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Warwick/Providence RI vicinity: Looking for dog-friendly options with great seafood

What Alicia said!!!!!!!!!
(Multiplied by an exponent)
They are the CHAMPS.

Jun 06, 2015
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sushi in the Berkshires

Thanks...to put it another way...the Merle Haggard song: "NO, IT'S NOTTTTTTTT LOVE; BUT, IT'S NOT BAD."

Mar 05, 2015
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sushi in the Berkshires

The chef's signature rolls at Da'Koto are worth a try...we like the SPICY CHILI ROLL, the LOBSTER ROLL, and the DANCING DRAGON...they are probably as close to what Nick did as one is going to get. As for fish tacos, NOBODY even comes closes to doing what Nick did. Last time I had fish tacos was at Jason's birthday party at their Mother's, almost 3 years ago. Nick made them as a surprise for me. Give the Da'Koto a try, though...they HAVE gotten their act together quite a bit since they opened.

Mar 05, 2015
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sushi in the Berkshires

I REALLY, REALLY miss Fin ... NOBODY could or can do it like Nick. (Sidenote: Although the prevailing Internet shorthand uses IMHO, when I was in high school a gazillion years ago - Providence Classical - we got nailed for the phrase "in my opinion" ... We were taught that if one makes a statement as I did about Nick, that OBVIOUSLY IS one's opinion.) ANYway Nick's creativity elevated all things sushi to an art form.

Feb 25, 2015
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sushi in the Berkshires

I have gotten the chef's special rolls a few times from Da'koto...and they are quite good.

Feb 23, 2015
AikiLou in Southern New England

The Elusive Pizza Strip

The just posted reply is for focallfood, not Frank Terranova

Oct 28, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

The Elusive Pizza Strip

I agree with you totally. One more take: Although when I come to Providence every couple weeks, I generally come on Friday and go back to the Berkshires on Monday, every once in a while, I have reason to drive home on Sunday...well, another itch the pizza strip satisfies is that on Sunday afternoons, the Mass Pike is a PARKING LOT between exits 10A and 9...that pizza strip you might have bought just before heading out of town really really assuages the boredom of the 5 mile an hour progress....

The Elusive Pizza Strip

Actually, I FORgot the part about eating it cold or at room temperature...it would never cross my mind to eat a pizza strip heated.

Oct 22, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

The Elusive Pizza Strip

Thing is: Yes, you CAN buy what you refer to as sheet pizza...it is sold at many bakeries and also at Dave's markets. THAT being said ( a phrase that REALLY REALLY has to go and take with it "at the end of the day," "RObust conversation, response, or what ever, and a few others...): In just about EVERY supermarket from Dave's to Venda to Whole Foods, you will find pizza strips...rectanglar with pizza sauce. You CAN buy them with cheese at Whole Foods. Again, it is not like pizza from Providence Coal Fired, or something like that. The strips know what they are and do not try to be different. It is just a Rhode Island thing, and, for me, their main purpose is to remind you you are a Rhode Islander from the time you are a kid until you are much older. For me, it is a bit like Velveeta cheese...once every now and again, you need to taste it again as a memory of how it was when you were 8.

Oct 22, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England
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The Elusive Pizza Strip

What you see is what you get...they ARE what they ARE...they are as Rhode Island as Narragansett beer, coffee syrup, clam cakes, etc. They have been around since I was a kid coming up in the early 50s. So, you are not really MISSING ANYthing. For me, they are pure Rhode Island. Fortunately, for the pizza strips, they do not really claim to BE anything other than what you see.

Oct 19, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England
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Arepa flour

Does anybody know if(and or where) I can buy Arepa flour either in Berkshire County or I Rhode Island? Either location works well for me. Thanks...

Oct 08, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Your Top Wait Persons

The entire staff at Matunuk Oyster Bar is fabulous...and...those guys at the raw bar? Well, as busy as they are, they never miss a beat, and they never lose it.

Sep 19, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Lamenting the closing of Fin

I am a good friend of Jason the Bro and have known both since they were very young...Nick is one of the most knowledgeable, multi-talented people I have EVER known...there is NOTHING he cannot do or is not good at. And, I really, really miss Fin.

Lamenting the closing of Fin

I miss Fin, also...not only was the food terrific, but Nick created so many unique items, also. I cannot find anyplace in the Berkshires that serves that cuisine that even comes close...so, I wait until I am in Providence.

Aug 10, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

BERKSHIRE eats ( staying near Hancock Ma)

Near Hancock? MEZZE in Williamstown...

Jul 06, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Chez Nous, Lee, MA - Review

Chez Nous is one of my favorite restaurants...everything you said anybody reading this who has never been there can take to the bank. Rachael and Franck (sp?), the owners are wonderful people and always attempt to accommodate special needs. They really, really deserve their success.

