Food News

February 2024


Bagels and beyond in Providence

Offering over a dozen varieties of bagels and several spreads, including chive, Nutella, and sundried tomato, the East Side Bagel Company has quietly earned a loyal following since opening in November. “The Breakfast Bagel, served all day, is the most popular item on the menu,” says owner Georges Makhlouf. “Everything and multi-grain are customer favorites.” The new restaurant on Elmgrove Avenue sells a tasty selection of sandwiches including the Eastside Lox Bagel Sandwich, the Cape Cod Chicken Salad, and the BLTA, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado slices, and cream cheese. “We also have Ruebens; they are very popular on a marble bagel,” adds Makhlouf.

Fresh bagels prepared daily might be the focus of the new establishment, but the menu is quite extensive. “For dessert, we have Italian pastries, Crème Brulee, Coppa Tiramisu, and acai bowls.” With fresh coffee, delicious smoothies, and bubble tea on the menu, the shop has become a popular neighborhood hangout. Takeout, delivery, and catering are also available. Providence,


Coffee, art, and community in Portsmouth

Grafik Coffee Company is about more than just craft-brewed beverages – though their fresh-roasted coffee is reason enough to visit, Grafik’s mission is to support local artists by featuring their artwork on bags of beans for sale. “Our three pillars are coffee, art, and community,” says owner Josh Whalen, who opened the shop in December. “It all starts with the coffee. We have amazing in-house small-batch roasted coffee. I’m roasting at five pounds per batch. We’re able to control many of the steps in the coffee-making process before it reaches the customer’s hand. From roasting to quality control to the actual preparation is what makes us stand out.”

Customer favorites include the seasonal Maple Cinnamon Latte, Heath Bar Crunch, and the Black Ginger Fizzer, with traditional hot and iced coffees, espressos, and cappuccinos also available. Find locally baked pastries and KNEAD Doughnuts, along with a lunch menu of small artisan sandwiches. For the kiddos, order a Hot Lil’ Latte or Iced Mini Mocha. Portsmouth,


Gansett’s new health cafe is more than a salad

From hearty salads and grain bowls to cozy soups and cold-pressed juices, Greenhouse Gansett is a go-to for nourishing bites. Tyler Basile, who opened the restaurant with his wife Alex last year, says, “It’s how we, ourselves, like to eat. You’re looking at a giant commercial version of our kitchen at home, and the town’s kind of taken to it.”

Popular menu items include the Rhody Cobb, which is “our take on a Cobb Salad, with sweet potato, roasted chicken, bacon, egg, cheese, and avocado, all tossed in balsamic,” says Alex. “Our most popular bowl is the Boon Street bowl – rice, steak, jalapeños – you’re looking at what I would make myself at home,” says Tyler. Greenhouse serves everything fast-casual in containers to go, with about half of their customers opting for take-out. “A lot of people customize and build their own,” adds Alex. “We can customize to fit anyone’s dietary needs. We’re more than just a salad.”  Narragansett,



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