Buddy’s Pizza Pub: Local Music Acts, Amazing Atmosphere, and Incredible Craft Beer

Why you and your buddies should go to Buddy’s:

Buddy’s Pizza Pub is a hidden gem located at 547 West Grove Street in Middleboro Massachusetts. Although this blog intends to provide insight into the types of experiences provided by different restaurants and bars in the Fall River and New Bedford areas, Buddy’s Pizza Pub is almost the same distance away from those areas as they are from one another. Since Fall River, New Bedford, and Buddy’s in Middleboro are all roughly 15 to 25 minutes away from each other, they could certainly qualify as “local” to each other. Why is it important to support your local businesses? This chart provides an explanation:

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After visiting some of the bars in Fall River, I remembered that a mere 20 minutes away, my close friend Nick’s band AdapterAdapter was playing a set at a place called Buddy’s Pizza Pub. After my iPhone informed me of how short of a drive it would be (19 minutes), I hopped in the car and was off!

Before I knew it, I was walking into Buddy’s and was greeted by many of my friends who had also come out to show their support. I wasn’t originally planning on including Buddy’s Pizza Pub in my blog, but after having an unforgettable experience there, I felt as though I’d be doing an incredible disservice to the New Bedford Travel Guide if I were to exclude it. Here’s why:

Fans of craft beer and live music will fall in love with Buddy’s.

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Beer doesn’t believe in taking things slow.

After being welcomed by friends, I made a bee-line to the bar in hopes that my craft beer itch would be scratched. I was already excited and hopeful because I noticed that my friend Jimmy, the drummer in AdapterAdapter, was drinking Southern Tier’s 2x Stout. Although the fantastic 2x stout is not rare in any decent liquor store, I had never seen it offered at a bar before.

Service started out relatively slow but luckily the servers began picking up the pace as the night went on. I was happy to forgive their slow start once I saw this on the menu:

Buddy’s offers a Full Bar with pretty much any liquor you could imagine with 12 Draft Beer Lines featuring some incredible Craft Beer selections and also offering over 40 Bottled Beers Choices

Buddy’s Pizza Pub knows how to “do” beer. Although 12 taps doesn’t qualify as a whole lot of variety, every tap is loaded up with a carefully selected keg of choice fizzy goodness from high profile craft breweries such as Jack’s Abby, Troegs, The Lost Abbey, Hebrew, and Lagunitas. The special attention Buddy’s pays to the needs and “wants” of craft beer drinkers is displayed through their thoughtful tap selections and their selection of 40 bottled craft beers. Whether the employees at Buddy’s are actual craft beer lovers, or they’ve just simply done their beer homework, the beer quality and selection offered at Buddy’s is bound to garner them a loyal following.

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These people would love Buddy’s.

Great food and atmosphere: Buddy’s is like a home away from home.

The “featured image” for this article (located at the top of the page) is exactly what someone would see as they enter Buddy’s Pizza Pub. The interior design of Buddy’s Pizza Pub is surprisingly pristine, modern, and tasteful. It looks nothing like the traditional images that the words “pizza pub” evokes in my imagination.

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I was expecting Buddy’s to be more like this traditionally bland pizza pub, or at least something akin to a sad cafeteria with Maury Povich and soap operas playing on the TVs.

The food at Buddy’s Pizza Pub is Italian and American with other typical bar foods. There are some menu options that stand out such as lobster ravioli and tacos. I tried a slice of Buddy’s cheese pizza and although I remember enjoying it, it didn’t leave a lasting impression on my taste buds. Food prices at Buddy’s aren’t a humungous value; most entrees cost eight to thirteen dollars, however their specials frequently include deals such as “half-offs” and “buy-one-get-one’s” on certain nights. This information as well as their menu information can be found on Buddy’s website at www.buddyspizzapub.com.

The live music performed at Buddy’s has local cultural significance.

The musical acts I watched at Buddy’s, including my friends band, were inspiring to me in more than one way. I was excited to see bands playing original songs mixed with clever covers. None of the acts played the cliche songs one might expect to hear from a bar band, a la “Margarita-ville,” “Piano Man,” or “Sweet Home Alabama.” Most of the songs were either revamped blues standards or tasteful takes on pleasant surprises such as T-Rex’s “Bang A Gong,” Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again,” or something more soulful like a Ray Charles number. It was refreshing to see real local bands that are actually trying to make it somewhere musically and not a washed up folkie who only showed up for the free beer offered to performers. Overall, my favorite part of the night was when…

I was offered a time slot to perform on the spot, I did.

