Hop on board the Rhode Island Brew Bus and leave the driving to them as they take you on a tour of breweries in Little Rhody.
You have to be 21 to get on the bus, and there is no drinking on the bus, just at the breweries.
Their trips include Rhode Island breweries like Bucket Brewery, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Newport Storm, Proclamation Ale Co., Ravenous Brewing, Tilted Barn and Whalers, among others.
They even have plans to visit two sites in nearby Connecticut, Beerd Brewing and Cottrell Brewing.
Hopefully, they're up and running now, says The Notester. They're headquartered in North Smithfield. therhodeislandbrewbus.com and 401.5850.303
The local scene
They serve breakfast all day at Miss Mendon Diner on Uxbridge Road in Mendon, where they feature '50s-style decor, classic diner food and a full liquor license. mismendondiner.com and 508.634.3000
The Colonel Blackinton Inn on North Main Street in Attleboro has expanded its patio with a big tent and the word on the street is they will soon offer a raw bar and draft beer there. Stay tuned. And they have live music there every day all summer. colblackintoninn.com and 508.222.6022
They offer seven different lunches for 7 bucks at Fitzy's Pub on Man Mar Drive in Plainville. fitzyspub.com and 508.809.3533
Coffee cake is the featured flavor at Bliss Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop on Park Street in Attleboro. It's cinnamon yellow cake-flavored ice cream with coffee swirl and yellow cake pieces. blissdairy.com and 508.222.2884
Look for veal piccata, chicken parm and tortellini alfredo on the menu at Cafe Porto Bello on North Washington Street in Downtown North Attleboro. cafeportobello.net and 508.699.0006
The Sunday brunch includes a carving station, omelettes and breakfast and lunch items, including pastries and dessert, at Ambrosia Tavern on Elm Street in North Attleboro. ambrosiatavern.com and 508.699.0778
It's Jon Bowser tomorrow night, June 13, and Colm O'Brien Saturday night, June 14, on stage at The Chieftain on Route 1 in Plainville. chieftainpub.com and 508.643.9031
Know how to butcher a chicken? Well, this Sunday, June 15, The Butcher Shop on Tremont Street in Boston will teach you. It runs from 11 to noon and includes the demo, charcuterie and salumi and a glass of Lambrusco, for 60 bucks. 617.423.4800
Rialto at Harvard Square offers on its terrace next Thursday, June 19, at 6:30, a three-course nose-to-tail lamb dinner with wine. It's 75 bucks. 617.661.5050.
Head over to Milford tonight, June 12, and Andy Husbands, Tremont 647 chef-owner, cookbook author and pit-master, will give a grilling demo at the Clarke Culinary Center. The event runs 6 to 8 and for 85 bucks you'll get smarter and try some grilled pizza, grilled shrimp salad and cake in a can. 800.842.5275.x 267.
The Thai cuisine is upscale at Lim's on South Angell Street, which also has a sushi bar. 401.383.8830
They have a new breakfast window at The Grange Cafe on Broadway. 401.831.0600
The sunset patio is open for the season with live music Tuesday through Sunday at D'Vine on the Hill on Spruce Street on Federal Hill.
The Ukelele Armada is providing the live music Friday night, June 20, at the Bucket Brewery on Carver Street in Pawtucket, where tastings are 5 bucks, tours 13 bucks at 2, 3 and 4. bucketbrewery.com
Mondays and Tuesday are the days to stop in for super value meals at Davenport's on Mendon Road in Cumberland and Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence. davenportsri.com
They're having a BOGO special on Awful Awful drinks all summer at Newport Creamery locations.
Wednesday through Sunday you can take the lift up to the rooftop lounge, Top of Newport, at the Hotel Viking on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. There's entertainment on weekends. vikinghotel.com
Pinelli's Italian Cafe on Quaker Lane in West Warwick has closed after 25 years in business. Sister restaurant B. Pinelli's Simply Italian continues on North Broadway in East Providence.
Psst, let's make a deal
Any three of soup, salad, appetizer, entree or dessert, 20 bucks, Wednesdays, Bistro 45, North Washington Street, North Attleboro. nabistro45.com and 508.699.4677
Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.
"About a year ago my son and his boy started getting together with me for breakfast once a month," writes A Faithful Reader. "Over this period of time we have visited many of the area's restaurants for breakfast. Our top three favorites, in order, are:
- The Breakfast Place, Pleasant Street, Attleboro. "Friendly waitstaff. Great variety of coffees. Ever-changing breakfast menu using local products."
- The D&D Breakfast & Lunch, Man Mar Drive. Plainville. "Good waitstaff. Great coffee. Nice menu and great homefries with onions."
- The Cracker Barrel, Route 1A, Wrentham. "Great coffee. An ample southern breakfast. A good value and plenty of food. Waitstaff is good."
Angelina's - This 168-seat Italian restaurant and sports lounge opened last week on Route 1A in Wrentham, where Diana's Pub and before that Villa Capri used to be. Joe Frisoni of Foxboro is the owner. Look for a grand opening celebration soon. 508.774.847.9311
Kiwi Burst - They have gluten free and non-dairy options, plus 12 flavors and 45 topping at this frozen yogurt shop at Tri-Boro Plaza in North Attleboro. And there were coupons in the paper the other day, too.
The $3 bar - Yes, everything - the drinks, the food - is 3 bucks at this new spot where Amici's used to be on Atwells Avenue on Providence's Federal Hill. That's beer, wine, cocktails, martinis, shots, and hamburger sliders, chicken wings, meatball sliders and the like.
Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.
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