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Vegetarian, Diabetes & Digestive Disorders
by Alica London

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The Lobster Pot, 119-121 Hope Street, Bristol
by Bob Mariani

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A Taste Of India
by Alica London

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Cancer Help
by Alica London

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Café Nordstrom
by Brian J. Lowney

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Celebrating Valentine's Day!!
by Alica London

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The Purple Cat Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Cardiovascular Disease and Vegetarianism
by Alica London

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Kabob and Cur
by Bob Mariani

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Quizno’s Subs
by Brian J. Lowney

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Valentine Ideas!
by Alica London

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Portabel
by Bob Mariani

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Romantic Vegetarians, Anytime
by Alica London

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Café Nuo
by Bob Mariani

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What's In Season This Month
by Alica London

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Haruki Ea
by Bob Mariani

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Helpful Hints For Valentine's Day
by Alica London

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The Capital Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Trinity Brewhouse
by Brian J. Lowney

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Longhorn Steakhouse
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Many Faces of a Leek
by Alica London

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The Providence Oyster B
By Bob Mariani

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Great Asparagus Ideas
by Alica London

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Jack’s Family Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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What You Didn't Know About Parsnips
by Alica London

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Redlefsen’s Rotisserie & Gri
By Bob Mariani

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Farmstead Fine Cheeses and Unique Edibles
by Brian J. Lowney

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All About Artichokes
by Alica London

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The Canfield Hou
by Bob Mariani

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Amy’s Place
by Brian J. Lowney

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Mustard Greens
by Alica London

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Kartab
by Bob Mariani

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Glorious Greens
by Alica London

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Le Bistro Newpo
by Bob Mariani

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A Great Time For Kale
by Alica London

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Providence Pri
by Bob Mariani

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Ruffuls
by Brian J. Lowney

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Watercress, a healthy treat
by Alica London

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The Downstairs Bist
by Bob Mariani

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A Favorite Green- Spinach
by Alica London

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Caffe It
by Bob Mariani

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3 Steeple Street
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Mystery of a Melon
by Alica London

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Lot 4
by Bob Mariani

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Chelo’s Hometown Bar and Grille
by Brian J. Lowney

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Salads That Make a Meal
by Alica London

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The Blue Fin Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Tofu
by Alica London

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The King’s Fea
by Bob Mariani

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Peas in Springtime
by Alica London

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Upcoming Events
by Bob Mariani

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Lighthouse Diner
by Brian J. Lowney

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Olga’s Cup and Saucer
by Brian J. Lowney

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Royal Vegetarianism
by Alica London

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Trattoria Simpati
by Bob Mariani

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Soy, Anyway You Like It!
by Alica London

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The Sideb
by Bob Mariani

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Bolivian Restaurant
by Brian J, Lowney

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The Mystery of a Melon
by Alica London

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Ind
by Bob Mariani

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Quorn
by Alica London

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Chez Pasc
by Bob Mariani

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The List Goes On and On
by Alica London

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Renaissan
by Bob Mariani

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Puppy Picnic by the Shore
by Alica London

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McCormick & Schmick
by Bob Mariani

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What's Your Pleasure!
by Alica London

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Feast or Fami
by Bob Mariani

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Julian’s Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Salads That Make A Meal: Tofu
by Alica London

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Pakara
by Bob Mariani

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Via Via Brick Oven Pizza
by Brian J. Lowney

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Food & Frolic
by Alica London

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Summer Round-up
by Bob Mariani

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Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store
by Brian J. Lowney

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What's for Dinner
by Alica London

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The Oyster Bar & Gri
by Bob Mariani

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A Sweet Ending with Famous Vegetarians
by Alica London

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Mo
by Bob Mariani

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Fellini Pizzeria
by Brian J. Lowney

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Sushi-Go, we hope they stay!
by Alica London

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Café de V
by Bob Mariani

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Why Vegan
by Alica London

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The Cheeky Monkey Ca
by Bob Mariani

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The Longhorn Steakhou
by Bob Mariani

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Chili’s
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Wonderful Cheese of Great Britain
by Alica London

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Union Station Brewery
by Brian J. Lowney

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by Alica London
The Best Cheese In the World - France

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Mc Fadden
by Bob Mariani

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Life Is Great On Broadway
by Alica London

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Ind
by Bob Mariani

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Celebrating the Holy Cheese, Swiss
by Alica London

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Kabob & Cur
by Bob Mariani

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Andreas Restaurant
by Brian J. Lowney

