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Rogue Island - any recent experiences?

It's funny that you mention Salted Slate. After a recent disappointing meal at the Salted Slate, my husband and I were lamenting the fact that Rouge Island had better food, a better price point, but is probably ham-strung by location. The food is not 'knock-your-socks off' - but we found it to be solid, in a casual atmosphere.

Caveat - it's probably been 6 months since we've been to Rouge Island.

We love, love, love Birch. Food may be a little precious, but it is amazing (do not skip 'cereal' dessert if they have it) and I haven't had better service anywhere in Providence.

Dec 03, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

Now Eating - Rhode Island, 11/2014

Extremely mediocre meal at the Salted Slate last Friday night. Between four of us we sampled four different apps and entrees with no standouts among them. The best was a lamb bolognese, the worst a dry roast chicken, nearly sauce-less pasta dish, and overcooked octopus app.

For the prices they're going to have to step up their game if they want to stick around.

Also disappointing was the beer selection/price points. Only four beers of which two were fairly expensive. $12 for a 5oz pour of Maine Beer Company Mo...admittedly a great beer, but the bartender was certainly mis-informed when he justified the price by quoting me a bottle price of $25 retail, actual retail is about $7.

Nov 12, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

Now Eating, Rhode Island 10/14

We find Bombay Club on the hill to provide consistently great Indian take out.

Just moved to Pawtuxet from Providence - terrible Thai at Rim Nham, but the pizza at the new Fellini's location may be better than their original Providence location, the crust seemed to hold up better against their array of toppings. Also - staff was was less grumpy than the Wickenden St crew.

Any other suggestions for passable food in Pawtuxet/Edgewood?

Oct 24, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

Time to Line Up for Franklin BBQ?

My husband and I are in town today through Saturday and I have not been able to convince him to skip Franklin BBQ...

So, if we plan to go on a Wednesday morning, what time should we line up?

And thanks everyone for the wonderful posts on this board - we plan to check out a number of suggestions and will report back.

Oct 14, 2014
barfly in Austin

Best Providence Bakery

Closer to the hill you might try Palmieri's. I find their location on Ridge St (few blocks from the Hill) to be great for italian pastries. There is also a location right on DePasquale Sq - never tried it, but I would think quality would be the same as the main location.

Aug 24, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

Had the chance to try bites of a variety of North Bakery pastries at a dinner party last night. The chocolate chip cookie was, as always, amazing, with pockets of solid chocolate and a bit of salt on top. The peanut butter cookie was also fantastic and the lemon bar was one of the best I've had.

The faux-reo and macaroon were fine, but nothing special.

Overall my experience with desserts there has been better than breakfast pastries. Anyone tried anything amazing for breakfast?

Aug 24, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

Great thread!

The new Dave's coffee location on S. Main St. has some great am pastries. I was lucky enough to get a blueberry muffin fresh from the oven this week. It was the huge, not overly sweet, with a perfect, slightly crisp top. They also have a number of savory pastries.

My latte was great too and service is super friendly.

Aug 08, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

The geography is big, but I'm not sure several smaller boards would solve the problem either. I check the site once or twice a week and find that I can pretty easily scan the most recent posts looking for either titles with familiar restaurant names or that have been helpfully titled with 'Providence', 'RI', or 'Newport' (my areas of interest). Maybe a simple dialog allowing posters to tag their post with a location would help ensure that the geographic relevance of a post is more obvious.

I don't hate scanning through the titles of posts not about RI. Found out about decent BBQ in western MA that's not too far of a drive that way. Hell, I think I discovered New Haven pizza here years ago because it was written about so often that I was curious and read a few posts from 'outside my area'.

Jul 29, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

North Bakery (Providence, RI)

Agree on the chocolate and earl grey muffin. I was excited to try it and found it very dry - not enjoyable at all. Chocolate Chip cookie was great!

Jul 19, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

What happened to Flan Y Ajo?

I heard that they were combining with Bodega Malasana into a single entity.

Maybe that explains the renovations going on in the space next to Malasana?

Jun 03, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

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

We ended up at Rosalina's last night after making the mistake of not leaving Providence on graduation weekend and being quoted a 1.5 hour wait at North.

It's definitely not a typical red sauce Italian joint -there is a focus on locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are a bit more creative, and the portion sizes are manageable.

The menu was heavy on pasta dishes, with several interesting salads and app options.

We started with a sauteed shrimp appetizer that came with a rich tomato broth and garlicky crostini. The shrimp were well cooked and the broth was tasty. I had the Cioppino, again with a nice rich broth and well cooked seafood (though a rather boring 'giant' crostini). Others in our party had a riff on veal and peas, a baked gnocchi, and a grilled chicken breast. Everyone was happy with their food.

We don't eat Italian out very often and I'm not sure Rosalina's will change that, but it's worth checking out.

May 26, 2014
barfly in Southern New England

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

Bacarao and the Wild Colonial still both draw a crowd at night. Mile and a Quarter never really took off (our one experience there was mediocre) and I recently heard a rumor that it's for sale. Not until I started going to Momentum fitness did I realize that the area has a few (retail) daytime gems - great wine store, gift shop and boutique all on the same block. Hopefully something interesting (and food related) will snap up the L'Elizabeth spot.

Oct 05, 2013
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * September '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

I noticed this morning that the long awaited diner on Westminster St. has finally opened. I believe it's call the West Side Diner, but a quick web search yields no additional info. Anyone have the scoop?

Sep 26, 2013
barfly in Southern New England

Cooking school recommendations near Newport, Rhode Island.

