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May 23, 2017
As the days get longer and the air gets warmer, Rhode Islanders everywhere are heading to the beach. Whether you just looking to get some sun, or you’re trying to catch a wave, Misquamicut is a classic beach locale. With food, fun and so much more, it’s the perfect early summer destination.
It should be no surprise that Misquamicut’s main pull is none other than its pristine beach. With more than half a mile of waterfront, there’s plenty of room for playing in the sand or splashing in the waves. The beach is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including outdoor showers, composting toilets and numerous pavilions. If it’s a beautiful weekend, get there early to snag a spot in the parking lot–it can fill up on some summer days. 257 Atlantic Ave.
If you (or your young’ins) are tired of the beach, head over to Water Wizz. The water park is stocked with numerous slides of all sizes and thrill levels. Adventurous kids can ride the on of the Super Speed Slides, which are over fifty feet tall. Children looking for more laid-back thrills can ride the Little Dipper, with its gentle twists and turns. With more than 1000 feet of slides, youngsters will be entertained for the rest of the day. 328 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, 322-0520, www.waterwizzri.com
Whether you spent the day out on the beach or at the water park, you’re probably going to be looking for a way to cool off. What better way than a cone of frozen deliciousness? The Original Dusty’s Dairy Bar has got the works, from opulent sundaes to standard soft and hard ice cream. If you’re a fan of toppings, they have a huge variety, from Swedish fish to peanut butter cups. Sit back, enjoy a cone and take in the creamery’s charming retro ambiance, candy-striped awnings and all. 323 Atlantic Ave., Westerly, 322-2663. (more…)
May 11, 2017
By Dana Saccoccio
Is there any better way to start your sunny Sunday than with a delicious blend of sweet and savory (with a side of mimosa, of course)? Indulge yourself this weekend and make your Saturday or Sunday morning something special. Take a drive to explore a few of our favorite places to brunch.
This warm and welcoming eatery has a menu that is sure to satisfy the most extravagant brunchy desires. With locations in Cranston, East Greenwich and Narragansett, T’s has everything from thick slices of traditional Texas-style French toast to garden omelets stuffed with green papers, bell mushrooms and garden-fresh tomatoes. Take the family and enjoy your Sunday morning or afternoon at T’s. 1059 Park Ave., Cranston, 946-5900; 5600 Post Rd., East Greenwich, 398-7877; 91 Point Judith Rd., Narragansett, 284-3981. tsrestaurantri.com
Experience the Ocean State’s coastline as you drive under the nearby Narragansett Casino’s historic castle-like archway. Stroll along the seawall until you meet a quaint white building adorned with a hanging anchor. With the Coast Guard House’s dual brunch/lunch menu, there’s something to settle the cravings of any foodie. Indulge in lobster scramble, where eggs laced with lobster will blow away your taste buds. They also have sumptuous dishes like sunny mac ‘n’ cheese and smoked salmon BLT. No matter what you choose, you can’t make a bad decision when it comes to brunch at the Coast Guard House. 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 789-0700. thecoastguardhouse.com
In the heart of the Creative Capital, the Duck and Bunny makes every day Buncherday (okay, maybe we just made up Bruncherday, but it should be a thing). This trendy snuggery is home to a sweet menu that offers treats of all varieties. In addition to a wide array of teas and coffees, they make some deliciously refreshing (more…)
April 21, 2017
Feeling nostaglic about your golden years spent in college? Whether you went to PC, RISD, Brown, Johnson and Wales or URI’s Providence campus, an afternoon spent strolling through College Hill’s scenic streets is sure to bring back memories. Even if you didn’t attend one of these fine educational institutions, you still will enjoy a day of rubbing shoulders with Rhode Island’s youth. Whether it be dining or fun, College Hill has it all.
RISD Museum of Art
College is all about learning, and what better place to discover more about the world than a museum? Head over to the RISD Museum of Art, which houses a long-term collection containing more than 86,000 works of art. It also has a number of special exhibitions that showcase an array of cultures and media from contemporary clothing to ancient objects. 224 Benefit St., Providence, 401-454-6500, risdmuseum.org.
