You can follow food trucks all over Rhode Island and get a variety of noteworthy meals, says The Notester, with a lot of extras thrown in. Check out these food truck specials:
The second Thursday of every month through November are Food Truck Nights, 5 to 8, at Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. on Kingstown Road in South Kingstown.
Fridays through the end of September are Food Truck Fridays at Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park in Providence, 5 to 8:30.
The food trucks line up the third Sunday of each month through August at The Assembly Theatre on East Avenue in Harrisville, 3 to 7.
On two Saturdays, June 29 and July 27, you’ll find Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment on New London Avenue in Cranston hosting food trucks 5 to 9:30.
Now, get up and go …
The local scene
They are having a Pizza and Beer Dinner 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday, June 13, at the Uno Pizzeria and Grill on Route 1 in South Attleboro. The beer comes from Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, and the event is 25 bucks. 508.399.6999
Twin lobsters and 2 pounds of steamers with corn are each going for 16 bucks through Friday at Fresh Catch on Chauncy Street in Mansfield. And Wellfleet oysters are still a buck. www.frestcatchinc.net and 508.339.5187
For a limited time McDonald’s has some new offerings on its menu. There’s a Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger, cheesy bacon fries, a tomato and mozzarella chicken sandwich and, of course, a Stroopwafel McFlurry, plus coupons and a lot of special deals. www.mcdonalds.com
The annual chicken barbecue is this Saturday, June 15, at The First Congregational Church UCC on Old Post Road in the Oldtown section of North Attleboro. It will be 4:30 to 6 on the South Lawn unless rain forces it inside to the church vestry. The menu is chicken, German-style potato salad, garden salad with Elsie Morris’ Famous Salad Dressing, rolls, dessert and beverage. Bottles of the Elsie Morris salad dressing will also be on sale. It’s 13 bucks, 4 for kids 10 and younger. A buck from every meal goes to help feed the local needy. You should make a reservation. 508.212.4774.
Ronsky’s, a café on Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill, is now a full-service, 20-seat restaurant called Chef Ronsky’s Trattoria. They serve Italian dishes including — get this — spaghetti with strawberries. www.chefronskys.com
You can dine on lobster rolls and sliders poolside on the rooftop at The Colonnade Hotel on Huntington Avenue, which has opened for the season. They also have mules served in big copper mugs — for 45 bucks. www.colonnadehotel.com
The new vegan food hall on Water Street, Plant City, launches Friday, June 14, with restaurants Double Zero and Bar Verde now taking reservations. www.plantcitypvd.com
Lippitt House Museum on Hope Street is hosting a Rose & Croquet Garden Party 2 to 4 Sunday, June 23. There will be wine and croquet, of course, plus small bites and live music. Tickets are 50 bucks, 60 at the door. www.preserveri.org/roseandcroquet
The Block Island Ferry is hosting a Summer Solstice Music & Dinner Cruise out of Fall River on Friday, June 21. For 75 bucks you board at 5:15, sail at 6 and enjoy a hot buffet, clam chowder and live music. www.creativeartsnetworkri.org
A Taste of Summer fundraiser with beer, wine, food and plenty of calamari is 5 to 8 Friday, June 21, at South County Museum on Strathmore Street in Narragansett. The 200 tickets are going for 50 bucks. 401.783.5400
Bacon Brussels sprout salad, honey pecan-crusted salmon and lobster pot pie are new on the menu at the Shipyard Pub at Twin River Casino on Twin River Road in Lincoln. 401.723.3200
They have a new Streamline ice cream trailer at Wright’s Dairy Farm on Woonsocket Hill Road in North Smithfield. www.wrightsdairyfarm.com and 401.767.3014
Tap and bottle
The public Sling Cocktail Exposition and Competition is 6 to 9 Wednesday, June 26, at Skyline at Waterplace downtown. Tickets are 20 bucks and proceeds benefit the R.I. Community Food Bank. www.eatdrinkri.com
The Notester hears Crooked Current Brewery on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket is aging one of its oatmeal rum raisin beers in a White Dog Distilling barrel previously used for bourbon, whiskey and rum.
Thursday, June 13: Women and Wine series, with Chene Bleu wines, Center for Wine and Culinary Arts at Ocean House, Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, at 7, $135. www.oceanhouseri.com
Saturday, July 6: Themed dinner based on the 1876 Philadelphia Ball, Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, Post Road, Warwick, at 6:30, 100 bucks. www,cloudshill.org and 401.884.9490
Mario’s Rista Bar on Haven Avenue in Cranston closed its doors at the beginning of the month.
A Mississippi turkey is a North American freshwater fish more commonly called a buffalo fish because of its humped back.
Footnote: The Notester’s menu mysteries derive primarily from the book “The Eaten Word” by Jay Jacobs.
Psst, let’s make a deal
How about two slices of cheese pizza and a soda for 5 bucks at Pizzeria DeMarco on Forest Street in Attleboro? 508.226.0342
Here are some of The Notester’s favorite things around and about:
Portsmouth, N.H.: The mussels and frites (15 bucks) and fried shrimp basket (12 bucks) at Portsmouth Gas Light Company on Market Street. www.portsmouthgaslight.com
Attleboro: The onion soup (5 bucks) — zuppa di cipolle — and short rib ravioli (20 bucks) at Canova’s Italian Bar & Grill on Union Street. 508.455.0464
Mansfield: The luncheon gnocchi (14 bucks) and crab cakes (16 bucks) at Cibo Matto Caffe on Chauncy Street. www.cibomatt0caffe.com
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The Black Lamb
This is new on Tremont Street in Boston’s South End, brought to us by the folks at Bar Mezzanna, No Relation and Shore Leave. It’s where Stephi’s used to be.
This spot will open soon on Smith Street in Providence, next to Patrick’s Pub.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napolitana
This is new at the Burlington Mall on Middlesex Turnpike, and there is another one at the Shops at Chestnut Hill.
Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.