Breakfast Recs. in Providence Needed.
yeah, it's generally preferable to start a new thread for such a far-flung question, but i'll bite. First off, if it's not too late, I would skip Al Forno for dinner (it's just not what it apparently used to be) and hit up Chez Pascal instead, it's probably the best refined dining in town.
For breakfast, Nick's on Broadway all the way--they were closed last week but should be open on Wednesday, I think.
I agree on skipping Al Forno as well... It's certainly not *bad*, just feels a bit worn and I think it's a poor value in a city with lots of newer, more exciting, more innovative menus.
For breakfast, I have to second Nick's, perhaps the best breakfast I've had in a long time (only Sound Bites in Somerville, MA has impressed me as much of late). Julian's, right nearby, is great as well.
For more basic breakfasts, Brickway on Wickenden is worth looking at, as is the Modern Diner in Pawtucket. I'm unclear if Rue de L'espoir has weekday breakfasts or if its weekend only, but it is worth looking at.
I've always considered breakfast in the Providence area to be a bit of a local culinary weakness...