Diner’s Update

Fat Belly's Providence

It’s another small local chain, and perhaps the best of the bunch: Fat Belly’s Pub has opened its fourth location in downtown Providence, in the old 3 Steeple Street space. It’s the fourth outpost for six-year-old Fat Belly’s, joining pubs in East Greenwich, Warwick and Wakefield. I’m no expert, but I figure that makes it the fastest-growing restaurant chain, and…

Buying Power

I love age-old debates. My personal favorite: Is the customer always right? This delicious little gem of a topic once again took center stage in a New York Times trend piece on chefs taking an increasingly hard-line with customers. No ketchup. No parties larger than six. No decaf coffee.   Judging from the number of comments, it’s a hot topic….

Wings at the Winter Festival

I’m not usually happy about pouring rain on a Friday, but considering this could be snow, I’ll take it. Maybe there was actually some merit to Punxsutawney Phil predicting an early spring this year. I’m joking of course; there’s a chance for a couple inches of snow starting tomorrow night and ending Sunday morning….No matter the weather, Newport’s Winter Festival…

Nouveau Rue!

An exciting tidbit for our little corner of Providence: A new Rue is coming.It’s official. Restaurateur Deborah Norman is adding another bistro to the Rue family. Norman says she expects her newest venture, Baker Street Rue, to open its doors Feb. 21 (yay President’s Day!). Baker Street Rue, to be located at 75 Baker St. off Allen’s Avenue, will be…

Mad for Mole in Newport

I finally made it to Perro Salado in Newport, and if my margarita-muddled mind serves me correctly it was pretty damn good. No surprises there given that our restaurant critic, Karen Deutsch, awarded the modern Mexican restaurant three and a half stars back in December (if you follow Karen’s work, she’s not exactly liberal with the stars).Personally, they had me…

Bloody Mary For Me, Please

A killer brunch at Bravo

Without a doubt my favorite meal to eat out is breakfast.I worked at a breakfast restaurant for close to seven years — serving breakfast to other people is nowhere near as enjoyable as eating it yourself.After serving my girls a couple of ready-made chocolate chip waffles (did I mention that I worked as a waitress in a breakfast joint, not…

A Spicy Snow Day

I was driving in Providence yesterday when a guy ran into the street to dump some snow he was shoveling from his sidewalk. Clearly, the snow’s getting ridiculous and I know I’m not the only one who’s sick of it already. There’s even a snow bank on my street that’s taller than me…. Echoing Jen from yesterday, I focus primarily…

Bluefin Grille at the Marriott – believe it!

If you’ve spent time on Block Island you know that Eli’s is one of the best restaurants there, and one reason for that is Melissa Puglia. While still a sous chef, she came up with the tuna nachos appetizer that is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, and she helmed the kitchen for five or so years after that, bringing…

Rhode Island's Greatest Dish…Ever

I’m a huge fan of all the end-of-year lists — best movies of 2010, the year in quotes, the year in pictures, the best fiction, the best non-fiction, and on and on and on. Some of my favorite lists — surprise! — involve one of my favorite subjects: food. All the big-city critics (and bloggers) mull the hottest new restaurants…

Avenue N…and Opening a Restaurant

Just got back from a tour of Avenue N, Nick and Tracy Rabar’s soon-to-open restaurant in Rumford Center. The space, which is adjacent to Seven Stars, is a still a shell — no walls, no floors, no plumbing, no fixtures — but the duo have a plan (not to mention funding, design and, as of last night, a full liquor…