Tapas in Providence?
I am coming to Providence for the night and am craving tapas. Are there any good places (or a previous thread) anyone can recommend? I am going to be in the Thayer St. area I believe.
Sadly true Tapas represents a gaping hole in Providence's dining scene. One of the few things I find myself missing since I moved here from Boston.
There was a place in Silver Lake called Lamoia which did an approximation of tapas. I say approximation because the portions were far larger than typical tapas and the influence was more italian than spanish. However, the food was outstanding. Unfortunately, they had a fire last year and do not believe that they have reopened.
Assuming you have a car and would like "small plates" even if not spanish style tapas you could try Local 121 which is downtown, www.local121.com, or La Laterie, which is wayland square. Local 121 recently opened. It has the best bar in the City and an emphasis on local organic ingredients. La Laterie is next door to, and owned and operated by the same people who own Farmstead, a cheese shop. While neither place would qualify as cheap eats, both menus feature a decent number of less expensive options.
If you will not have a car and do not want to take take a cab, my Thayer street knowledge is limited. I od know that Blaze recently opended a second location on Thayer. The original Blaze on Hope St. is among my favorites in the City. Again not cheap eats but plenty of relatlively inexpensive options.