Apparently the performers ran out of material to play prematurely and since my friend’s band AdapterAdapter had connections with the owner of Buddy’s and told him I play guitar and sing, I was offered to play my very own spur of the moment acoustic set. Although I was surprised, out of practice, and pretty buzzed, I had an amazing time performing and the crowd was warm, supportive, and attentive. I performed covers of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Olivia Tremor Control’s “I Have Been Floated,” Nirvana’s version of “The Man Who Sold the World,” and The Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek.” Going to Buddy’s Pizza Pub was one of the best places I have experience in the Fall River/New Bedford area thus far. Is there any evidence of my epic night out at Buddy’s? Does it sound too good to be true? I’ll leave you with this…

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Pictured: Nick and I in full swoon-mode.

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Barrett’s Ale House: Your One Stop Sports Bar/Dance Club/TGI Fridays

Everyone has their own unique tastes and preferences; what might strike one as an enticing experience, might strike another as the proverbial “bummer.”

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In regards to Fall River’s Barrett’s Alehouse, my experience fell towards the latter end of the spectrum I mentioned above however, shown by how packed the building was during my Friday night visit, there are many who feel differently.

Barrett’s Alehouse offers a large, grocery store-sized parking lot which apparently wasn’t quite big enough; I had to circle the lot a few times to secure a spot. After my friend Kristyn and I entered Barrett’s we were greeted immediately by three hostesses, all standing behind the same front booth, which for some reason struck me as kind of odd.

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In unison: “Welcome to Barrett’s Alehouse!”

Some of the first things I noticed about Barrett’s were that it was quite large, almost like a very dark cafeteria separated into three sections. On the left side there was a room with some small tables lining the perimeter, some electronic dance music, and an empty dance floor illuminated by one of those cheesy rotating, rainbow, light-show balls from the 90’s.

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I wonder how many tickets it cost them.

The center of Barrett’s Alehouse contained the bulk of the dinner crowd and the large, congested, oval-shaped bar. Bar patrons were a mix of people raging from age 21 to age 50 an beyond. The right side of the restaurant offers smaller tables for two and mini counter tops without chairs. I suppose that the benefits of the mini counter tops were that they allowed for patrons who couldn’t secure a place to sit, with a viable surface to set their drinks on while they stand awkwardly.

Although Barrett’s is a self-proclaimed “alehouse,” it’s beer selection is unimpressive. It ranges from “macro’s” such as Budweiser, to exports such as Guinness and Stella, to “fringe-craft” offerings a la Shocktop. When a restaurant calls itself an alehouse, I expect for it to have at least a minor focus on tap diversity.

Chama’s special taps are at the ready.

You mean I can get light beer OR dark beer?! So diverse! THIS is an ALEHOUSE!

Since I didn’t want to spend seven dollars on a beer that would cost one to two dollars at a liquor store, I opted a nine dollar mixed drink called a Vermont Cod in the hopes that it would have more bang for the buck; it had bang alright, but not where I hoped it would. It was a small red drink that tasted like thick, pure maple syrup.

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Bottoms up!

If viewing sporting events is a large part of the reason you go to certain bars and restaurants, Barrett’s Alehouse might be for you. They have 30 big screen TV’s, most of which have 70+ inch screens. While I interpreted the excess of TV’s as, well, excessive and a misplacement of financial resources, others might enjoy the visual bombardment with broadcasts of every sport ever played along with news reels on an endless loop. Barrett’s would be a good place for sports fans who want to feel like they’re being social while not actually have to talk to anybody.

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So turn off the TV, get up off the couch, and come pack yourself into a seat at Barrett’s Alehouse…where you can watch OUR TV’s.

Halfway through my maple syrup cocktail I notice that the Beyonce song being pumped through the speakers in the main bar room was involved in a power clash with the dance music coming from the room with the sad dance floor; this was annoying. Fortunately enough, the food served at Barrett’s, notable the burgers and pizza (albeit distinctly bar pizza) stood out from the usual bar-food experience.

