In my humble opinion, there are few things in this world better than food and football. Combine the grid iron with some grilled red meat and it’s like a match made in pigskin heaven. Former NFL players, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie, have taken tailgating to the next level and created the ultimate steakhouse experience. Located at Twin River Casino, Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse boasts some of the best quality beef you will find around Rhode Island. Their versatile menu also offers the perfect mix of land and sea.
We recently had the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes from their regular menu. OK, I may have understated that. It was actually like an episode of Man VS. Food featuring Front Row Eats and some massive portions. I’m talking 5 lb lobsters and 48 oz Porterhouse Steaks just to name a few. Let’s move the chains and talk about some of the highlights from our meal at Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse!
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Tazza opened 11 years ago as an Artisan Coffee Shop, but with the help of Chef Ben Lloyd, this restaurant is becoming known for more than just their espresso and fine teas. With a menu full of modern American cuisine combined with global influences, Chef Lloyd embraces local ingredients using an admirable farm-to-table approach. You might even recognize some of Rhode Island’s finest farms mentioned on the menu such as Blackbird Farm Steak and Pat’s Pastured Pork. Chef Lloyd breaks down every part of the animal, utilizing each cut and he even cures the meat in-house. At Tazza, it’s all about keeping it fresh and local in order to create delicious food using top quality ingredients.
Located on Westminster Street in Providence, you might drive by without noticing the small, subtle sign on the building. Despite the discreet setting, the interior is a chic modern space. Stylish Chandeliers decorate a dining room filled with wood communal tables and industrial accents. The atmosphere is trendy yet relaxing which is perfect for all occasions. Whether your are looking for a table for two or just want to grab a small bite at the bar, Tazza offers both options depending on your appetite. We tasted a variety of dishes across both the regular dinner menu and small plates menu…so let’s just say our appetite was on the bigger side.
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Tagged Abbaye du Val-dieu, apple pie, blackbird farm, charcuterie, chef ben lloyd, chestnut ravioli, coffee providence, lamb loin, nama nessuru, tazza, tazza cafe, tazza caffe, tazza caffe providence, tazza providence, tazza restaurant, tazza ri, vichyssoise sauce
Do you have a creative and unique food perspective? Do you think you have what it takes to host your own show on Food Network? If you have a captivating personality and believe you are at the top of your culinary game, Food Network wants to hear from you!
Food Network Star, the hugely successful culinary reality series, will be holding auditions at the Hilton Hotel in Providence on October 26th between 10am – 2pm. In case you are not available to attend the open call, you can still apply by submitting a home video. Click here for more details on casting events and how to apply. Good luck and say hello to Giada for me!
The Sun BrewFest was in full swing last weekend, offering beer aficionados the chance to sample from a variety of 200 different beverages. The selection included everything from Crafts and Microbrews to Domestics and Imports. Guests were given a Mohegan Sun signature pilsner glass for tasting and to later take home as a souvenir. I made sure to make each 2 oz. fill count, choosing from plenty of Oktoberfest brews to celebrate Fall like the Germans taught us. Maybe it’s just me, but Fall doesn’t actually seem to start until the Pumpkin Ales hit the market…forget foliage and leaves changing colors. It’s really all about the Pumpkin Ales, and luckily, there were plenty to go around.
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You might not notice it, but within a rock’s throw of Thayer Street, you can enjoy modestly priced, traditional Italian fare. Tucked neatly off the corner of Thayer and Angell St. in Providence’s East Side, Coco Pazzo has quietly become a favorite among families, couples and students who call Providence home. At first it might seem overwhelming, but their menu is chockfull of classic dishes and familiar favorites. It’s versatile too, with apps (or tapas), salads and grilled pizzas. Coco Pazzo is an ideal place to grab a bite with friends/coworkers or impress your date with your expansive knowledge of fine cheeses and imported hams. Hey, do whatever it takes to succeed. Ha! Ok, moving on.
Last week we were invited to try out some of their signature dishes and each plate was handpicked by Executive Chef Ryan Keough. After hearing the news, I knew we were in for a treat. What’s neat about Coco Pazzo is that it sits directly above the English Cellar Alehouse and as a result, provides patrons the opportunity to order from their menu as well as a list of over 200 different brews. Pretty sweet deal right?
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