Diner’s Update

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…

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…