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Pictured: “Bar Pizza”

If you want to have a typical sports bar experience with good food, a crowded bar, an average drink selection, plenty of space to show off your dance moves, very dim lighting, and a young, attractive, and attentive female staff, Barrett’s Alehouse is the place for you.

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Fall River’s Taphouse Grille Has Something for Everyone

Hello everyone. My name is Ben, I’m twenty-two years old, and I am a raging craft beer geek.

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I once overheard some fellow beer geeks praise the draft and bottle selection at Fall River’s Taphouse Grille, and after having a chance conversation with the Grille’s owner (who happened to be enjoying a drink at The Black Rabbit right beside me) it seemed as though my next stop had chosen me.

After roughly a minute long drive from The Black Rabbit I arrived at an open parking spot directly in front of Taphouse Grille. The Taphouse, located at 159 South Main Street (right across from the Fall River District Court), provides patrons with the convenience of free valet parking and also do not charge a cover fee. As I was walking inside I noticed that the building seemed to be aesthetically fixated towards masculinity with it’s darkly finished wood paneling and rugged looking typography.

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Once I was inside I quickly took a seat at the center of the large bar section and marveled at the 24 taps; heaven for a beer geek. There were also 50 craft beers available in bottles, none of which were particularly rare or attention grabbing. Jugs of sangria and scorpion bowls were also available on the drink menu. All of the tables and booths seemed to be full and there was a two-man guitar duo playing Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” on a small stage at the back of the bar. The bartenders were very attentive and asked what I wanted before I had fully taken my seat. After ordering Wormtown Brewery’s superb “Be Hoppy” IPA, I took a minute to scope the place out and get a feel for the type of crowd Taphouse Grille attracts. I noticed that most of the people in attendance were probably between 35 and 55 years old with a few families out to dinner and some small scattered groups of people in their 20’s. Everyone was relatively well dressed which went along with the Taphouse Grille’s squeaky clean look. The granite bar, the brown leather booths, and the hardwood floors were polished and shining brightly. I felt lucky to have come at night because if I had stopped in for lunch I might have gone blind.

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While I was savoring the crisp citrus flavors of my IPA the band started to play another Buffet hit, “If You Like Pina Coladas.” Seeing live music is one of my all time favorite activities and bars score big points with me if they host performances. Not many people were paying attention to the band, but they provided everyone with some nice background music. I don’t understand how anyone could carry on with conversations over the singer belting out Buffet hooks. It definitely is not a place I would recommend going to alone or with the intention of meeting new people on the Friday and Saturday nights that bands play. As you can see in the above photograph, the Taphouse Grille is larger than it looks from the outside. Despite it’s large size, the venue was packed tightly, mostly with people eating at tables. It’s a good place to go to with a group, but the combination of loud music and a decent size crowd doesn’t make for an optimal environment for socializing.

The Taphouse Grille isn’t known only for it’s vast beer selection, it’s food happens to be locally renowned as well. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays which is just as uncommon as it is awesome. The menu features mostly Italian and American food styles such as stuffed meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and chicken wings. I got hungry watching so many people chowing down that I had to order some of their breaded Italian raviolis, deep fried and loaded with mozzarella cheese. They tasted really fresh and came with a side of Pomodoro dipping sauce; I give them five stars.

For one high quality beer and a deliciously filling appetizer I only ended up paying about 14 dollars. I was impressed by the fair prices of everything on the menu. A dinner for two probably wouldn’t exceed 40 dollars. I didn’t fall completely in love with the Taphouse Grille, mainly because three quarters of the patrons were my parents age and I felt somewhat out of place. The large beer selection is sort of misleading because one generally thinks that such a vast selection will include some hard to get beers, however Taphouse featured nothing you couldn’t get at most beer bars. Places like The Black Rabbit are smaller and better for meeting new people and having conversations, but if you’re looking for delicious food, a decent beer selection, and some live music, give Taphouse Grille a visit.

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Battleship Brewhouse: A MUST for Craft Beer Advocates

I find great comfort in discovering my own little havens, sacred places with an incomprehensible and jarringly beautiful gravitation that pulls me up and out of the deep, dark graves of irrational fear and self doubt that I so often find I have subconsciously dug myself into.