A couple more suggestions:

Chez Nicole: French
cheznicolecookingclasses.com/‎

Trio restaurant in Narragansett offers classes in the winter, not sure about summer...

Jul 16, 2013
barfly in Southern New England

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

There's a rumor that the Duck and Bunny will open other outlet in the old Roam dog club space on Westminster.

Does anyone know what's going on with the diner on Westminster?

Jul 08, 2013
barfly in Southern New England

Outdoor Dining in Providence (or a stunning room)?

I've held a couple of corporate events at the Waterman Grille, which has beautiful event spaces. They've got a gorgeous room on the ground floor, that while indoor, is at the same level of the water and is basically floor to ceiling windows. I believe they also have patio space, but have never held an event there.

May 07, 2013
barfly in Southern New England

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

We've eaten quite late at both Broadway Bistro and Loie Fuller. We also popped into The Grange this past weekend. They were only able to offer us dessert after 11, but it was yummy, they have a decent cocktail menu, and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

Unless things have changed dramatically in the last 6 months, avoid The Roi.

Apr 04, 2013
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * September '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

We made it to North last night. We arrived about 6:30 - the bar was full-ish, but we were only the 2nd table. Things did fill up not long after we arrived. They haven't changed the Ama decor, which was fine by us, we always thought it was a nice space.

It was only their third night open for business and they're still serving a limited menu. We started with the oyster special and the squash salad. The oysters (3 for $7) came topped with a toasted spinach/artichoke/crumb mixture and were divine. The squash salad ($9) was served in a bowl and consisted of sauteed (nicely browned) zucchini and summer squash, mixed with chunks of toasted, vinegary, sourdough bread, and whole leaves of thai basil. Overall a good dish, I found the squash a little under seasoned, but the bread and basil mostly made up for that. They don't have entrees yet, so we both had sandwiches. My husband loved his scrapple sandwich ($9), particularly the sauce. I also enjoyed my lobster roll ($14), though it looked pretty lonely on my plate as there was not a lot to it. Fried shallots and cilantro were nice additions, though I didn't get a lot of green curry flavor, as described on the menu.

Overall we though it was good and a nice addition to the neighborhood. We'll be back when the full menu is available.

Sep 21, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * September '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Yikes, just heard that the Red Fez was sold. If anyone knows about future plans, please post! It's one of our go to spots.

Sep 21, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * September '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

North opened in the former Ama spot on Tuesday. We plan to check it out tomorrow night, will report back.

We ended up at The Grande, a new spot on Federal Hill, Saturday night. It was predictably bad. We were with a group and split the baked brie app and the mussels app. The mussels were fine, but the brie was cold in the middle and the pastry crust was undercooked. It was served with "artisanal" crackers, which turned out to be butterfly crackers that I'm sure were taken straight from a box. For my entree I had duck confit served with "house-pressed" waffle (which I took to mean fresh). The duck had a slimy piece of skin covering meat so salty I couldn't finish it. While the waffle may have been homemade, it had clearly been reheated. It ended up soggy in the places where it adsorbed the peach compote and dry everywhere else.

Cocktails were executed better than food, and we were with good friends so the night wasn't a total loss.

Does anyone know what's going on with the diner that was moved onto Westminster St months ago?

Sep 19, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

Providence Coal Fired Pizza

We went several months ago and found the food to be very good, but a bit expensive. We had six wings in our order ($12) that were not particularly big. We split a pizza ($18) and had no trouble finishing it.

Aug 16, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * August '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Lots of info on twitter, including first menu: https://twitter.com/foodbynorth.

I heard it was a chef from Nick's but apparently James Mark also worked for Momofuku.

Aug 16, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

Old-school chowhound fare in Providence

Good call on Los Andes, first spot I thought of after reading the OP.

Jul 13, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

Portion Size at Tallulah on Thames???

We did restaurant week at Tallulah's last year and left very satisfied (even a bit full) after three courses. One of the best RW experiences I've had in RI.

Jul 03, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

The best dinner in Providence...for 9?

Gracie's has a beautiful 'wine cellar' room that accommodates up to 10 people. Free to reserve, I believe.

Jun 28, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

Food Truck in RI

Poco Loco seems to have made the transition between truck and retail space. Remains to be seen how successful it will be, but they were swamped on opening weekend.

I imagine that a lot of folks simply can't make the time or financial commitment that it would take to open a 'real' restaurant.

Ate dinner at Plouf Plouf last night - my husband and I split the duck confit and duck burger, both were pretty amazing.

Jun 22, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

Rhode Island - Providence & Newport

I find ENO in Providence to have a great selection of bourbons. Have not checked out the rum options.

Jun 15, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * June '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

I believe it will be in the old Garrison Confections space on Hope.

Jun 05, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * May '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Answering my own question...

My husband and I went on Friday night. We arrived around 7:30 and were seated immediately - tables were at least half-empty.

We both found the food to be tasty, but overpriced. The coal fired wings are nicely seasoned (with rosemary), crispy, and topped with grilled onions, but I found $12 for six fairly standard size wings to be a bit much. We also split the white clam pizza. I found the crust to be very good, crisp on the bottom and a bit chewy in the middle and the pizza to be well seasoned. However, again, I found the price a bit high given the portion size - $18 for essentially a small pizza (they only have one size). While initially I attributed the price to the clams, a second glance at the menu indicated that most pizzas are similarly priced.

Jun 04, 2012
barfly in Southern New England

PVD/RI * May '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Providence Coal Fired Pizza has opened on Westminster St. downtown. Anyone checked it out?

May 24, 2012
barfly in Southern New England