OpenTable isn’t the only show in town anymore when it comes to booking a restaurant table in Boston.
They still service places like the Beehive, Aquitaine and Whaling in Oklahoma, for example, but other restaurants are using other services.
Myers + Chang and Burro Bar, to name just two, use the new Resy.
Jonesing for sushi at No Relation? Well, you need to go to Tock.
Nothing like a little competition to make the market more customer-driven, right?
The local scene
New chicken sandwiches at b.good restaurants include sriracha, chipotle, barbecue and chicken avocado. You’ll find them at Mansfield Crossing off School Street in Mansfield and on Washington Street in Plainville. www.bgood.com
Eat a signature pasta dish at Uno Pizzeria & Grill and you can choose a free classic pasta dish to take home. Local ones are on Route 1 in South Attleboro and in Wrentham in the outlet mall off Route 1. www.unos.com
After an absence of five years, a farmers market is coming back to downtown Mansfield. Starting July 11 and operating every Thursday 2 to 6, it will be in the parking lot next to Mansfield Bank on North Main Street.
If you’re a Marquee Awards member at Plainridge Park you can get shucked oysters for a buck 5 to 10 Wednesdays at Slack’s Oyster House & Grill at the casino on Route 1 in Plainville. www.plainridgeparkcasio.com and 844.327.4347
The Taste of Legacy Place at Legacy Place in Dedham is this Thursday, June 27. Tickets for tastes at 13 restaurants are 10 bucks.
The annual Boston JerkFest kicks off Friday, July 5, with a wine and brew tasting and the spicy Caribbean food celebration continues Saturday, July 6, 11 to 3 and 4 to 8. It’s at the Haley House Café on Dade Street. Tickets range from 15 to 75 bucks. www.bostonjerkfest.com
Providence Restaurant Weeks are July 7-20. Three-course lunches at nearly 100 participating restaurants will be 17 bucks, three-course dinners 30, 35 or 50 bucks. There will be two-for-one specials, too. www.goprovidence.com
The adults-only Feast with the Beasts is this Saturday, June 29, at Roger Williams Park Zoo, and it includes wine, beer, food tastings and music. www.rwpzoo.org/zoobilee
The food-and-drink celebration Matunuck Fare is 6 to 9 this Saturday, June 29, at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn on Matunuck Beach Road in Matunuck. Admission is free. www.sklt.org
There’s a comedy show 8 to 10 Thursday, July 11, at Newport Vineyards on East Main Road in Middletown. Tickets are 25 bucks, and Brix at the vineyard is open for a bite before the show. www.newportvineyards.com
The Schoolyard Market is back 9 to 1 every Sunday through Oct. 27 at Hope & Main in Warren. www.makefoodyourbusiness.org
Tallulah’s Taqueria at The Shack on Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown is now open weekends but will be open daily starting July 5. www.tallulahstaqueria.com
Thursday in July are Pino and Parmesan days at Trattoria Romana, a Canova family restaurant at Twin River Tiverton Casino on Tiverton Casino Boulevard. You get to choose between chicken parmesan (20 bucks) or veal parmesan (23 bucks), accompanied by a glass of pinot grigio or pinot noir. Or you can share a bottle of wine for 10 bucks. www.twinrivertiverton.com
Tap and bottle
They’re having a three-part summer tasting series on Thursdays with Two Gals Cocktails at Linden Place Mansion on Hope Street in Downtown Bristol. On July 18 it’s a summertime cocktail demo and small bites, on Aug. 22 it’s wine and cheese pairings and a craft beer tasting, and on Sept. 19 it’s champagne, cava and prosecco. They are 6:30 to 8 and tickets are 55 bucks, or all three for 150 bucks. www.lindenplace.org
The annual craft beer tasting is 6 to 9:30 Friday, July 6, at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn on Wayside Inn Road in Sudbury. Tickets are 25 bucks and include beer, food and live entertainment. www.wayside.org and 978.443.1776
They’re having three beer garden Fridays — with beer, wine, food and lawn games — at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on French Drive in Boylston. They are this Friday, June 28, and July 19 and Aug. 2. They run 5 to 9 and are included with the general admission of 16 bucks to the botanic garden. www.towerhillbg.org and 508.869.6111
Thursday, June 27: All-strawberry a la carte dinner, New Rivers, Steeple Street, Providence. www.newriversrestaurant.com and 401.751.0350
Saturday, July 6: Themed dinner based on the 1876 Philadelphia Ball, Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, Post Road, Warwick, 6:30, 100 bucks. www.cloudshill.org and 401.884.9490
Down the Cape
The Taste of Mattapoisett is 5 to 7 Tuesday, July 16, under the tent near the town wharf. Ten bucks gets you 20 tickets for food and drink. 508.748.1282
The McCormick and Schmick’s at the former Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, now the Graduate Providence, has closed. Its lease expired.
Both pasta vermicelli and vermouth have worms in their background. Vermicelli (think vermin) means little worms in Italian, and vermouth is from the German “vermut,” or wormwood, a former ingredient of vermouth.
Footnote: Some of The Notester’s menu mysteries derive from the book “The Eaten Word” by Jay Jacobs.
Psst, let’s make a deal
Buy an adult entrée on July 4 at Applebee’s and you’ll get two kids meals free for children 12 and under. www.applebees.com
Here are some of The Notester’s favorite things around and about:
Provincetown: The Island fish soup (8 bucks) and lobster mashed potatoes (14 bucks) at Mac’s Fish House on Shank Painter Road. 508.487.8227
Attleboro: The meatball sliders (10 bucks), pot stickers (8 bucks) and roasted chickpeas (6 bucks) at the Park Street Ale House on Park Street. 508.222.6300
Norton: The ravioli formaggio (14 bucks), pasta scialatelli (16 bucks) and the homemade pistachio cake (8 bucks) at Sabatino’s Trattoria on West Main Street. 508.622.0879
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This bowl restaurant in new on Thompson Place in Boston’s Seaport district.
Avenue Kitchen + Bar
This is new at Ball Square in Somerville, where Pescatore used to be. Look for Detroit-style pizza, tacos, oysters and poke.
Specializing in fish, sandwiches and salads — think bluefish pate, this is new on Central Wharf near the New England Aquarium in Boston.
Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.