These pieces of personal paradise lead me to a better understanding of who I am at the core of myself. Sometimes I can walk into a bar, a record shop, or even just somewhere in nature and I immediately know that THIS is where I belong. I had a similar experience upon entering Fall River’s Battleship Brewhouse. If you’ve read any of my previous blog entries, you are probably already aware of the passion that drives me to the experiences and subsequent evaluations of potential candidates for a new sanctuary.

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My prayers for fine craft beer were answered by a simple slogan inscribed on the wall:

GOT SOME IF YOU NEED IT! BATTLESHIP BREWHOUSE: Fall River’s original craft Beer Bar Est. 2008

After reading their slogan I imagine I looked something like this:

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Pictured: my eager face.

However, if I were to ascribe a facial expression representing my first impression of Battleship Brewhouse, I would have chosen a vastly different stock image of a child’s face from Google.

First Impression:

I pulled into the parking lot of the city’s “Executive Plaza” located at 101 President Avenue, and got a modest first impression of the Brewhouse. It is situated in a shopping plaza between (if my memory serves me well) a nail salon and some kind of juice bar or frozen yogurt shop. I can’t recall an instance in which I arrived at a shopping plaza and thought, “Gee, this going to be an amazingly fun and/or culturally enriching experience that will restore my hope and faith in the human race!” I usually think something more akin to “Well, I hope I don’t see too many overwhelmed mothers employing tragically confused parenting tactics on their hyperactive, McDonald’s crazed, candy obsessed spawn.” A little bit dark? Perhaps, however I really do hate shopping plazas.

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What’s to hate?

My initial expectations of Battleship Brewhouse were meager but to my surprise, any preconceived notions of pessimism were shunned from memory upon entering this holy house of the drink. I walked into Battleship Brewhouse at about 10:30pm on an unforgivably icy March night and my soul was not prepared for what I was about to experience; it was love at first sight.

Why Battleship Brewhouse rules, hard:

LIVE MUSIC-Battleship Brewhouse hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night. As soon as I walked inside, I looked to my right and was greeted by a live band with a beautiful lead singer. The band was an acoustic outfit with an array of musicians of all different ages. There were two guitar players that looked to be close to middle-aged, the lead singer and the drummer appeared to be twenty-somethings, and then there was a tiny little boy in the middle of them all with some kind of chime instrument around his neck that he played with a wooden stick; he was probably ten years old. They were playing a genre of music that is a deeply beloved favorite of mine: jug band music. The band is called The Moldy Suitcases and this is what they look like:

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Best female jug band vocalist with a mold affiliation since Maria Muldaur!

The Moldy Suitcases are far from a typical bar band; watching them perform was my favorite experience of my entire exploration of Fall River’s nightlife thus far. The Suitcases’ jazz tinted folk songs are composed with some of the traditional instruments utilized by blues and folk legends such as the Memphis Jug Band or the later Jim Kweskin Jug Band. The band’s incorporation of a drum kit made entirely out of old suitcases is not only an incredibly original innovation to jug band music, but it also carries the torch of the century-old folk tradition of exploring tones created by “playing” regular household items. I must mention that there is no need for quotation marks around the word “playing” when describing how they churn music out of they achieve Luckily The Moldy Suitcases and other fine local talents play at Battleship Brewhouse regularly. Check out their performance dates via their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/themoldysuitcase

UNRIVALED CRAFT BEER SELECTION-

 

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It’s lonely at the top.

Battleship Brewhouse offers 40 craft beers on tap and 80 bottled craft offerings. The only other bar in Fall River that can (barely) hold a candle to the craft selection at Battleship Brewhouse is the Taphouse Grille, however that comparison only applies to the amount of available craft options. In regards to diversity in beer styles and the availability of the latest and most interesting craft beer releases, Battleship Brewhouse stands unrivaled. During my visit I ordered the freshest Troegs Nugget Nectar I’ve ever tasted, Cambridge Brewing’s Audacity of Hops, and finished with the low alcohol by volume (ABV) Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale to finish out the night.