2nd Time Around
Thrifty college students are always looking for good deals, so why not join them in the hunt? Second Time Around offers top-name brands at affordable prices, and features frequent-buyer cards and online accounts so customers can track their sales in real time. With various locations throughout the Northeast, that frequent-buyer card might (read: definitely will) come in handy. 294 Thayer St., Providence, 401-455-2050, secondtimearound.net.
East Side Pockets
East Side Pockets is the quintessential college eatery: cheap, delicious and packed with cozy charm. It’s a place where drowsy college students’ and polished businessmen’s worlds mesh over falafel. And boy is it good falafel. Load your pocket with hummus, tzatziki, turnip pickles and your source of protein, including beef, lamb, chicken or falafel. 278 Thayer St., Providence, 401-453-1100, eastsidepocket.com.
The Avon Cinema showcases a weekly indie film, which is usually shown at night. Our suggestion? Make an evening of it with dinner and a movie. Before the show, bask in the theater’s classic Art Deco architecture, which dates from its construtciont in 1938. They don’t make movie theaters like this anymore, folks. 260 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-3315, avoncinema.com.
Kabob and Curry
College is a chance to have some international experiences, and Kabob and Curry is a perfect opportunity. For dinner (or lunch for that matter), chow down on a lot more than just the title dishes: Try chicken korma, a lamb samosa or a variety of other dishes. Sip an Indian beer, enjoy some great quality food and admire the vibrant decor. 261 Thayer St, Providence, 401-273-8844, indianrestaurantsri.com.
Brown’s Grad Center Bar
Finish off the night in classic college style: at a bar. The Grad Center Bar is open to all Brown students, present or past, but if you’re not lucky enough to call yourself an alum, you can pay a five dollar cover to get in. Enjoy affordable beers and play a game or two of pool. They also have a sizable collection of board games if that’s more your style. 90 Thayer St., Providence, 401-421-0270 brown.edu.
April 7, 2017
For the smallest state, Rhode Island sure has a big brew scene. From the brewery-littered Blackstone Valley to the brewpubs of Providence, there are plenty of chances to drink locally. And what better excuse than National Beer Day? Check out these five options for some delicious brews made by bonafide Rhode Islanders:
Ragged Island may be the newest brewery to the scene, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch. Although there’s an ever-changing selection of beers, there are often a couple of IPAs on tap for hopheads. Their TwoTree and TwoTree Mosaic are a couple of the more popular IPAs, with bright citrusy notes and plenty of body. For residents of East Bay, this might be your closest option for local brews. Open Fri. 4-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-6 p.m.
For a brewery that’s embraced its local roots, look no further than Foolproof. With beers with names like Backyahd, there’s no forgetting Foolproof is Rhody born and bred. They also have a number of other beers with local inspiration, such as the Shuckolate, which incorporates the ever popular oyster into a chocolate stout. On the lighter side of the spectrum, they’ve recently released the Grotto, and IPA with tropical, fruity flavors. Open Thurs.–Fri. 4–7 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. 1–6 p.m. foolproofbrewing.com
Probably the most famous brewpub in the state, Trinity Brewhouse has a handful of made-in-house beers on tap in their downstairs bar. Popular with theater-goers (as the name implies Trinity Rep is right next door) and college students, this brewpub has earned its fame for more than just its great downtown location. With rich stouts (How can you go wrong with a name like Darkness?) and extreme IPAs, beer fans of any persuasion will find a fit here. Open Sun.–Thurs. until 1 a.m. and Fri.–Sat. until 2 a.m. trinitybrewhouse.com
Revival and Brutopia
Brutopia and Revival offer a double whammy of beer-filled goodness: A brewpub and brewery have combined forces to become a brew-titan. If you’re hungry, sit down at Brutopia, grab some pulled pork nachos and a pitcher of exceptional beers. Revival Brewery crafts a unique selection of beers for Brutopia, however they also offer some of their widely available classics, like the Conga IPA or White Electric Coffee Stout through the brewpub. If you’d like to see how the beer is made, head downstairs (it’s Revival’s headquarters) and sample beers in the midst of their brewing operations. Brutopia open Sun.–Thurs. at 11:30 a.m – 11 p.m and Fri.–Sat. at 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. brutopiabrewery.com
Tilted Barn Brewery
This brewery’s farmside location is no gimmick; Tilted Barn Brewery grows its own hops (and a variety of other ingredients that they add to their brews) on the premises, which might account for why their beers have so much flavor. This is Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, although considering how spectacular the libations, it wouldn’t be surprising if a bevy of other breweries followed their lead. Open Fri. 5-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-4 p.m. Visit tiltedbarnbrewery.com
March 30, 2017
By Caitlyn Federico
Spring is finally here! We’ve set our clock forward, seen temperatures break fifty degrees and maybe even driven with the windows down. Not only have we entered the season, but Rhode Island has as well. All across the state, activities of every kind have begun to kick off the start of the season.
