by the guys from Thames St Kitchen opened at 29 Marlborough St Newport. They make great burgers and their own hot dogs.

The shack at Dutch Harbor is closed for the season. I think their taco cart is still around at the local farmers markets.

Oct 14, 2013
Shazz in Southern New England

Newport restaurant recommendations

TSK is a great choice.
For a real nice waterfront location, literally on a beach, Tallulah on Thames has a taco shack in Jamestown which is a 10 min ride from Newport called The Shack at Dutch Harbor located at 252 Narragansett Ave inJamestown. They are closing on Oct 14 and their hours now are 11 am to 545 pm. It is cash only so hit the ATM before you get there.

Oct 11, 2013
Shazz in Southern New England

PVD/RI * September '13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

The guys at Thames Street Kitchen have just opened a Burger and Hot Dog spot at 29 West Marlborough Street in Newport.

Oct 09, 2013
Shazz in Southern New England

Honeymoon in Newport

The guys at TSK just opened a Burger joint called Mission at 29 West Marlborough St just off Broadway in Newport. They make a mean burger n the best fries! Their homemade hot dogs and sides are great too. Best thing is that they have a liquor license and serve great selection of beers.

Oct 05, 2013
Shazz in Southern New England

Bacaro Report (Providence, RI)

Great review! Thank you. You must order the dessert fruit tarts, it's meant for sharing and so worth the wait!

Sep 09, 2013
Shazz in Southern New England