My sole complaint about my experience at Battleship Brewhouse was that I was only given a five ounce pour of Cambridge’s Audacity of Hops Belgian IPA. Audacity is a fantastic beer but it is by no means expensive, rare, or of high ABV; the meager pour remains a mystery until my next visit when I will hopefully remember to make an inquiry. Even if every craft beer offered at Battleship were five ounce pours (very few others were), I would still drive 45 minutes from my house in Attleboro, while passing several other bars on the way, to Fall River’s Battleship Brewhouse; they just really know how to swoon a craft beer mega-geek.

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Battleship Brewhouse is also a restaurant with probably close to as many menu options are there are beer taps. Battleship’s Facebook pages states, “Serving Burgers, Quesedillas, Sour Dough Sandwiches, Steaks, Pasta Dishes and Portuguese Cuisine (to name a few).” They also serve barbeque, seafood, vegetarian, and Italian dishes; even the pickiest of stubborn Stanley’s wouldn’t leave the Brewhouse empty-bellied.

The drastic variation of the food choices could be interpreted as a reflection of Fall River’s ethnically diverse populous. In a city where a great number of residents come from different countries and cultures, it would be unwise from a business standpoint to exclude traditional dishes if their is a clear demand for them.

Considering the small size of the building, Battleship Brewhouse has plenty of seating for those who prefer a table and chair over a bar and bar stool.

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I don’t know how many men it takes to operate a battleship, but I’m pretty sure this Brewhouse could fit the entire crew and rid them of their scurvy..or was that just a pirate thing? Never mind.

Whether you’re a proud beer geek, a live music junkie, a rampant foodie, or just someone who wants to go out to eat or grab drinks with friends or the whole family, Battleship Brewhouse is Fall River’s Renaissance man of the local bar scene and my new personal craft beer Mecca of Southeastern Massachusetts. Even if my evaluation of the Brewhouse doesn’t sound like an experience that would appeal to you personally, sgive it a visit and if you still aren’t satisfied, chances are that Battleship Brewhouse didn’t fail you, you failed Battleship Brewhouse.

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The Black Rabbit: Fall River’s Time Machine to the 20’s

Fall River’s Black Rabbit, modeled after the notorious speakeasies of the prohibition era, is a refreshing new addition to the local nightlife. The Black Rabbit’s old-time vibe provides patrons with a unique and memorable thematic experience.

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The Black Rabbit’s authenticity is aided by choices in design such as the old fashioned bar top, the tall mirrors behind the bar, the antique golden cash register, the replica bourbon barrels, the mason jar drinking glasses, and the portraits of some of the eras most infamous rum runners lining the walls.

Across from the bar is a luxurious lounge section with several small tables, each with one chair across from a cushioned bench built into the wall. This area is better arranged for couples to have face to face conversations without having to shout or break their necks trying to maintain eye contact.

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Without having to use much imagination I can easily picture flapper girls Charleston-ing their way into those booths, sipping martinis, smoking cigarettes, and discussing which jazz musicians are the “cat’s pajamas” or the “bee’s knees.”

The Black Rabbit has a somewhat basic selection of beers on draft ranging from domestic brews such as Bud Light, to imports such as Stella Artois, to craft offerings such as Samuel Adams. The bar staff was friendly and attentive and the patrons were social and welcoming during my night at The Black Rabbit. There were only about ten people present on the Friday of my visit, but the frigid February night is a likely culprit for the low attendance.

There were also a few things that detracted from my experience at The Black Rabbit. Every song I heard was either mainstream hip hop or “dance-y” pop music which caused me to forget about the speakeasy theme from time to time.

Don’t show up hungry because there is no kitchen and the staff frowns upon patrons bringing their own food.

There are also some odd raises and drops in the elevation of the floor, which aren’t easily detectable (I twisted my ankle from tripping over one of these as I was exiting).

Whether you’re a Fall River local or just a passing visitor, The Black Rabbit is a worthwhile stop for anybody with an interest in the prohibition era, old fashion decor, or even just someone seeking a change from the typical bar experience.

The Black Rabbit is located at 85 Anawan Street in downtown Fall River and is walking distance from several other popular local bars. It’s convenient location and hassle-free parking makes it difficult to think of a reason to not stop in for a drink; it could become your new go-to brew house. It’s also worth mentioning that The Black Rabbit frequently hosts musical events and live performances performances; visit their Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/lu4jy7a for scheduling information.

So what are you waiting for?! Put on your glad rags, grab yourself a Jane, and come drink a jar of bootleg giggle juice! The Black Rabbit will be waiting at the door to greet you.