La Gondola in Providence will open April 1 for its 2017 season. Without even leaving the state, you can experience a little bit of Venice. Whether you want a romantic evening, a night out with friends or just a unique view of the capital city, a ride in these authentic Venetian gondolas should do the trick. 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, 421-8877, gondolari.com.
Ghost Tours of Newport
For those who like the spooky, hair-raising, blood-pumping version of fun, the Ghost Tours of Newport are for you. The Olde Town Ghost Tour begins this Saturday, April 1st at 8pm. This lantern-led tour through historic Newport takes you down dimly lit lanes to discover the ghosts and the haunted legends of the city. 25 Americas Cup Avenue, Newport, ghostsofnewport.com.
New to Rhode Island, Rail Explorers lets you experience the outdoors in a unusual way. Pedal specially designed ‘carts’, on the railroad tracks along Narragansett Bay. The ‘Northern Ramble’ track takes you by beautiful waterfront estates, the Newport Preservation Society Topiary Gardens and the Audubon Society Nature Preserve. The ‘Southern Circuit,’ starting at Portsmouth Grove Station, is set to open in July. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588, railexplorers.net.
Federal Hill Culinary History Tour
For the Italian in all of us, the Federal Hill Culinary History Tour has two tour options that any foodie would love. In the first tour option, Walter Potenza, master chef and historian, will give you a taste of Federal Hill’s history and food. You will learn culinary terminology, product information, how to shop and how to store food. During the tour, you will also be able to meet the people who make Federal Hill’s dining so special . The tour ends with a visit to the Federal Hill Heritage Center Photo Exhibit, which features images of the first Italian Immigration. The second tour option allows you to participate in a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch or dinner. The tour season will begin April 2. 286 Atwells Ave., Providence, 273-2652, federalhilltours.com.
Rustic Tri View Drive-In
Who wouldn’t love to open their trunk, snuggle into some blankets and watch a movie on a giant screen with a little fresh air? There’s no better place to kick back and watch a movie than at the Rustic Tri View Drive-In. This authentic 1950s facility has three screens with two consecutive feature films played on each. Gather a group of friends and, starting in April, watch all the newest films in the comfort of your own car. 1195 Eddie Dowling Hwy., North Smithfield, 484-5452, yourneighborhoodtheatre.com.
C And L Stables in Goddard Park
C and L Stables offers beachside horseback riding through eighteen miles of scenic trails in Goddard Park. Enjoy views of East Greenwich Bay while you ride. With docile horses and trails for many experience levels, it‘s a comfortable experience for everyone, even beginners. Reservations are not required but are appreciated. 1095 Ives Rd., Warwick, 886-5246, candlstables.info.
