Dishing out SouthCoast reviews, delighted and pleasantly full

22 Sep

The best part of my stint at The Standard-Times has been the food reviews.

A long time traveler, cook and a foodie, I had a fairly visible food blog in Boston that took me to junkets and events around the region. So I was delighted at the opportunity of writing food reviews for Coastin’ when I arrived here 3.5 years ago.

When I am out and about here, people inevitably comment on or remember me from my reviews and ask me for dining recommendations , which I think is a huge honor. I hope they will follow my resurrected food blog and continue to share in my food adventures here.

For your hungry pleasure, here are my final three reviews in Coastin,’ the Thursday arts adn entertainment supplement. They include a warm welcome at a family-friendly restaurant and crab legs, my love affair with pasta and fulfillment at a popular haunt, and hands down the best steak I have had on SouthCoast — these round up my last three Dine Out reviews at The Standard-Times.

Crab legs appetizer at Mike's Restaurant in Fairhaven

Crab legs appetizer at Mike’s Restaurant in Fairhaven

I cook regularly at home, but try not to buy red meat in the interest of health and the environment. So I like to indulge when I am eating out. I debated some steak options: the prime rib ($20) rib eye ($22) and the tenderloin tips ($18). I consulted our waitress and picked the tips because she said she loves them.

Read my review of Mike’s Restaurant in Fairhaven online.

Littlenecks at The Pasta House

Littlenecks at The Pasta House

With the sun setting in the horizon, the hills turning a milky purple, and a soft breeze fluttering the chiffon layer of my borrowed dress, I fell in love with tagliatelle. After years of eating instant noodles and ramen, the creamy strands changed my life and made me forever a lover of pasta.

Read my review of The Pasta House in Fairhaven online.

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Ribeye with sauce and sides

Walk through the main entrance and a swanky glass wall to the left heralds you into the restaurant described on the website as “an intimate upscale American bistro framed within a modern architectural setting and a warm relaxing environment.

Read my review of Airport Grille in New Bedford online.

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Another great meal in a hole-in-the-wall wonder

3 Feb

I will never ceased to be amazed by the plethora of unassuming neighborhood restaurants in New Bedford that serve the most delicious Portuguese food with style and hospitality.

Check out my review of Alianca’s in the South End published in Coastin’:

South End gem Alianca offers good food at a good price

My rabbit entree

I am always amazed at how little neighborhood restaurants in the city can surprise me with very good food and service. You would never know it from the outside. That’s the case with Alianca Restaurant on Cove Street.

I invited my colleague Sandy to dine there one a weekday night, and her face lit up when we walked into the restaurant.

“It’s beautiful inside,” she said.

The space was clean, with some wood paneling and three tables occupied at 7:30 p.m. Tables were covered with maroon tablecloths and laid with paper mats sporting local ads, typical of many local restaurants.

Sandy, who is from the South End, said she was surprised she had never been there.

Read more online.

 

Who doesn’t love brunch?

16 Nov

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Check out my top 10 very subjective list ranking some of the places I’ve enjoyed brunch at on SouthCoast.

It’s hard to pick the top 10 weekend brunch/breakfast spots anywhere, let alone on SouthCoast where there is no dearth of delicious and affordable options. As a recent transplant, I have only been to a few and almost all serve the typical egg and hash dishes. So I tried to compile a list of the spots that serve up something different. By no means is this a comprehensive list. It is really based on my tastes, preferences and experience, and is highly subjective. But I love brunch, and if I’ve missed your favorite spot, do let me know so I can try it!

Check out the list published in SouthCoastToday.com

A new FarmCoast restaurant I am dying to try

8 Jun

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I walked by the new Padanaram Village eatery this weekend and was greatly impressed with the high-end do-over with a flagstone patio, planters full of herbs and a swanky clean interior. Check out my recent story about Little Moss, the former site of the popular beach Plum Cafe in idyllic S. Dartmouth:

DARTMOUTH — Padanaram Village has a cool new hot spot.

Open for a week at 6 Bridge St., Little Moss Restaurant has been packed every night for dinner, according to owner Lisa Lofberg.

With items like spring dug parsnip soup and a seared duck breast with wild watercress and blackberry jam (that one recent diner said was “to die for”), the eatery has partnered with local farms and businesses to put the freshest ingredients on the plate.

The Lofbergs are local residents who owned the popular bakery Beach Plum at the same spot. Named after a boat in Moby Dick, Little Moss opened after an 18-month face-lift and includes a new porch with herbs growing in planters around it.

 

 

Hidden gem charms with exquisite Italian food, service

17 Apr

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When I entered Cafe Italia in New Bedford’s South End, I really felt I entered a popular Boston North End haunt. The entire experience was exquisite — from the charming waiter to the most delicate littlenecks I’ve ever tasted — and that’s saying something on SouthCoast.

You can read all about it in my review in Coastin‘:

IMG_5199It’s been a long winter and I was delighted to herald spring on Saturday with a perfectly executed meal at a local hidden gem.

My editor and fellow reviewer Joanna suggested Cafe Italia in the South End so I called Friday night for a 6 p.m. reservation Saturday. The nice lady who answered accommodated me in a 6:15 p.m. slot, warning me that I would get the small table by the kitchen. She also informed me that it was a BYOB restaurant, which I appreciated.

Eat good food, build a Fishermen’s Museum

16 Apr

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If you believe in preservation and can shell out $100, here’s a great cause and what looks like it’s going to be a good dinner.

“Taste of the Port,” coming up April 24, is co-hosted by the New Bedford Port Society and WHALE.

Proceeds will benefit the Port Society Complex to restore, preserve, and make accessible the Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariners’ Home and to create New Bedford’s first Fishermen’s Museum.

Participating restaurants and chefs include Morton’s Fork Catering, M & C Café, Fathoms, Henry Bousquet, The Black Whale, Dorothy Cox Chocolates, Café Algarve, with scallops donated by American Pride Seafood.

Click online to buy tickets or call WHALE at 508-997-1776.

A great dinner at a new restaurant in Marion

19 Oct

dinner2 Just-right ribs, a unique soup, a yummy white pizza and a really lovely, warm, setting made dinner at Brew Fish in Marion a wonderful experience. Here’s my Dine Out review in Coastin’ for more:

We started with a cup of the Ch’ale (Portuguese chowder), ($5) described this way on the menu: “kale soup and clam chowder, both local favorites, combine for one flavorful thin broth yet creamy chowder. Chock full of clams, chourico, flavor, and thick cut vegetables.”

Odd as it sounds, the broth was flavorful and the kale leaves large and tasty. It was somewhat like a Rhode Island chowder but yellow in color and much better.

Then we ordered the sticky ribs appetizer ($9) that our friendly waitress said was very popular, and the vegetable white pizza ($12).

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