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City & Seaside Deluxe Dining: Inner Bay Cafe

Want to go where it feels like everyone knows your name and they are ready and waiting to serve you some of the best traditional Portuguese, Italian, and American cuisine that might even give Vovó a spoonful of competition in the kitchen? Then head down to Inner Bay Cafe.

I fell in love the very first time I stopped in with a few friends to “just grab a drink.” One drink warranted a stuffed quahog which accompanied my kale soup out of which evolved a glass of house red wine…you get my drift? Before I knew it they were rolling out a great big seafood cart that looked like something I saw on the Food Network. Owner, Toni Soares, was proud to let me snap a shot of him holding up a shrimp as big as my forearm!

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Day turned into a warm May evening on the South Coast, and the regular guests were merrily talking to one another as if it were the kitchen table on a holiday and more happy customers shuffled in with smiles and plenty to talk about. (Hey-I’m Portuguese…we are loud entertainers)

I found myself excited to return to Inner Bay after a really long day at work just a few days later. I was alone and secretly in need of good conversation and I felt right at home. Judie Soares was behind the bar and made sure to keep my drinks topped off and my belly full with complimentary cinnamon bread that melted in my mouth-literally! I was in need of a good ol’ fashion Portuguese steak sandwich and Judie placed it in front of me accompanied by a heaping plate of delicious fries. I stayed four more hours and had another appetizer while enjoying the company of local singers, artists, teachers, employees, fisherman, business owners, entrepreneurs; you name it.

Inner Bay Cafe is definitely not your average restaurant. It’s an elegant and welcoming dining experience with a view of the city and the sea, serving exquisite, premium, traditional Portuguese entrees- with an emphasis on fresh and flavorful seafood dishes. Ninety percent of the menu is made to order to accommodate all guests, so if you love extra garlic, have a no starch diet or allergies, then rest assured the staff at Inner Bay will cater to all your needs.

“Inner Bay Cafe…Where the Extra is Ordinary!”

You will be impressed by the beautiful brick building situated in the South end of New Bedford and overlooking the bay. The 100 year old building served as the Silmo Syrup Company which produced the coffee syrup we are lucky to enjoy on the South Coast. Seriously, I have to mail it to my brother in Las Vegas.

The dining area reflects rich art and culture seating 60 guests comfortably. An upper level dining lounge and bar area includes a full function room; a fantastic location to host any event. Bay view dine outdoors, hang out by the piano bar, dance to the DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, sing karaoke on Sunday, grab a cup of Espresso mid -day on the grind, and if you’re anything like me, then pick a seat at the bar and mingle with good people happy to welcome you to the crowd!

Parking is always free and easily accessible too, ao be sure to take time to visit Inner Bay Café for a cultured and sensational dining experience on the South Coast, and catch the sunset over the city while you enjoy the favored, Octopus “A Cagareiro,” or the infamous “Codfish Silmo” seafood delights.

You can leave feeling good that part of your purchase is paying it forward since Inner Bay supports many local charities such as the Relay for Life, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Portuguese United Education, and many more.

Check out Inner Bay’s sponsored Day Trip here: Dinner Inner Bay Style

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Resolve To Get Involved!

Hello Friends, Happy New Year!

Now that we have had a week to put our resolutions to the test, I have been thinking about a less daunting message to share with you. How about instead of putting so much pressure on ourselves to eat this and not that, or whatever you resolve to improve now that a fresh start to the year is here, why don’t we resolve to get involved with our community?

The South Coast is home to so many nationally recognized attractions, shops, dining experiences, beaches, monuments, and so much more!

Let’s resolve to unite as a team of positive people working together for the greater good. Besides, I know I am a heck of a lot better at keeping resolutions when I have a friend on board, never mind an entire community.

Giving Back to the South Coast

The New Bedford Travel Guide team is moving into our third year serving New Bedford and the surrounding South Coast communities, so naturally I took some time to reflect on this past year as Editor at NBTG. What a wonderful journey 2013 was and I am honored for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing mission!

