Diner’s Update

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…

“Man v. Food” in R.I.?

Last week I got a call from a scout at the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food,” feeling out Rhode Island as a possible location for an upcoming show. (I said possible, so don’t get too excited yet.) For those of you who haven’t seen the show, here’s a two-word synopsis: pure gluttony. Host Adam Richman (not to be confused with…

Restaurants Where They Call You “Honey”

When I moved to Rhode Island last year, I developed a fleeting devotion to the Subway down the block from our office. It was the way the employees asked for my order: “What are you having, honey?” “Toasted, honey?” A bit homesick in a new place at a new job, I found it sweetly nostalgic. “Honey” conjured memories of childhood…

Get Your Drink on in Boston

What makes a bar worth traveling an hour for? Here’s a hint: no contrived drink menus, no visible bottles (thank God, enough with the dozen-plus varieties of Stoli on display), and no barkeeps who push appletinis as their signature drink. At chef Barbara Lynch’s newish subterranean Fort Point watering hole, Drink, in South Boston, the cocktail is celebrated — and…

Stalking the Perfect Parsnip

Locavores say we should only eat food that’s locally grown, which is easy enough in the summer. But what about the wintry depths of February? One woman rises to the culinary challenge.

The New Oxford American Dictionary named “locavore” the word of the year for 2007. Not so long ago, we just had to be green. But locavores are far more demanding. Coined in 2005 by four women in San Francisco, locavores propose that people should eat food grown within a 100-mile radius of where they live. They urge consumers to buy…