Karen Deutsch

Cheap Eats

Our food critic takes you to dozens of restaurants where you can dine well on a dime — and we’re not talking your basic burger and fries.

Want the best meal for your money? 
Two words: go global. The state’s 
top ethnic restaurants serve up full 
flavored food for a song. Find out about 
86 of our favorites.What’s inside:Dumplings, DeconstructedEating EthnicFear FactorInternational EggsDemystifying Pho… and more 

Cook & Brown Public House

Now that Cook & Brown has strayed successfully from its British beginnings, a neighborhood hot spot is born.

Cook & Brown Public House Cook & Brown Public House  959 Hope Street, 273-7275, cookandbrown.com Open for dinner every night, with one family style seating on Sunday at 8 p.m. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine Urbane tavern food. Capacity Thirty-five with a dozen more at the bar. Vibe An evolving neighborhood favorite. Upscale East Siders and tattooed ladies…

Tallulah on Thames

Tallulah may be on Thames, but it’s not your typical tourist trap. Can a new-to-town chef armed with an avant garde menu stir up Newport’s dining scene?

Tallulah on Thames 464 Thames Street, Newport, tallulahonthames.com, 849-2433. Open for dinner nightly; brunch and lunch Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–3 p.m., tapas lounge open nightly from 6 p.m. to close. Reservations accepted downstairs. Wheelchair accessibility is possible but not probable; the colonial-style house is a veritable maze of small steps. . Cuisine Modern American with a nod to international…

Matunuck Oyster Bar

Oysterman Perry Raso’s new venture brings the pond to plate movement (quite literally) to Matunuck. And the view’s not half bad either.

Matunuck Oyster Bar 629 Succotash Road, East Matunuck, 783-4202, rhodyoysters.com. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Wheelchairs can make it, but the shell-coated ground is a struggle. Private parking lot that’s perpetually full. Cuisine New England’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1. Capacity Inside: fifty. Outside: thirty. Standing: always. Vibe Salty, sticky, suntanned, laid-back. Prices $5.95–$27.95. The wine list…


Known more for its cocktails than its cuisine, Temple is betting big that a new Mediterranean menu will draw destination diners.

Temple  120 Francis Street, Providence, 919-5050, temple-downtown.com. Open for dinner every night (and breakfast, but that’s a whole other ballgame). Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessibility through the hotel lobby. Valet parking. Cuisine European sun and sea, doused in garlic, oregano and lemon.  Capacity A hundred in the dining room, as well as in the lounge/bar. Vibe Goth castle meets belly-dancing commune. PricesAppetizers…

La Masseria

Our state’s got no shortage of red sauce restaurants. But can the newest, La Masseria, bank on its New York roots to make a mark in East Greenwich?

La Masseria  223 Main Street, East Greenwich, 398-0693, masseriari.com. Lunch and dinner Tuesday–Sunday. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine Urban interpretation of rustic Italian. Capacity More than a hundred. Vibe City folk on a farmhouse vacation without the awkward tourist attire. Prices Appetizers $6.50–$16.50 
(the burrata, at $26.50, serves at least two and probably ten); entrees $12.50–$32.50. Karen’s picks…

Best Places for Breakfast

It’s that sweet spot of the day when happiness smells like warm maple syrup and sounds like bubbling bacon on the griddle. Where is this wedge of heaven? 
On the counters of decades-old diners and modern meccas of breakfast around the state — more than fifty of them. Find out where your best meal of the day is.

 Old SchoolThe Updated ApproachBreakfast, Thy Name Is GluttonySingular SensationsVegetarian VenturesCoffee Houses  Old SchoolLouis Family Restaurant286 Brook St., Providence, 861-5225, louisrestaurant.orgRespected as much for its lineage (dad Louis Gianfrancesco left it to his six kids) as for its real estate (try and find any nearby building not owned by Brown), Louis is open for breakfast and dinner (during breakfast hours) every day….

Enn Japanese Restaurant

A new sushi (plus) spot in Lincoln brings authentic Japanese, with a modern makeover, to the ’burbs.

Enn Japanese Restaurant  600 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, 333-0366, ennri.com. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday–Friday, dinner on Saturday. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot. Cuisine Classic Japanese with a few American adaptations. Capacity One hundred. Vibe If you’re looking in at the sushi bar, harmonious; if you’re looking out at the Toyota dealership, incongruous. Prices Tuna tostados, tuna tartar…

Bar Americain

It’s always a gamble to fill seats in a down economy, but Bobby Flay’s betting big on his reputation and ability to appeal to the masses at Mohegan Sun.

Bar Americain  One Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, Conn., 860-862-8000, baramericain.com. Open for dinner every night. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine American South, from Florida to New Mexico. Capacity 275 Vibe The casino curse: somewhere between exclusive and commercial. Prices Appetizers $11–$25, entrees $24–$39. Wines are affordable (most fall between $35 and $50), but beware the cost of cocktails….

Tradition with a Twist

If there was a seasonal culinary oasis, it’s Thanksgiving. Bare trees, Northeasterly winds — even a sixty-day boat ride tinged with scurvy — all lose some of their severity when the gravy hits the grub. It’s also a holiday with a menu that has changed only slightly over four hundred years. We’ve stayed close to the tried and true with just enough variation to let you wander off tradition’s path. After all, nothing says thanks like a mouthful of stuffing.

TimelineTurkey (see below)The SidesThe RestThe Turkey The size may vary, but the end goal remains the same: avoiding a dry turkey. Unless you have no way of keeping a submerged turkey cold, there’s no reason not to brine your bird. Sodium helps the meat retain its moisture while sugar and herbs infuse the turkey with great flavor. Brine Plan on…