Last year we launched our beautifully redesigned website, released our second print guide, created a three credit Experience Learning Course at UMass Dartmouth out of which came our first editorial staff, created a bi-weekly resourceful newsletter, provided visitors and local residents with valuable resources to experience the best of the South Coast, had the opportunity of attending many amazing local events, networked with community activists for positive change, worked with local businesses to increase profits and promote the power of shopping local, united with many local businesses to give back to charities and nonprofits, and worked our hardest to promote a thriving and sustainable South Coast!

All of these exciting contributions were successful with the help of other like-minded people, businesses and organizations who came together for a shared cause.

We witnessed the power of paying it forward with our Traveling Gift Basket initiative and now we want to keep the spirit of giving back alive all year.

Become a Part of the New Bedford Travel Guide

Won’t you join us in promoting the beautiful South Coast in 2014? I promise that the benefits of getting involved in a healthy community have helped me personally gain confidence in humanity after such a heart wrenching year full of peril and tragedy.

So how about it? Let’s promote local business and personal and professional initiatives that represent the beautiful South Coast. Learn how our resources can help guide your mission and let your voice be heard by local residents and visiting vacationers who are excited to experience all the South Coast has to offer. We look forward to another year working with YOU to maintain a healthy community in unity! Resolve to Get Involved in Your Community!

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Awesome Asian Food

Our exploration of the South Coast’s food offerings continues with great local Asian restaurants. Whether you’re craving fresh sushi or some tasty chow mein, you can find it here.

Azuma Asian Bistro in Dartmouth serves some of the best quality sushi in the area. They offer many of the same rolls you might find elsewhere, like their Tuna and Salmon Rolls, but the best part of their menu is their Signature and Specialty Rolls. You can find many unique choices for sushi, including their Godzilla Roll or the Red Sox Roll, which is made with salmon, avacado, and cream cheese topped with tuna, tobiko, and spicy mayo. Azuma also offers a hibachi grill, which gives you a personal chef to cook in front of you and your friends. While expensive, their hibachi is always delicious and fun.

Down the road from Azuma, Wasabi and Thai Taste make for great hangout spots for anyone looking to relax with friends after a long day. Wasabi is home to great chinese and japanese entrees, like their sushi, Sweet and Sour Chicken, or any of their vegetarian plates. Thai Taste’s long sushi menu offers a number of awesome options, like their Strawberry Delight Roll, which includes a combination of lobster, Shrimp Tempura, and spicy crab with strawberries. If you like spicy food, Thai Taste has a wide range of tasty dishes with varying levels of heat. If you’re unsure what to choose, I suggest any of their “Curry Offerings” with chicken to help get you used to this tasty kind of food.

Another great Thai food place is downtown New Bedford’s Spicy Lime Thai Cuisine. They offer many of the same dishes as Thai Taste, but don’t let this deter you from giving them a try. They have plenty of amazing dishes, like their Stir Fried Cashew Nuts (Pad Hima Pan) with your choice of meat. I was a bit cautious about the idea of cashews in a meal, but after trying it, this has become one of my favorites! If you’re looking for vegan options, Spicy Lime also has a number of tasty veggie plates, along with other local restaurants.

So don’t go to a chinese buffet when you can get fresh and tasty Asian food made just for you! Eat healthier and more flavorful food with these South Coast Asian restaurants.

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Holiday Drinking Guide: Presented By Town Liquor

Season’s greetings from Town Liquor in Dartmouth! Along with friends, family, great food, and festive decorations, the holidays bring upon all kinds of unique seasonal drinks. From beer to wine, winter’s beverage offerings are among the tastiest of the year.

One of the main attractions for holiday drinks can be found in the liqueur section of the store. Rum Chata and Chila Orchata are some of the most delicious drinks around, with cinnamon and vanilla flavoring that make these cream liqueurs taste like rice pudding! Rum Chata, Baileys, and many more spirits are also available in great gift sets at Town Liquor, so don’t forget to ask. Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Liqueur is another popular choice around this time of year, tasting like, well, pumpkin pie!

Ciders make for some of the best holiday drinks, whether they’re cold or warm. If you like Jack Daniels, the company recently released its Winter Jack Tennessee Cider that serves as a great gift idea, or to serve at your holiday party. It’s made with real Jack Daniels Whiskey, so if you’re a JD lover, you’ve got to give it a try. Town Liquor also carries a number of other hard ciders, including J.K. Winterruption Hard Cider. Like all other J.K. ciders, it’s organic, and is one of the best ciders available when served slightly cooled or a little bit warmed.

