Every time I get on the New England board, my computer freezes so I'll ask this quickly. Does anyone have a recommendation for a casual but nice place in Prov. for this Sat.? We'll be going to Lupos so we won't be looking too nice. A place with a few options from sandwiches to nicer dinners is good. I know there's a decent brew pub but wanted to try something else. Anyone been to XO, Prov. Bookstore Cafe, Eclectic or Adesso? Thanks.
I've been to XO. It's absolutely fantastic. Wonderful eclectic food, great atomosphere, and unusual & tasty cocktails (I recommend the Vong chamgpagne cocktail). There's a counter you can sit at overlooking the ktichen and the chefs give you little tastes of everything in addition to your meal.
Definitely check it out.
The last time I ate at Adesso was over ten years ago, but apparently it hasn't changed much since then. It's still very popular.
In other words, I would expect Cal-Ital pizzas, pastas, etc. that were extremely hip in the 80s but are just good food now.
A place I have heard good things about but haven't been to (since I don't get up to Prov. too often, sob) is Downcity Food and Cocktails (check that name, I know it starts with Downcity). It's close to Lupo's too.
I can think of a couple of good restaurants that are within short walking distance of Lupos. Trinity Brewhouse is about three blocks away. It is, just like it sounds, a brewpub. They have great sandwiches and pub food. A little closer is DownCity Food & Cocktails. I haven't been there in a few years, but they always had some delicious homestyle food like meatloaf, prime rib, etc.
I don't know where Lupos is but 2 places I know in Providence are Grappa...right on the water..thin crust pizzas and dinners.. and Z Bar...both have lively crowds and good food.
I have no opinions to offer on Providence, tho I have heard good things about XO, but MY computer freezes whenever I go to the NE Board,too...Anyone know the deal????