Wine and Dine
Wine & Dine
Do you hate food shopping? Cooking? Good news: these places will do the job for you, sometimes even for free.
A surprising number of grocery stores go above and beyond stocking and checking out. Here are a few that offer more services.
2575 E. Main Road, Portsmouth
Clements’ will schlep your groceries to your home in Portsmouth or Tiverton (a $5.99 service with orders of $100 or more; otherwise it’s $8.95). If you’re visiting the store, they’ll carry your bags to your car.
165 Pitman Street, Providence
At Eastside Marketplace, they’ll not only lug your groceries to your car (just pull up to the outdoor area labeled parcel pick up), they’ll also do home delivery: $10 charge for same-day service within two miles; the same service is $7.50 if you don’t mind ordering the day before. Just fax in your list (831-7815) or email it to Kmoreau@East
Got milk? You will, and a lot more, after ordering from Munroe Dairy. The milk they sell is very fresh and free of growth hormones. They also offer organic eggs, fresh bread, juice, meats, ground coffee, vegetables and frozen meals. And they’ll deliver almost anywhere in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Order online, 24/7. If you’re not home when the delivery arrives, they’ll leave it packed in ice. Minimum order is $10, and there’s a $1.15 service charge. Don’t forget the monthly specials (two kinds of tiramisu for $24.99 and something called Chocolate Heaven, $8.49, the day we checked).
70 Brown Street, Wickford
Ryan’s will deliver your groceries one day a week, Wednesday, if you phone your order in on Tuesday. Delivery is available to North and South Kingstown, and East Greenwich. They’ll also assemble your grocery
order if you call it in, have it waiting for you and bring it to your car.
Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop delivers through their Internet affiliate, Peapod. Call their 800 number to order, or if you get a craving for Ben and Jerry’s at two in the morning, you can order it on the company’s website, which also offers coupons and specials. Minimum order is $50. For orders over $100 there’s a $6.95 fee; under $100, it’s $9.95.
They’ll only carry your bags. But sometimes that’s enough.
600 Kingstown Road, Wakefield
125 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown
100 Franklin Street, Westerly
Whole Foods Market
601 N. Main Street, Providence
261 Waterman Street, Providence 272-1690, wholefoods.com
Gourmet meals delivered
Shopping for food isn’t your problem. Cooking it is. Do you dream of someone else doing KP duty? These folks can help.
Café de Vie
3 Richmond Square, Providence
454 1373, cafedevie.com
Café de Vie delivers all the items on its extensive menu to locations in the Providence area. At the cost of two dollars for locations on the East Side and a bit extra for deliveries farther afield in the city, you can enjoy a plate of their lobster ravioli topped with tomato, mascarpone cream sauce and two jumbo shrimp without having to leave your home. In the mood for a quick bite? The Café also has an excellent selection of sandwiches, salads and Sicilian-style pizzas.
Cilantro Mexican Grill
127 Weybosset Street, Providence
Giant burritos and not-as-giant tacos are the specialty here, all freshly made to order with a variety of tempting salsas to choose from, like their medium-heat corn and mango concoction. Service is quick, but if you don’t have time, they’ll deliver a $10 minimum order anywhere downtown.
Minerva Pizza House
20 South Angell Street, Providence
For just a buck, Minerva’s will deliver on the East Side of Providence, generally in the area between Wickenden Street and Pawtucket Avenue. Don’t let the name fool you: Minerva’s also offers chicken wings, calzones and Mediterranean food.
Kabob and Curry on Thayer Street (try the naninis and rice pudding) and Cassarino’s on Atwells Avenue are but two of fourteen restaurants for whom this service delivers tasty meals to your door. (You can also order Thai, Chinese, Mexican and Japanese, plus cakes from Gregg’s.) There’s a $10 food minimum plus a $4.95 delivery charge.
136 Broadway, Newport
For a $50 minimum order, Portabella will deliver anywhere in the Newport/Middletown area for $5. They have an awesome array of gourmet Italian specialties, including entrees (Marsala-marinated pork chops and lasagna are faves), sandwiches, appetizers, soups and salads.
The Sandwich Hut
1253 N. Main Street, Providence
Sandwich Hut’s deluxe meatball cheese sandwich is a favorite, but the Italian deli goes one better here with fresh mozzarella, red bliss potato salad, grilled chicken and veggies, and fajita wraps. On Fridays you can even get fancy omelets (prosciutto and pepperoni!) and white chowder. They’ll deliver a $60 minimum order for free within the Providence/Pawtucket area.
Liquor stores that deliver
These vendors will deliver whatever you want straight to your door (or dock).
Bellevue Wine and Spirits
Bellevue Avenue Shopping Center, Newport
846-7993 (877-438-5667 out of state), bellevuewinespirits.com
This store specializes in catering to boat owners and has an extensive wine, champagne and beer selection, plus gift baskets and cigars. Bartending service is available. They offer free delivery to your B and B, hotel or boat if it’s at a local dock.
Campus Fine Wines
127 Brook Street, Providence
With a fabulous range of sakes, this company also claims the largest selection of
organic and biodynamic wines in Rhode Island. And they have a great selection of all the other kinds, too. They’ll deliver anywhere in Rhode Island for $5; free delivery with an order of $500 of more.
361 Atwells Avenue, Providence
Famous for its Italian selection, this Federal Hill institution carries cordials, grappas and nearly 1,800 wines, including 900 from all twenty wine-making regions in Italy. They offer free delivery anywhere in Rhode Island.
The Savory Grape
247 Main Street, East Greenwich
This store carries a wide selection of high-quality, competitively priced wines and spirits. With a minimum order of $50, delivery is free to East Greenwich, Cowesett and Apponaug.
Town Wine and Spirits
179 Newport Avenue, East Providence
With more than 300 single malts, all kinds of custom gift baskets, and one dazzling cigar selection, this store delivers to all of Rhode Island: $10 to the metro area, $15 to $20 to outlying areas.
The Village Place
999 Main Street, Hope Valley
This shop carries an impressive selection of bourbons and single malt scotches, plus wines and regional beers. Delivery is available with a $50 minimum order, although the store sometimes delivers free to people with special needs (a local retirement center is full of happy customers).