Here are a few trends you may soon be running into as you wine and dine around the region, reports The Notester.
- American lime growers are getting squeezed by the weather, blight and the Mexican trade pact, so most of our limes are grown outside the country and are getting more expensive.
- Godiva isn’t only about boxes of chocolates any more. They plan to open 2,000 cafes over the next six years serving yogurts, sandwiches and coffee.
- There’s a proposal moving through the Rhode Island Statehouse to up the ounces-to-go limit to 384 at breweries.
- Olive oil production in the Mediterranean region is down due to weather and disease, and you’re going to start feeling it in the prices of bottles and dishes made with it.
- Suds-lovers beware: There is a legislative proposal in the works to make it harder to get a permit for those popular pop-up beer gardens in the Boston area.
- Know where your next new rye or scotch is going to come from? Germany. Using local ingredients, some nearly 200 micro-distilleries for whiskey have sprung up there. They’ve already won some international prizes, and hope to start exporting to the U.S. soon.
The local scene
Have a favorite Portuguese restaurant? Well, Portuguese Restaurant Week is June 1-8. At participating restaurants lunches will start at 13 bucks and dinner at 20 bucks.
Summer specials at Fitzy’s Pub on Man Mar Drive in Plainville include fish and chips, clam cakes, red and white chowder and steamers. www.firtzyspub.com and 508.609.3633
Unaju don is pieces of grilled eel on a bed of seasonal rice. Where? Four Seasons Japanese restaurant on Park Street in Downtown Attleboro. 774.331.2684
Tex Mex Eats, popular at farmers markets in the area, now has a pop-up at Inman Square, where Tupelo used to be. Look for frito pie, enchiladas and homemade tamales. www.texmexeats.com
Salt & Olive, which vends craft beer and wines and specialty foods, has relocated from MassAve to Harvard Square’s Garage on JFK Street in Cambridge.
The Hope Street Spring Block Party is noon to 6 this Saturday, June 1, 11 to 6, on five blocks of Hope Street from 5th to Rochambeau. There will raw bars, lobster rolls and food trucks, live music, wrestling, pony rides, a fashion show, a rock-climbing wall and cocktails.
What better place to stroll than Federal Hill, and that tasty walk on Atwells Avenue is 4:40 to 7:30 Tuesday, June 11. Tickets are 30 bucks, and that gets you tastings, music and two free drinks. www.goprovidence.com
Lemon meringue is the cheesecake flavor of the month at Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern on George Washington Highway in Smithfield. It will run you 9 bucks. 401.231.4777
There’s an adults-only afternoon tea 2 to 4 this Sunday, June 2, at Fayerweather House on Mooresfield Road in Kingston. Tickets are 20 bucks, and there will be live music, too. 401.789.9072
Tickets are on sale for the annual Linden Place Fourth of July Picnic in Bristol. They are 85 bucks, 55 for kids, and include breakfast, picnic lunch and front-row seats for the parade. www.lindenplace.org and 401.253.0390
Top of Newport, the rooftop bar and restaurant at the Hotel Viking on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, is open for the season. www.hotelviking.com and 401.847.3300
Tap and bottle
Citra Brau is a new citrusy German-style beer from Jack’s Abby brewery of Framingham, available in the Boston area and beyond. www.jacksabbey.com
Today, Thursday, May 30: Food and Wine Tasting Soiree, garden grounds of the State Ballet of Rhode Island, Sherman Road, Lincoln, 6 to 9:30, 40 bucks, 75 per couple. www.stateballet.com
Saturday, June 2: Scalabrini Day Celebration dinner, St. Bartholomew Parish, Laurel Hill, Providence, at 6:30, 25 bucks, 12 for kids 10 and under. 401.632.4770 x7.
Saturday, June 2: Strawberry Festival dinner, Slocum Grange Hall, Slocum Road, North Kingstown, at 5:30, 12 bucks, 10 for kids 5 to 10. 401.294.2989
Tuesday, June 4: Parma Night with a special prosciutto di Parma menu, Sarto, Dorrance Street, Providence, 5 p.m. www.sartoprovidence.com
Thursday, June 7: Four-course Shipyard Brewing Co. beer dinner, Shipyard Pub at Twin River Casino, Twin River Road, Lincoln, at 7, 40 bucks. 401.723.3200
Bristol Oyster Bar on Hope Street in Bristol has reopened under new management. www.bristoloysterbar.com
Awards on the wall
Nick’s Famous Roast Beef on Dodge Street in Beverly has the best roast beef sandwich in Massachusetts, according to People magazine. www.nicksfamousroastbeef.com
The word barbecue likely comes from the Spanish barbacoa, a wooden frame on which meats were roasted. A more fanciful origin is it is from “de la barbe a la queue,” which translates as, "from the beard to the tail."
Footnote: The Notester’s menu mysteries derive primarily from the book “The Eaten Word” by Jay Jacobs.
Psst, let’s make a deal
Fish and chips are 11 bucks on Mondays, fish tacos are 10 bucks on Tuesdays, cheeseburgers are fries are 10 bucks on Wednesdays and clam cakes and chowder are 6 bucks Mondays through Thursdays at Evelyn’s Drive-In on Main Road in Tiverton, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 401.624.3100
Here are some of The Notester’s favorite things around and about:
Attleboro: The French meat pie (11 bucks) and the liver with bacon and onions (10 bucks) at Morin’s on South Main Street. www.morins1911.com
Saint Albans, Vt.: The 12-ounce prime rib (27 bucks) and mussels with coconut curry (12 bucks) and creamy onion cheddar ale soup (5 bucks) at The Old Foundry at One Federal, Federal Street. www.theoldfoundry.com
Attleboro: The Bartender’s Sirloin (10 bucks) at Wetherlaine’s on County Street. www.wetherlainesrestaurant.com and 508.222.9730
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This is coming in June to Park Plaza in Boston, where Doretta Tavern used to be at the Heritage on the Garden. It’s brought to us by the folks from Steel & Rye and Fat Hen.
This is new on Western Avenue in Allston, where Rabottini’s Pizzeria used to be, brought to us by the folks at Puritan and Company.
This is a new and casual poke shop at the Whole Foods market at Charles River Plaza on Cambridge Street in Boston.
Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.