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Need A Place To Eat In Kingston, RI Area

Hello. I need a good place to eat this evening in the Kingston/Narragansett area. We are travelling with one vegetarian. I have looked at previous postings, which include Crazy Burger. Is there any other "great" place anyone might like to recommend?? Thank you.

67 Burger

I think there's just one owner and he owns the whole building - if I'm thinking correctly. As for the spicy fries, they tasted like the Ore-I-Da seasoned fries to me. Next time I will try the onion rings. In terms of being kid friendly, I think one thing he has going is that he offers a kids menu. That's a good feature for child toting familys. It doesn't work for my family though. My youngest doesn't find anything appealing on the kids menu - she's way picky.

Jan 22, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Help introduce us to the Outer Boroughs

Go to Danny Brown's in Forest Hills, Queens. It's kind of new and kind of awesome. AND they have silverware!

Jan 22, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

67 Burger

I do find it to be a little expensive - but then again my budget isn't as "loose" as that of some of my good, free wheeling friends. Anyway, somebody has to pay for the fancy renovation. It can't be cheap to open and run a new restaurant in New York. At those prices, I'll definately go again but just can't visit often - not for a burger. But that's just me.

Jan 22, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

67 Burger

So I went (finally) to 67 Burger. I got a bacon cheeseburger and my daughter got ann Italian chicken sandwich. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her chicken - which is kind of beside the point at a restaurant that specializes in "burgers." Anyway, I like to think it was a fine burger. I am sure that I would have enjoyed it more if the temperature was what I had wanted. I don't know who's fault it was since I didn't call in the order - my chicken eating daughter did - but instead of having a medium burger, the ticket said medium well and by the time I ate the thing it was way into the realm of "well-doneness." With all of that being said, I was encouraged by the product that I ate and am more than willing to go back and try again. I will make my daughter at least try a burger next time - otherwise, what's the point?

Jan 21, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Smoke Joint

That certainly was an interesting description of the sausages...Speaking of hot links, remember Pearson's? I still miss Pearson's hot links,yuuuuuuummmmmmmm. We'd drive all the way to Jackson Heights just for those. From what I understand Pearson's simply smoked the Hillshire Farms Hot Links. When Pearson's NYC location was still open, I made the trip there and was told, unfortunately, that the hot links were off of the menu because Hillshire Farms had changed their recipe - or something to that effect. (I bowed my head and mouthed R.I.P.) Oh yeah, and I think the thing about liking the pickles is funny. A guy doing some work in my building was going on about how he liked the Smoke Joint pickles. He said he stopped there one day and just asked for a full order of pickles. He said the young lady at the counter looked at him like he was crazy, but yes they gave him a full order of the pickles!

Jan 21, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Lucali's, I like it

Went to Lucali's and I really enjoyed the overall experience. (I did forget to bring along our bottle of wine, and it was too late to buy another - so that was a bummer.) I simply had a cheese and basil pie. I would have liked the center of my pie to be crisper, and I think that the sauce at Difara's still tastes better, having a fuller more complex flavor. (Or maybe that was just salt.) But, honestly, Lucali's is turning out some good pizza and I believe it's on its way to being great. We met Mark, the owner, and he was a very nice guy. I am looking forward to my next trip.

Jan 21, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Di fara: open today?

I just got back from my first trip to DiFara's. It was kind of busy, making one guy tell "Dom" that he would see him another time as he had a train to catch. I did have a bit of a wait but I waited patiently, looking forward to the cheesey goodness all of you have told me would come. I also kept myself entertained watching the two young men who were nervously waiting for "Dom" to make their pizza with NO cheese. It appeared to be their first visit also and I couldn't help but think, 'how could someone come to DiFara's and not get cheese on their pizza?' They couldn't figure out what in the world was taking so long as they saw pie after pie go into the oven before theirs. They both started to fidget a little and their inital smiles became more like grimaces. Finally, one of the young men asked if the next pizza to be made would be theirs. "Dom" told him it would just be another minute before theirs would be put in as the peppers for their pizza were still cooking. The look on the young guys face was priceless! He looked bewildered. He turned to his friend and said, "He says the PEPPERS aren't done yet..."I almost burst out laughing. Another guy standing there in linewho was probably a regular simply said, "Hey, you can't rush perfection."