Warzone Paintball and Airsoft
Warzone is Rhode Island’s only outdoor paintball and airsoft field. It is home to more than thirty-five acres of land containing villages, forts, bunkers and trenches. Warzone takes parties, although you can come as an individual and join the fun. All equipment and ammo is provided for you, and there are referees to ensure you’re playing safely and by the rules. 320 Shermantown Road, Saunderstown, 228-6366, warzoneri.com.
March 28, 2017
By Dana Saccoccio
If you’re looking for a night on the town, Providence has some great spots to grab a drink or dance the night away. There is no wrong way to spend your weekend, but there is a best way. Party the stress of the workweek away with our insider tips.
Hanley’s Ale House
Hanley’s is the college student’s thirsty Thursday dream, girls eighteen plus get in for free! With Johnson and Wales University, Providence College and Rhode Island College just around the corner, you are sure to spot some campus gear. Expect great top-charting music and lots of dancing. Keep in mind, the Thursday crowd can get a little heavy. If you’re looking for a bit more room on the dance floor, check it out on a Friday or Saturday. You might have to pay a cover, but you won’t have to push through the crowds. Oh, and we can’t forget about the custom beer pong tables. Take your pong partner and play for fun, or come in on a Monday to play for cash! 52 Pine St., Providence, 861-0001. hanleysalehouse.com
Point Street Dueling Piano
Another Thursday dream, but sorry kids — this one is twenty-one plus. You can’t go wrong with $4 shots, $5 drinks and no cover (Thursday nights only). There is a cover on Friday and Saturday, with a little more of an expensive menu, but the experience is definitely worth it. Two pianists battle it out on stage with whatever song you request. From “All The Small Things” by Blink-182 to “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, you are in for a night of laughing and singing. It’s a great place to go if you are celebrating a birthday! Get your friends on stage and embarrass them; we promise it is quality entertainment. 3 Davol Sq., Providence, 270-7828. pointstreetpianos.com
If you are looking to plan a bachelorette party, Rebel Lounge is just the place. Ladies night is every Friday. If you want to be a VIP, all you have to do is call ahead. With upscale decor and endless drink options, Rebel is a great place to spend your Friday or Saturday. Thursday nights are eighteen plus, but the crowd is never too wild! 50 Exchange Terrace, Providence, 228-3777. rebelri.com
The Whiskey Republic
How can you go wrong with half-price apps to start your weekend? Beers are $2 on Thursdays, and Saturdays are full of night parties. Start your Sunday off right with $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys until 3 p.m. An amazing weekend story waits at Whisky Republic. 15 Bridge St., Providence, 588-5158. thewhiskeyrepublic.com
Ogie’s Trailer Park
Trendsetters wanted! This hipster bar is a great place to take a date. Ogie’s Trailer Park’s vibe is an upscale one. You wouldn’t expect less from the creative capital. Equipped with seasonal cocktails, an outdoor picnic tables and fire pits, it’s a great place to sit and get to know someone. The food menu is full of gluten free and vegan options with countless home-style treats! 1155 Westminster St., Providence, 383-8200. ogiestrailerpark.com
If you are in the mood for something a bit more low key, try Thayer Street’s Kartabar. In the heart of Brown University, enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and an excellent martini menu. You have to try the S’mores Martini; it comes with your own personal fire right on your drink — complete with a marshmallow for toasting. The food menu has loads of options if you’d like to make your happy hour an app-y one. 284 Thayer St., Providence, 331-8111. kartabar.com
March 9, 2017
We took a handful of your favorite places for fish and chips and sifted through them for the most popular. The pattern: it seems pizzerias often make some mean seafood. Who knew? Anyways, here are ten of the best fish-and-chipperies according to you:
Served only on Fridays, Arcadia’s fish are guaranteed fresh. You can also try some of their tasty pizzas: Try the prosciutto and arugula. arcadia.pizza
George’s of Galilee
With fresh native flounder (or haddock if you’d prefer), these fish and chips are prepared with traditional English batter. georgesofgalilee.com
Lil and Gene’s Restaurant
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