Jul 02, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Pie in RI

Your thread brought up some great Rhode Island summer nostalgia (I have maintained for years that a summer Rhode Island childhood in the 50s was like no other). There was a place in Wickford called Emery's...it was right on 1a before you turned left (on the way to the beach). It was across from the Howard Johnson's (now El Tapatio). It is a faded old structure now. It was run by two older Yankee women: clear chowder only-35 cents a bowl and clam cakes for 5 cents each. Sometimes we would have lunch there on the way to the beach or pick up a couple bags of clam cakes on the way home. ANYway...if you brought a pie tin and gave it to the Emery sisters on your way, you could pick it up with a fresh baked pie in it on your way home.

Jun 25, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Bistro Box, Cafe Adam, Marios...Great Barrington

I have been there a couple times. THAT SAID(to use a tired, old phrase), the first time. I was with a friend after the movies, I opened the menu and told her: "this will be adequate, but that is all, and you know how I know that?" She asked: "how?" My response?: This is an Italian restaurant, and, in every case, PROSCIUTTO is incorrectly spelled...as in PROSCUITTO."

Jun 03, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Providence Coal Fired Pizza

There is valet parking for the Providence locations.

Jan 23, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Providence Coal Fired Pizza

About five weeks ago, I had my first dinner (with my SIBS and SIL) at Providence Coal Fired Pizza. It was really, really good. Although, I live in The Berkshires, (my family has been in Providence three generations), I am a Rhode Islander through and through (Aldrich Jr. High, Classical '62), and I am in Providence every couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, on my way out of town, I went there to get takeout...I explained that I needed reassurance that it would travel well because not all pizza does. They stood behind their product. Well, they were absolutely right. The pizza was great that evening. MORE IMPORTANTLY, in a way, is that they are all so very friendly and affable. I was offered coffee or mineral water for while I was waiting. Their friendliness was expressed to everyone who walked through the door while I was waiting. Today, I went again to get take out to bring home, and they were just as friendly and nice. I hope they are doing really well because with that combination of great product and the welcoming stance of the staff, they certainly deserve it.

Jan 20, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch in the Berkshires (or within an hour of)

Spoon is one of my favorites...also, Haven is an excellent choice. Many people complain about the prices; I feel they do not take into consideration that restaurants such as Spoon and Haven, the best, freshest produce, eggs, are used. Local, organically produced food costs more than conventionally grown, and farmers need to get paid for their labor and efforts. At both places, one gets total value and quality for the money. (NO, I am not affiliated in any way with either restaurant except as a very enthusiastic customer of both.)

Sep 20, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Need Oyster direction...

Matunuk Oyster Bar is just excellent. I eat there year round. Also, it is one of most well organized, well run restaurants I frequent. That is why it is packed every day it is open.

Sep 14, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Bacaro Report (Providence, RI)

I live in The Berkshires, but am Rhode Island born and bred (Nelson Aldrich Jr. High, Classical, class of '62). My whole family in in Rhode Island, and I am there ever couple of weeks. I must say that Bacaro is one of my favorite restaurants in R.I. I loved your review...and...I have some friends who are goi g to Providence a few weekends from now; they had asked for restaurant recs, and Bacaro was at the top of the list I gave them.

Sep 05, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch in Providence that's not Nick's or Julian's

I really like Waterman Grill and Red Stripe...they are both on the East side.

Sep 02, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Greek Salad Help

Actually, you ca get exactly that at Legal Seafood...there is one right across from Greene Airport in Warwick.

Aug 31, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Jon, Jon, Jon...perhaps you did not read an earlier response from Bivalve. I and my SIBS have been eating in restaurants since we were old enough to walk, and we were expected to behave, and our parents engaged us. It is not that kids get restless and squirrelly...they do. If a toddler is screeching, that affects ALL other diners around that family. And, again, I feel it is reasonable to expect not to have to deal with screeching. I will bet my next Social Security check that I am not the only person in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, or in the whole United States who has the same expectations. In fact, there was a piece on the news a couple weeks about about children in restaurants. If you have any ideas on how to socialize these young kids about public behavior so they do not grow up believing ANYTHING GOES, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, let me know, and, I have had my last say on this. And, one last thing, I am socialized enough not to go on your lawn without being invited....unlike the MILLENIALS who believe it is their right NOT to have or RESPECT lawn-driven boundaries.

Aug 26, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Yes, I AM baffled...my question would be: Why go out to dinner with others if you have no intention of actually engaging with them? Also, what is SO important that it cannot wait a bit? But, that is a whole other conversation reserved for a whole other time.

Aug 26, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

I would offer only this, and, as with Jon, I am concluding that we will have to agree to disagree: yes, kids are indeed a part of life. HOW-ever there IS a difference between screeching kids and non screeching kids. I do believe it IS a generational point of view since the perception is that MILLENIALS feel any social behavior is acceptable since it is all about THEM anyway. At least MILLENIALS in restaurants slap their mobile devices on the table as soon as they are seated and proceed to bond with them throughout dinner...well, at least it keeps THEM occupied and not screeching.

Aug 25, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

THANK YOU!

Aug 23, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

THANK YOU!...my point exactly...and it would not surprise me to learn that you probably had customers who on their way out stop at your table to comment on how well behaved your ChowPups were. This is how kids learn to be socialized.

Aug 23, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England