“Any cabernets or pinot noirs pair well with most meals served for the holidays. Cabernet sauvignon’s full body red pairs well with heavy meats like steak, and pinot noirs are a light delicate wine that pairs well with most other foods.”

Don’t forget to check out their great selection of other craft beers, with micro brews from New England and around the world. Winter seasonal beers tend to have the same flavors as the liqueurs, with generous doses of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Sam Adam’s Winter Lager or Magic Hat’s Heart of Darkness Stout are some of the better winter beers available, but give the rest a try and see for yourself!

If you’re not a wine aficionado, finding the right one to go with your holiday meals might seem impossible. Fear not, Town Liquor has all the wine knowledge you need to get the right wine in your hands! Owner Yogi Patel said, “Any cabernets or pinot noirs pair well with most meals served for the holidays. Cabernet sauvignon’s full body red pairs well with heavy meats like steak, and pinot noirs are a light delicate wine that pairs well with most other foods.” Meals that include turkey also go perfectly with red wines like pinot noir, while chicken pairs best with chardonnay. So keep your meal in mind when looking around for a wine, and if you want an expert suggestion, just ask Yogi while you’re shopping at Town Liquor!

As you watch the snow fall, warm up by the fire with a tasty drink and some friends. The holidays will be here before you know it, so when you’re done with the shopping, cooking, and stress, drink up and be merry!

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Cool Holiday Clothes Shopping

As holiday shopping approaches, add a little more character to your gifts and enjoy shopping in our very own downtown New Bedford! With large commercial stores pulling out their seasonal discounts and promotions, you can avoid some of the major chaos and help support a small business without sacrificing your paycheck or fashion sense. Many of the shops in downtown New Bedford offer unique clothing and accessories you won’t find at the big-business department stores. The best part? All these great stores are within a few blocks of each other! Check out our day trip to help you plan the day.

Carter’s Clothing and Footwear

Carter’s Clothing specializes in high quality products for men. They carry a lot of heavy-duty clothing lines, like Carhartt and Timberland, making them the perfect place to shop for your winter clothes. Their great selection of boots, sweatshirts, coats, rain gear, thermals, and other product lines make it one of the best places around to prepare for the winter weather! Carter’s also has a fashionable side, with an awesome selection of footwear and clothing from Champion, Jordan, Adidas, and more. You’ll be looking good and shopping local!

Artificial Marketplace

Located on William Street, the Artificial Marketplace is filled with everything vintage. From furniture to records, Artificial Marketplace has it all. They also have a great selection of vintage clothing. You will find unique shirts, hats, jackets, shoes, and other accessories from back in the day. If you stop in on the right day, you could get lucky and find that one-of-a-kind gift!

Celia’s Boutique

On the corner of William and Pleasant Street, you’ll find one of the area’s best selections in women’s professional and casual clothing. Celia’s Boutique specializes in classy and fashionable designer tops, pants, dresses and accessories to keep you looking good in and out of work. They also carry a variety of handbags, and if you’re having trouble finding what looks great, Celia and her staff of professional fashionistas will help you piece together the perfect outfit.

767 Exchange

Technically, 767 Exchange on Purchase Street is a small thrift shop. However, it’s actually much more than that. You can buy, sell, or even trade for their new, used, and vintage clothing and accessories. While the store is small and quaint, this makes it concentrated on selective fashion! Only the best of the best makes it onto the clothing racks at the 767 Exchange. Stop by and see for yourself.

Laney Baby & Co.

Adults aren’t the only ones who are fun to shop for in downtown New Bedford. Laney Baby & Co sells all sorts of new and used clothing, furniture, accessories and toys for newborns and children up to age 5. With new items arriving all the time, your youngster will be the coolest dressed kid on the block! If you’re not sure what to buy for a baby gift, Laney Baby & Co also offers gift certificates.

Calico

For more casual, but highly fashionable women’s clothing, Calico on Union Street is the place to go. They have a number of brand names that will have you looking stylish whether you’re spending the day shopping or having a night out on the town. They sell everything a girl could want, like stylish dresses, classy shirts, pretty pants, and stunning shoes along with the perfect accessories to pull the whole outfit together.

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