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Enjoying the Good Potato
by Alica London

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The Downstairs Bistro at Second Story Theat
by Bob Mariani

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Brussels Sprouts, One of Fall's Special Treats
by Alica London

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Big Fi
by Bob Mariani

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It's Cranberry Time
by Alica London

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The Fine Fruits of Fall
by Alica London

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Faux Turkey
by Alica London

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Chiazza Trattori
by Bob Mariani

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Chinese Snacks
by Alica London

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Ask The Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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10 Steak & Sus
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving
by Alica London

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Cilantro Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Entertaining
by Alica London

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Happenings
by Alica London

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XO Steak Hou
by Bob Mariani

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Pizzeria Uno – Chicago Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Pleasures
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Instant Cocktail Party
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
by Brian J. Lowney

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Succulent Morsels
by Alica London

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Best of ’04 Best New Restaurant
DeWolf Tave

by Bob Mariani

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Lucky Gard
by Bob Mariani

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Bertucci’s Brick Oven Ristorante
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Lobster P
by Bob Mariani

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Lei’s Bar & Grill (formerly The Catfish Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Urban Kitchen Café
by Brian J. Lowney

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The Sakonnet Fish C
by Bob Mariani

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Viola
by Bob Mariani

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The Ivy Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Brick Alley P
by Bob Mariani

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Tito’s Cantina Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Table
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Pudding
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Caffe Dolce Vi
by Bob Mariani

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Coconut Cookie Nests
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Rob's Corner Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Geppetto
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Cream Cheesecake
by Ann Castle

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Mediterran
by Bob Mariani

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Cappuccino Brownies with White Chocolate Sauce
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The Mooring Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Waffles for Dessert
by Ann Castle

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Napa Valley Gril
by Bob Mariani

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Delicious Dilemma
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Quick Guide to German Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Cherryston
by Bob Mariani

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Creamy Caramel Treasure Brownies
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Wines from Israel
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Glass Oni
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Angel Cake
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Gin is Back In
by Chris Gasbarro

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Zooma Bar Ristoran
by Bob Mariani

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Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Ann Castle

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Kosher Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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L’Epicureo at The Hotel Providen
by Bob Mariani

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The Lobster Pot
119 Hope Street
Bristol, RI

by Rob Mariani

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Lemon Nut White Chip Cookies
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French Regional Wine Class/Tasti
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Crumb Bars
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Ask the Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Hi-H
by Bob Mariani

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Cookie and Ice Cream Frozen Dessert
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Summer Wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Nat. Porter I
by Bob Mariani

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White Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Pane E Vi
by Bob Mariani

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Custard Tart with Fresh Berries
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Paraduxx Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Lot 4
by Bob Mariani

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Brownies with Coconut Frosting
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Unoaked Chardonnays
by Chris Gasbarro

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Persimmon Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
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New Sauvignon Blanc
by Chris Gasbarro

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Oak Restaurant and B
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Decadence with Sweet Cream
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Dr. Loosen Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Rich Raspberry Swirl Brownies
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The Margarita!
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Gatehouse Restaura
by Bob Mariani

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares
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White Rum
by Chris Gasbarro

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Raphael Bar Ris
by Bob Mariani

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Banana Caramel Fluff
by DesiRey

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Rhone Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Downstairs Bist
by Bob Mariani

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Bananas Foster
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Burgundy Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Shogun Steak & Seafood Hou
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
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Austrian Wine
by Chris Gasbarro

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Bella Vis
by Bob Mariani

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Dessert Wines
by Chris Gasbarro

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Jacky’s Galaxie & Sushi B
by Bob Mariani

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Café Four
by Bob Mariani

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Ask the Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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The Grille On Ma
by Bob Mariani

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Amazing Coconut Pie
Recipe provided by M. Logan

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Dry Rose

by Chris Gasbarro

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The Longhorn Steakhouse
400 Bald Hill Road
Warwick Mall, Warwick

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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McCormick & Schmic
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Twist
336 Baldhill Road
Warwick, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Audrey’s at the Johnson & Wales Inn
213 Taunton Avenue
Seekonk, MA

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Blue Plate Diner
665 West Main Road
Middletown, RI

by Bob Mariani

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The Salvation Café
140 Broadway
Newport, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Lot 401
44 Hospital Street
Providence Jewelry District

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Blaze
776 Hope Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Red Stripe
465 Angell Street
Providence

by Bob Mariani

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The Hi-Hat
3 Davol Square
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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A Very Good Year
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Most Memorable Dishes of the Year
by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Bella Vista
One Finance Way
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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Gracie’s
194 Washington Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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La Luna
272 Thayer Street
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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by Chris Gasbarro

