Diner’s Update

Float Your Boat

Bummed about the endless rain we’ve been getting? Try some sweet relief in the form of a free root beer float.In honor of the chain’s 90th birthday, today from 2 to 8 p.m., Rhode Island residents can grab a free small float (served frosty cold and straight from the tap) at the Smithfield A&W restaurant located at 460 Putnam Pike. The only A&W in…

Lunch at the Flats

I’ve always been a fan of Tortilla Flats. It’s the perfect neighborhood hangout — great crowd, super laid back vibe, drink prices even a starving artist can swallow. When I lived on the East Side, I found myself perched on a stool there maybe once a week (with friends, of course). I went through a Pacifico phase, followed by a…

Mojito Mojo

Today’s pop question is: which city in Florida is closer to Havana than it is to Miami? The answer is…drum roll, please… Key West, a colorful, artsy outpost of 30,000 dangling at the end of the Keys, just ninety miles from Cuba. No surprise then, that there’s a sizable ex-pat Cuban population here, and one of its tastiest outposts is…

GQ Hearts Providence Pizza

Finally the world knows what we at RIM have known all along: Providence produces some damn good pizza. Well, to be fair, the world has known about the to-die-for free-form grilled pies coming out of Al Forno’s kitchen for decades, but now another smaller star is getting it’s doughy due: Bob & Timmy’s, a twenty-five seater just off Atwells with…

Miss you Mex

It’s Monday, which is always, always the day that I think I’d like to get a lunchtime huarache from the little Mexican take-out place tucked improbably in a parking lot near where I work. (A huarache is a long, oval shaped cornmeal flatbread topped with yummy stuff like refried beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese and cilantro. It’s sort of the made-to-order…

Rhode Islanders Away From Home: Bivalve Edition

It probably won’t surprise you that there are 33 different varieties of oysters on the menu at the glamorously retro Oyster Bar in the equally glamorous Grand Central Station in New York City.Our waiter advises us that they serve 5,000 of these babies every day and they hail from such exotic locations as Long Island, Virginia and Prince Edward Island…

All This for Fifty Cents

Well, it’s not the dreamiest weather for Dunkin Donuts’  50-cent Iced Coffee Day, but don’t let that stop you! A nickel of your purchase goes to a fantastic cause, Homes for Our Troops, plus it’s fun to get stuff cheap. (As Courtney here says, there’s something about a bargain that makes you feel like you’re beating the system, really sticking…

Breakfast in Warren Served Sunnyside Up

East Bayers were collectively disappointed when Three Rivers, the breakfast and lunch hot spot on Water Street in Warren, closed its doors late last year. Where else were they going to go for unique breakfast offerings and beautiful waterfront vistas? Plans to re-open the restaurant in another location have since been halted and the former chef is now lending his…

And so this is happy hour…

But there’s no two-drinks-for-the-price-of-one in Rhode Island (blame RI General Law 3-7-26 –– they really need to listen to Ted Hawkins up on Capitol Hill). But that doesn’t mean bars and restaurants won’t sweeten the deal to lure customers unwinding after work. It’s just that here, they have to offer discounts on food, not booze, to get people in. Call…

Restaurant Week Mania

It’s a busy time for area restaurants, with Newport, Narragansett, and Boston all currently hosting their own versions of Restaurant Week.Foodies seem to divide into two camps when it comes to Restaurant Week dining. One sect avoids it at all costs, likening the experience to amateur hour (Chowhound is filled with RW treatises on everything from rushed service and clueless fellow diners…