Jan 01, 2007
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Joyce Bakery

Okay. I will go back and give another taste test and definately include the macaroons. Thanks for the tip.

Dec 25, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Best BBQ

The Smoke Joint is the best in Brooklyn in my opinion. I would also venture to say, that it is solid contender against RUB and Daisy May's. The food is really very tasty plus the prices are are good. I've tried Dinosaur again and had a much better experience. (Wasn't all that impressed the first time around.) It was actually pretty good. Still, I vote for the Smoke Joint.

Dec 23, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

Joyce Bakery

Okay, so I finally got to Jocye today. It is a very pretty place, very inviting. I only tried two things, a cupcake and a cookie. I had the chocolate cloud cookie which I believe fairly priced for anyone who might find this cookie to their liking - though not to mine. I like the cookies at Choice Market much more. I also had a yellow cake cupcake with chocolate frosting. It was kind of small and pricey in my estimation. The flavor was much better than the ones sold in NYC at Magnolia, but no where near as good as Elaini's (sp.?). I was hoping that I would enjoy my items more than I did, but such is life.

Dec 23, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Going to WD-50 -- suggestions?

I haven't been in a while myself, but if it is still available, have the fois and sardine appetizer. Truly inspired and awesomely delicious!

Dec 21, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

What is the most useless thing in your kitchen you won't get rid of?

Ditto on the pasta machine. What was I thinking? And my mother-in'law's bundt cake pans and jello mold. (The died green bamboo sticks left over from a flower arrangement should probably hit the bricks as well.)

Dec 18, 2006
Happygirl in Not About Food

Please Help Me Spend a Gift Card

Fiamma - in hopes that the chef change will not negatively affect the food.

Dec 15, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

Smoke Joint - Thank Jebus!!

I've been a Smoke Joint fan from the start. I like the people who work there. I like the food. I like the mac n' cheese better now than before. And yes, I've had the bread crumb top, the no crumb top, and the crispy cheesey top (the best one yet.) I have yet to try the beef ribs, but my beef craving friends love them. I like the hacked pork and I find it a bit more smokey and spicey than when they first opened. I am also am a big fan of the rib tips. I recently went away from my usuals and tried the chili. I really enjoyed it. It didn't taste at all like I expected it to, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know that it will be a constant part of my regular rotation, but it was nice. I guess there's no accounting for taste. That's why some people love poached eggs and they make me gag. And pickled pigs feet, what in the heck is up with that?? Thank goodness there are enough options here in the greater ny metro area for each of us to satisfy our own taste buds! As for me and mine - I just finished eating some of my reheated Smoke Joint leftovers (mac n' cheese, pickles, chicken wings) and I liked those too.

Dec 13, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Bogota

I went to Bogota on 5th Ave. for the first time last night. My husband and I shared Platano Rellenos, an app that was made from a sweet plantain stuffed with spicy chicken with a rich chipotle sauce and sour cream. It was darn tasty! I then had the Ropa Vieja, shredded skirt steak with beans and yellow rice, and kale, as my sides. The kale was simply prepared, which i enjoyed. I could taste a hint of garlic. The beans and rice were kind of bland. I actually got more liquid than beans. The streak was fine, although for my taste I might have liked a little more salt and heat in everything. My husband had the Bacalao with sides of white rice and black beans and plantains.The plantains were good and sweet - which was actually a testament to nature more than to the chef. The beans were okay - not great. The bacalao was very disappointing. The flavor wasn't terrible, but the fish was extremely dry. How could that even be? I didn't care for the decor. The mish mosh of decorative items and styles just went a bit too far for me. My server was nice, but unfortunately for her it was a slooooooooooow night. Unless there was some type of mad rush before or after we sat for dinner, the poor thing must have had a dull and less than prosperous evening.

