Diner’s Update

Trend Watch: Burger Mania

It used to be safe to assume that BYOB meant bring your own booze. These days the acronym is just as likely to mean build-your-own burger.The gourmet burger trend first arrived locally about a year ago, when Todd Rizzo (of Rizzo Ford fame) left the car business to open Ozzi’s Steakburger in Warwick. At Ozzi’s (a Best of Rhode Island…

What the Hell Should I Order?

I admit it. I loved reading Times critic Frank Bruni’s reviews. Not only is he an incredibly entertaining writer, but he could be unabashedly brutal. Hey, it’s New York — they’ve got to live up to that whole if-you-can-make-it-here-you-can-make-it-anywhere mantra. Before Bruni stepped down from his post as Kingmaker to promote his new book, Born Round, he left his loyal…

All-You-Can-Eat (Gourmet?) Chicken

Rhode Island seems ripe for road trips lately. Not only did the Food Network’s Guy Fieri point his ’67 Camaro in our direction, visiting Louis, Liberty Elm and Crazy Burger for his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" (read more about that here), but the folks at Gourmet have also trekked to our fair state for their August Road Food column….

Get Your Drink On at Tina's Jamaican

One of the best parts of working on the Best of issue — on newsstands now! — is getting some great recommendations from the other editors of new places to try. Be it a spa, restaurant or boutique, I have never been disappointed when checking out a Best of winner for the first time. So I was excited to try…

Local Food Fest Recap

 At last night’s Local Food Fest, it was awe-inspiring to see so many of the chefs, farmers and producers we keep tabs on and frequently cover in the magazine (And food e-newsletter, The Dish. And our Twitter account @TheDishRI.) serve their fantastic food all in one place. And one gorgeous place at that: Castle Hill Inn & Resort’s expertly manicured oceanfront lawn.The main draw? Generous (think app rather than amuse…

Rhode Island Goes Primetime on the Food Network

There was a lot of commotion outside beloved greasy spoon (and tried and true Brown hangover cure) Louis Restaurant this morning. The ProJo was there, Channel 10 was there (complete with a parking ticket tucked under the wiper for straddling the sidewalk), oh, and we were there. We’ll go anywhere that serves food. The crowd hadn’t gathered at the old-school…

Weekend Recommender: Food Edition

Providence is going to look like one giant food fest this weekend. Don’t miss these hunger pang-inducing events:  Rhode Island’s World of Flavors CompetitionJuly 12, 1-6 p.m., $50. Providence Skating Center, Kennedy Plaza, Providence More than thirty restaurants representing a diverse mix of cuisines – Mediterranean, American, Asian, etc. – offer samples in a quest to win the audience-decided awards for the best…

Dishing Daily on Twitter

Inspired by the popularity of our monthly food and dining e-newsletter, The Dish (18,000 subscribers and counting!), we decided it was time to step it up a bit. You’ll now find up-to-the-minute food news, deals and observations served up daily via Twitter @TheDishRI.  Click here to view our updates! 

Sunglasses required

Our July issue is out with a guide to summer in Rhode Island as the cover story, which, you know, seemed reasonable back when we were planning it, because usually by July it IS summer. Be that as it may, here’s a web-exclusive tie in. (That’s a nice way of saying some info that didn’t make the cut for the…

It's summer!

… obviously. That’s why it’s still pouring rain outside. Apparently New England has lost the "New" and become just like the country I grew up in. Which, quite frankly, is not why I moved here. Well, at least there’s hot soup. I tried the Mexican soup menudo for the first time last week, and while I was too chicken to…