--Slow Rhode, PVD: finally got a chance to check out this new opening from the folks behind Broadway Bistro. It's smaller than I expected, but my cocktail was great. Skipped the sandwiches and larger plates and made a meal out of shared small plates. Wow! Really impressed. I'll be honest, when I hear "southern comfort inspired" I usually interpret that as "heavy" food (sorry, my bias), so imagine my pleasure to discover so many fresh bright flavors. A vegetarian/pescatarian could be happy with a meal here.
--Chomp, Warren: We have a lot of difficulty getting into Chomp because it's always packed. We finally got a table on weeknight, and the food was even better than I remembered! I'll admit, I had a bit of sticker shock when we got the check. It seems crazy to pay almost $100 for dinner for two of burgers and bar bites (and a couple beers). On the other hand, I could taste the high quality of the meat in my lamb burger, and the level of execution was high. Still, it's pushing the upper limit of what's reasonable in that dining category IMO.
--Garde de la Mer, PVD: went here for brunch. Overall it was a pretty good breakfast in an elegant environment. Service was friendly but not quite attentive enough. The food didn't live up to the interesting descriptions, but everything was pleasant to eat. I'd recommend this more for the ambiance than the food (which was also my impression of dinner).
--Vinya, PVD: Another great meal here. They cycling junior cooks from Rosmarin down the street though the place and calling it a "test" kitchen. Whatever the schtik, they're serving up delicious small plates and it's BYOB so you can get out of there without breaking the bank for a great meal.
--Malted Barley, PVD: I believe this is a franchise, so different owners than the original in Westerly? Definitely a different feel. The room is large and cold, especially compared to the original. Pretty good beer selection, but the service needs serious guidance. Our server spent a large part of the night dancing instead of attending to his customers...
To try: there's a new Szechuan place on Rt.6 in Seekonk (to be local about it, it's in the old Blockbuster plaza where the Golden Bowl used to be before it moved to PVD....) They have an "authentic" menu with odd items like frog legs, and I'm looking forward to trying it.