All in all, it was okay, but since it's not in my 'hood, I doubt that I'll ever go ut of my way to go back.

Dec 13, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Best Cupcakes???

Thanks! My daughter wants us to make cupcakes from Elenis our weekly guilty pleasure.

Dec 08, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

Best Cupcakes???

Elaine's (sp?) in Chelsea Market. Awesome icing, awesome cake!

Dec 07, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

What is Antoine Bouterine doing now?

I have not gone to Bouterine in many years. Is it true that it is now closed? If so, what is Antoine Bouterin up to these days? I remember when he left Le Perigord about 13(?) yearss ago to open his place. Does anyone know if he is still a chef or owner in NYC?

Dec 05, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

Best Ramen - one person a vote

I vote for Minca. I love their full bodied broth. I do not find it to be salty, or fatty. I do find it to be delicious.

Dec 03, 2006
Happygirl in Manhattan

new Biscuit is appalling

Tis true. I think that in most cases the "line standing" is largely about the scene. I'm not much of a line stander, although I must admit that I have waited for ice cream at the ice Cream Factory, pizza at Grimaldi's and Lombardi's (even though I think Grimaldi's is better) , to get into Al Di La, and (a really long one) to buy an Entenmann's doughnut at my kid's school bake sale. I've also waited (not in line) to eat the best ramen noodles in NYC - Minca - not, not, NOT, Momofuko. (Just had to give Minca a shout out even though it's not an "Outer Borough" spot.) Aw man. I guess I'm more willing to stand in line than I originally thought.

Nov 30, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

new Biscuit is appalling

I don't like Biscuit. My husband showed me this article about a smoke/fry challenge between Biscuit - "they'll smoke anything" and the Chip Shop - "they'll fry anything." In the article the chef at Biscuit said something about using light amounts of smoke so that the smoky flavor wouldn't overwhelm the taste of the meat. I am paraphrasing, but that's essentially what he said. I could only think, are you kidding me?? There was no heavenly smoke on the ribs that I ordered - only char. I refuse to go back.

The Smoke Joint just got 4 out of 6 stars in Time Out. Now everybody's going to know and you know how much New Yorkers love standing in lines...Magnolia, Grimaldi's, Cakeman Raven's, etc. Anyway, I think it's cool. It's definately the best bbq I've had in Brooklyn, and getting darn close to the best bbq I've had in NYC. I hope they can keep it up. Anyway, I like those dudes who own Smoke Joint and the people who work there. They all seem genuinely nice.

As for Biscuit unless you just want to hit the bar - Fageddaboudit. That's what I'm going to do.

Nov 30, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

New French on Henry St.

I'm sorry, but the backbone of "American Cuisine"?? I am by no means a food historian, but I would beg to differ. Although these two types of cuisine are definately well represented in terms of influences and each deserves a special place of recognition, I think that "American cuisine" is a hodgepodge of a variety of strong "ethnic" influences. Perhaps what you know of as classic American food is just the food that you happen to accept as such. To me, classic American food includes fried chicken, greens, rice and beans, grits, johny cakes, cheesesteaks, hoagies, chili dogs, Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni (Did I mention that my mother was a terrible cook?) etc. Okay, okay, I'm being a little facecious. Are you speaking in terms of the actual cuisine or cooking technique?

Nov 29, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

what makes a hound - nature or nurture?

Nurture. I was a terribly finicky eater until I met my husband. My mother is also finicky and a terrible cook! Oh the days of overcooked canned spinach - it just sends chills up and down my spine. I used to have to pretend that I was eating a number of other things when sitting at the dinner table in order to get some of the stuff down. (mind over matter) After dating my husband for a while, he began to insist that I at least try some things. His mantra was - "There are a billion people in the world who eat this and enjoy it. How can they all be wrong? You can at least try it." So here I am, 16 years later many pounds heavier. But I love food now!

