With a rich backstory and 15 years in the brew business, Cottrell Brewing Co. opens its brewery doors for free tours and tastings of its award-winning libations. Tours for this deal are available every half-hour on Friday’s from 3–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1–5 p.m. Show respect for the flagship Old Yankee Ale, awarded an A+ by the founders of Beer Advocate for its citrus hop aroma and social skills around burgers and french fries. The brewery's merchandise includes the logoed pint glass ($5), a T-shirt ($15), and a sweatshirt ($25) perfect for soaking up any beer missed by the mouth. Cottrell Brewing Co. inhabits 9,000 square feet of a factory once owned by the brewmaster's great-great-grandfather, who ran a highly successful printing press and sub–4-minute mile.
At Efendi’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill, Chef Efendi wields more than 30 years of culinary experience to populate a menu with Turkish-inspired Mediterranean victuals. Portobello bruschetta or morsels of Norwegian smoked salmon, flecked with cream cheese and capers, kick off an evening spent attempting to bend forks with telekinesis amid apricot walls, gold-fringed mauve curtains, and a fireplace surrounded by stone. Entrees of fresh sole fillets, stuffed with shrimp and garlic, arrive to the brick patio whose tables also welcome the weight of chicken sautéed with walnuts and blanketed in tangy pomegranate-molasses sauce. On occasion, the shimmy of a belly dancer provides a coin-tinkling soundtrack as dinner companions fork into a homemade dessert from a daily rotation of sweets, warming to the idea of adopting the baklava as national currency.
The Bradford first opened its doors 30 years ago as a neighborhood convenience store, supplying the community with groceries, newspapers, and quick lunches of classic Italian-American cuisine. Although the aisles may have disappeared, The Bradford remains dedicated to cozy, homestyle comfort foods that draw inspiration from the Old as well as the New World.
Pasta dishes, oven-crisped pizzas, and pan-seared seafood entrees fill the menu of familiar-sounding meals. The restaurant's chefs import prosciutto and make everything from meatballs to pesto sauce in-house. Dedicated as it is to Italian flavors, The Bradford acknowledges the region's culinary character by incorporating ingredients such as locally grown produce.
The Bradford's ambiance embraces a similarly familiar vibe. Exposed brickwork and high-topped wooden tables create an inviting setting amid the earth-toned walls lined with framed artwork. Pendant lamps and ceiling fans dangle from the high ceilings, ensuring that the warm space remains well-lit and comfortable.
Come Along Inn dishes up a comforting menu of sizzling burgers, saucy wings, and sudsy brews in an idyllic neighborhood eatery crowned by a charming vintage neon sign. Slathered in sweet and spicy sauces, a salacious selection of Wicked Good wings slathered with cool dressings ($5.99) glide into mouths as smoothly as a mayonnaise-coated Slip 'n Slide. Accompanied by crispy fries or golden tater tots, the Inn’s third-pound burgers include the robust bacon cheeseburger’s panoply of bacon, american cheese, and fresh veggies ($5.99) and The 402’s mouthwatering medley of mushrooms, grilled onions, bacon, and your choice of cheese ($6.29). Flex your pop-culture prowess through mouthfuls of beer-battered fish and chips ($6.99) at Wednesday–evening trivia contests or warble slurry odes to the restaurant’s full-service bar, flat-screen TV, and homespun décor during karaoke on Sunday nights.
Starting Friday, October 5 at 6 p.m. and running through Monday, October 8, O Fest RI, spearheaded by Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, celebrates autumn with beer, live music, and general merriment. The festival features fall-themed libations from as far away as Germany itself—with Oktoberfest brews from Spaten, Hofbrau, and Paulaner—and those from closer to home from brewers such as Harpoon, Sam Adams, and Shipyard. In addition, the festival will feature a lineup of musical acts, including What Matters and Those Guys.
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, whose whopping 82 taps helped earn it an award for Best Bar and Beer Selection in The Phoenix's Best of Providence 2011, will anchor the celebration from their dark-wood bar. The bar itself serves a host of culinary treats from Prince Edward Island mussels in zesty zuppa sauce to blackened jerk salmon. An outdoor patio plays host to al fresco dining and lassoing the moon to impress dates.
At any given moment, there might be three kinds of bars operating inside Amalfi Oceanside. One produces signature cocktails ready to be sipped in view of the Narragansett beach. Another, which springs up on Sundays, allows visitors to concoct their preferred variants on a bloody mary to pair with their brunches. The third is a raw bar, where lobster tails sit alongside native littleneck clams and oysters that were farmed locally, rather than shipped via friendly pelican.
These seafood samples function as chilled appetizers for a host of oceanic entrees. Pasta options such as shrimp scampi and the seafood fra diavolo—mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster, and marinara sauce over linguine—complement plates of baked cod and pan-seared scallops. Lobster sliders and beer-battered-fish tacos also augment a list of burgers and sandwiches. Breaking from the maritime theme, rib-eye steaks and grilled specialty pizzas round out the menu in addition to slow-roasted cuts of prime rib, which are only available on Fridays—like a feeling of relief among America's work force.
At Lucky's Bar & Grille, the crunch from hand-cut french fries and hearty Irish-American pub fare competes with the cheers from sports games on 16 flat-screen TVs. Grilled pizzas brim with locally sourced tomatoes and exotic toppings such as roasted corn and grilled eggplant, and chefs stir macaroni into thick cheddar cheese sauce. On Friday and Saturday nights, live acoustic music echoes off the hardwood floors as bartenders top off pints of 30 varieties of draft beer at the 35-foot granite-top bar.