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The Napa Valley Grille
Providence Place Mall
Providence, RI

by Bob Mariani

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McCormick & Schmick’s
Providence Biltmore Hotel
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI

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The Hi-Hat
Davol Square
Providence


As a life-long jazz fan who grew up in New York City and who went regularly to all the great music clubs like Birdland (the original "Jazz Corner of the World"), The Half Note, and The Village Vanguard, the notion of ordering food at a jazz club seems like— well, like buying a wedding gown at Sam’s Club. (I seem to recall the "kitchen" at New York’s hallowed Birdland doubled as a dressing room and consisted of one small sink and a hotplate.) So when Providence’s sleek and glamorous new music room, The Hi-Hat, puts forth a serious menu, it’s only natural that somebody like me is a bit skeptical.

Well, I’m here to tell you that the food at the Hi-Hat is every bit as good as the music and it’s the kind of restaurant that warrants a visit for the food alone— never mind the fact that they’ve been bringing in some of the best musical and cabaret artists around.

The exceptional quality of the menu at The Hi-Hat is a bit less surprising when you learn that their current chef is none other than Todd Lesakowski, formerly of CAV and of the world-famous Blue Ginger in Massachusetts.

On every night except Saturday when there are full course meals, The Hi-Hat’s menu consists of "Small Plates and Tangoes." We went on a Thursday night early, before the band arrived from Boston, and the very sophisticated, music-friendly room with its two bars and stunning décor had not yet begun to fill up.

From a list of menu items like crispy calamari; mussels in curry leaf broth with chorizo dumplings; bubbling cheese fondue; and a seafood or a pupu platter, I chose their Mandarin Barbecued New Zealand Lamb Rack.

Each of my three chops was about two-and-a-half mouthfuls, tender as could be and exquisitely complemented by a subtle raisin-caper emulsion and a light, spring-y fennel radish salad. It’s a perfect size meal if you’re feeling only slightly peck-ish and it would pair well with a straight ahead jazz quintet or perhaps even a jazz-funk group like The East Side Horns. Prices on this nightly menu range from $10 to $33 (for a seafood platter for four people).

My wife had the "Satay Night Fever," another modest but very satisfying entrée with shrimp, quail, and pork satays. The meats were all perfectly done and the satay sauce really raised their flavor to another level. They came with a smartly-thought-out Thai noodle salad, crisp papaya slaw, and tangy dipping sauces. You can’t go wrong with this one, and it’s probably enough for two people.

We also shared a thin-crust pizza topped with creamy mozzarella, tomatoes and a pesto sauce with a beautifully focused flavor like a tenor solo by Dexter Gordon. There’s also a list of salads and sandwiches that includes the best tuna melt I’ve ever eaten; The Hi-Hat burger; a grilled steak sandwich with spinach, mushrooms and Swiss cheese— and nothing over $10.

For dessert, Chef Lesakowski treated us to a sampling that just blew us away with its sweep of intense flavors. Kind of like a couple of choruses by Miles Davis, if I may make another musical analogy. There was a coconut crème brulee loaded with levels of rich flavor; a bittersweet chocolate cake that could only have been improved by its hot white chocolate and Grand Marnier sauce; the house-made New Orleans beignets, small dumplings of incredibly flavorful donut dough with light, creamy fillings; and the house-made ginger ice cream which is one of those tastes that’s so intense it haunts you for days afterwards like a phrase by Ella Fitzgerald.

On Saturdays, The Hi-Hat has a slightly more substantial menu that changes every week. It will contain beautifully harmonized compositions such as grilled miso salmon with shrimp fried rice and a pea tendril salad ($22); chorizo stuffed chicken with braised cabbage, mashed potato and Madeira sauce ($21); or perhaps shrimp sautéed with garlic and rosemary, with roasted baby tomatoes, penne past and artisan feta cheese.

Truth be told, the menu never hits a wrong note at The Hi-Hat. This place is a priceless addition to the dinning/music scene in our area and deserves to be frequented often. They’re open every day and there’s free parking in the lot that surrounds the old Davol Square brick building. For reservations and a list of who is playing there for the next several weeks call 453-6500 or go to www.thehihat.com.

Bob Mariani is a Southeastern New England freelance author. Besides his "Your Table is Ready" restaurant reviews found here, he also writes jazz articles on allaboutjazz.com.

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