Restaurant favorites done well at Filomena’s

This is the type of restaurant that feels familiar even on first visit.

You can always count on the Mermaid Cafe

Mermaid Cafe makes it look easy. Simple dishes, with nice touches, expertly prepared using many local ingredients — the menu credited Stonington’s Davis Farm, Sea Well Seafood in Pawcatuck, The Farmer’s Cow and Pelloni Farm in Ashaway, R.I.

Try Jack's Brick Oven Pizzeria in Norwich

A neighborhood Italian joint for all neighborhoods.

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California dreamin’ of a good burger

I completely forgot to write my column last month because my son, Dillon, got married in Santa Cruz, Calif., to Emma, a beautiful and gracious young woman whom I am proud to call my daughter-in-law.

Eightmile RiverFest celebrates a natural gem

The EightMile RiverFest 2014 takes place Saturday at Devil's Hopyard State Park.