Nov 29, 2006
Happygirl in Not About Food

NY Times Awards Spicy & Tasty 2 Stars ...

Okay guys, please tell me what I should order at Spicy and Tasty. My family and I have only made the trip once and overall we really didn't enjoy the dishes that we ordered. All I can think is that we ordered wrong, or maybe we went too late. (it was nearing the endo f the night when we went.) I do remember liking the green beans and that the "dan dan" noodles were okay. I guess it's possible that our expectations were different than what we actually experienced. Based on the reviews, my husband has asked me to make the trip and try it again. Maybe I'll wait until the "NYTimes rush" slows down.

Nov 29, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

Restaurant charging for items and not telling you

Well frenetica, you didn't try very hard to stop him and ya' did drink both glasses. In my opinion, you should not have expectd one of the glasses to be comped. I wouldn't have been surprised to be charged after drinking both. I have had a few of experiences where I really disliked the wine that I was given. But, I only have said something about the glass if it is one that the waiter or sommelier (sp?) has chosen for me. In one case they took the one I didn't like away. In another case I just left it sitting there and the waiter told my husband he could drink it if he wanted to and there wouldn't be a charge. If I choose the wine and don't like it, I just deal with it and consider it my mistake. Okay, that's not altogether true. My husband usually just deals with drinking my error and pushes his glass over to me!

Nov 28, 2006
Happygirl in Not About Food

Restaurant charging for items and not telling you

A group of friends and I recently received a "music charge" for a band that was playing at this restaurant in Fort Greene Brooklyn called The Night of The Cookers. Yes, we eventually found out that the menu did state something to the affect that there could be a charge added to the cost of meals when there is a band playing. When our party arrived at the restaurant, there was no live band playing. When we were sat, we were placed in a room that played recorded music throughout our meal. When we got the bill I noticed the up-charge asked the server why our meals were priced higher than on the menu. He said it's the charge for live music. So of course I was like, "What live music?" And he proceeds to tell us that there was a band performing in the other room, so we had to pay extra. I honestly thought somebody had lost their mind! My next question was, how could that possibly pertain to us when we were not being given the benefit of enjoying this live band that we couldn't see or hear? He said it's in the menu. So I told him it would have been appreciated if he had pointed that out to us as we were ordering. He said it's in the menu and walked away, essentially blowing us off. One of my friends got up and asked to speak with a manager. The manager came to our table and said, "Well, it's on the menu" and walked away. What the???We had received terrible service from the moment that we had walked into this place. I had to ask the server to wipe the greasy table off. The food wasn't great, and now we had to pay a service charge for some band that only half of the restaurant coud enjoy. Puhleeze! We paid exactly what the "no live music" prices were and decided to let mr. blow off and ms. lousy manager deal with it. As you can read, I was very annoyed.

Nov 28, 2006
Happygirl in Not About Food

Steaks - Straight (plain) or Sauced ?

A nicely veined Ribeye, grilled to just under medium, a little salt and pepper - Yummy!

Nov 28, 2006
Happygirl in General Topics

what's up at al di la?

I haven't been to Al di La for a little while. I used to love the beet ravioli and the rabbit with polenta. Have there been any signficant changes to the menu recently?

Nov 16, 2006
Happygirl in Outer Boroughs

People who grab the bill...

The closest I ever got to working in a restaurant was working the register (McDonald's and Sizzler as a kid. lol!) I always wanted to learn how to drop the fries and man the grill. At Sizzler, I wanted to be a waitress. But no, upper mangement in both cases thought that my skill set was more appropriately used as a cashier. I had forgotten about Sizzler! That's funny.

Nov 16, 2006
Happygirl in Not About Food