Food & Drink Feature

Rooftop Bars

Savor the View: 5 Rooftop Bars

Coast Guard House 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 789-0700, thecoastguardhouse.com Hurricane Sandy forced this Rhody favorite into renovations, including some pretty sweet new digs like a dining room with panoramic windows and a roof deck overlooking the crashing waves of Narragansett Bay (roof deck opens in May). The Coast Guard House is open year-round and offers buck-a-shuck oysters Mon.−Fri. from 3−6…

Live Music Dive Bars

You don’t have to dress up to get down at these local dive bars. But you’d better wear your dancing shoes.

The Parlour Address: 1119 North Main St., Providence, 383-5858, theparlourri.com The Scene: The state’s greatest musicians listen and play at this intimate hole in the wall by the Providence/Pawtucket line. The Bands: Browse the schedule and see a mash-up of musical styles, from Monday night reggae to energetic local acts like the Horse Eyed Men, Consuelo’s Revenge and others. Insider’s…

Brew Basics

Rhode Island’s artisan coffee scene is getting more robust. When you want to linger over a good strong cup, these shops sweeten the already potent pot.

Brewed Awakenings Johnston, Cranston, Wakefield, Warwick, brewedcoffeeshop.com The K’la Frozen Mocha rivals a certain spot's frappe-whatchamacallit. The crunchy and crumbly cinnamon coffee cake muffin guarantees a swirl of cinnamon in every bite.   Coffee Depot 501 Main St., Warren, 608-2553 A creamy caramel latte (brewed with New Harvest beans). A Foremost Baking Company honey almond croissant, designed like a honeycomb…

Flan

Wine bar serves up Andalusian flair without pretension.

Diego Luis Perez mans the bar. 186 Union St., Providence, 432-6656. Wheelchair accessibility is doubtful; most tables are high. Street parking. Capacity Just more than forty split between the bar proper and the dining room (which is also the kitchen). Vibe Spanish bar in the heart of the Andalusian countryside — so remote that they refuse to give you a…

Breakfast in Rhode Island

We flipped out over stacks of pancakes; sampled eggs scrambled, fried, poached, baked, stuffed with cheese and whipped into frittatas; and bit into bacon both crisp and flimsy — all in the name of finding the best spots for morning meals in our state.

With assistance by Jamie Samons, Leigh Vincola, Sarah Francis, Joshua Aromin, Lilli Paknis and Carla Aveledo Toad in the hole at the Cooked Goose. Potential T-Swift Sighting: The Cooked Goose The coffee’s not the only thing buzzing at this quaint Westerly spot: According to tabloids, last July, Taylor Swift’s bodyguards created a minor scene to prevent other diners from photographing…

Brunch Brigade

Where to enjoy the halfway point between breakfast and lunch.

Eggnog pancake made with Arruda's Dairy eggnog at Eli's Kitchen. Eli’s Kitchen 40 Market St., Warren, 245-1809, eliskitchenwarren.com When: Sat. 9 a.m.−4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.−2 p.m. The Scene: Making friends over breakfast is a thing at Eli’s Kitchen. It’s a place where hometown fixtures befriend first-timers at the chef’s counter and community table (don’t feel left out by the…

Food Lovers' Guide

From local goods to multicultural ingredients, you can shop like a chef with our guide to the best food stores, farm stands, gourmet and ethnic markets. Plus, meet the state’s best purveyors, and score recipes for the perfect Thanksgiving feast.

Edited by Jamie Coelho Reporting assistance by Jamie Samons and Ashlyn Lillibridge Asian Market Tour Ingredient hunting in Providence and Cranston. Asian Market Tour Ingredient hunting in Providence and Cranston.We always wanted to shop Asian markets for little-known herbs and sauces for Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese cooking, but where to begin? For help along our adventure, we enlisted James…

Plenty of Room

A British woman’s first Thanksgiving feast, enjoyed amongst international students, turns out to be more traditional than she thought.

At first, my husband, Charlie, calls the undertaking a “nice lunch” for “a couple of students.” It doesn’t seem like a huge deal. I fancy trying my hand at roasting a whole turkey, something that is usually set aside for the Christmas feast back in England and, until now, solely the job of my mum. You see, I’m a British…

Cook Up a Sizzling Turkey Dinner

Local chefs reveal tried-and-true recipes for your family dinner.

Traditional Turkey Dawn Brooks-Rapp of Acacia Cafe food truck and kitchen shares her recipe for citrus-and-tea brined and maple butter glazed turkey. Last fall, the chef gave a turkey brining demonstration at the Mount Hope Farm farmers market to much applause. She began assembling and selling her brining kits ($15) to help customers recreate the experience at home. The kits…

28 Best Seafood Restaurants in Rhode Island

Hemenway’s What to Order: Who says the business lunch is dead? Go with a group and share the Shellfish Tower (serves four to six) bedecked with local oysters plucked from New England shores, littleneck clams, cold baby lobster, jumbo shrimp cocktail and the kicker, Alaskan King Crab legs. Just two of you? The shellfish platter will do. What’s Special: We…