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Apr 15, 2007 01:24 PM

Best Smoothies - Providence

Now that Spring is here and Summer's around the corner, where does everyone find their favorite smoothies?

By my criteria, fresh or frozen ingredients must be used (not smoothie-flavoring gel #3 from a jar, as is the case in the Starbucks chains I've been to) and the smoothie must actually be *smooth*, not icy...

That said, I haven't had many around here, but my favorites are:

1) Three Sisters: Oak Hill/Blackstone
- The closest to what I make at home. Fairly smooth, but still with a clump of ice at the bottom
2) Coffee Edge: Wayland Square
- Also nice and smooth, but still with a clump of ice at the bottom. I *love* their green tea smoothie

Worth considering if already there
Jac's Wraps: Pawtucket
- They're merely OK. Since Jac's seems never to be open when I'm by there, I can't see if they've improved at all

Not worth trying:
Ben and Jerry's
- At least the one on Thayer is mostly all ice and mostly tasteless.

Other favorites that everyone has?

- Garris
Providence, RI

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  1. I like the place that's behind Au Bon Pain on Thayer Street. No idea what it's called -- It's a little hole-in-the-wall that serves crepes and smoothies. No ice stuck on the bottom of these. I grab them pretty frequently when I don't have time for lunch....

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    1. re: deeelish

      Here's a second for that place, but I also don't know the name. The crepes are also the best I've had in Providence, by far. Cleanliness and service, however, don't seem to be strong suits.

      1. re: winedude

        Are you thinking of La Creperie, in an alley near Waterman & Thayer?

        1. re: Amygirl

          Yes, that's the place. I think the name of the alley is Fones Alley. The best thing about the Creperie is that they're open until 2 AM, I think. I didn't know they have smoothies there, though!

          Any other good places for smoothies?

          - Garris
          Providence, RI

          1. re: Garris

            I haven't actually ordered a smoothie there in over a year, but I'll always have to plump for my old standby, Garden Grille in Pawtucket, right over the Prov line.

            1. re: JaneRI

              Huh, never tried the Garden Grille for smoothies either. I imagine that's a tough place to just drop into and order one to take out, though...

              - Garris

              1. re: Garris

                No, not at all - I've just walked up to the counter and ordered one to go.

    2. You'll have to head South for my fave -- Crazy Burger in Narragansett. I haven't actually tried the traditional smoothies there. I'm still busy working my way through all the delicious frozen fruit-lemonade creations.

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      1. re: ImprovGal

        Yum - I haven't been to Crazy Burger in forever....a trip there is way overdue.

        1. re: ImprovGal

          yay for Crazy Burger! That place is one of my favorites. Their homemade dense little chocolate cookies are just divine and in summer it's so much fun to eat breakfast out on the flower-filled patio in the back. I always scoop up a bunch of those cookies to take home. Has anyone tried the new CB? I know it's in the northern part of the state somewhere and it opened about a year ago?

          1. re: foxy fairy

            Yes, it was in Pawtucket next door to the DMV. I was called the Madhouse Cafe and it's now closed.

            1. re: foxy fairy

              I did NOT know they had a back patio - thanks!

          2. I recently had an amazingly yummy smoothie at Spoons on Angell St in Wayland Square. Since I've only had one, I can't comment on their consistency, but I definately have plans to return to do more "research."

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            1. re: JMD

              As they seem to be open for about 10 minutes a day (sarcastically joking here, but only slightly, as I think they're only open from like 11 to 2, with no "regular" hours) I doubt I'll ever be able to try it :(.

              Thanks for the suggestion!

              - Garris
              Providence, RI

              1. re: Garris

                I agree. Spoons has the most ridiculous hours. I like the food, but service isn't exactly quick around there. Willl make note next time to try the smoothies.

            2. Check out the Smoothy Booty in Wakefield...awesome smoothies from real fruit and juices. The Mocha-Almond-Banana is to die for!