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Oct 24, 2007 09:02 AM

Thayer Street in Providence

If you had to pick one place, and one place only, to eat on Thayer Street, and money wasn't an object, but the restriction of it being located on Thayer Street was unchangeable -- where would you go?

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  1. I always liked Andrea's when I lived in that area...

    1. The falafel joint. Slim pickings on Thayer.

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      1. re: JaneRI

        Is Geoff's still on Thayer? When I lived on Block Island, we'd take the ferry to the mainland just to have sandwiches there. Well, and to go to Dunkin' Donuts, I guess, but mostly for Geoff's.

        1. re: ctscorp

          Not sure, but the original Geoff's is still there on Benefit. Just ate there over the summer (after many years not eating there, and many years eating there constantly before that). Still good!

      2. Money being an object is kind of irrelevant, since most of the things worth eating on Thayer are cheap. East Side Pockets, Via Via, Nice Slice, or Bagel Gourmet, honestly. Or a burger at Paragon, but the higher-end food I've had there has been lousy.

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        1. re: celeriac

          Paragon does have a pretty good brunch buffet style thing. Not super fancy, but if you're nursing a hangover, you'd do well to go there. The "Champagne" in the champagne brunch can be substituted for a great bloody mary...

          As for the one place I'd eat on Thayer?
          Byblos aka "the falafel joint" (much better than East Side Pockets!)

          Nice Slice comes in at a close second, but I could eat pizza for every meal of the day and be pleased.

          1. re: modysoul

            What do you think of Curry & Kebob (is that the right name?) or Blue State Coffee? Do they serve real food? Or just coffee and nibbles?

            1. re: FeedMeMore

              Kabob & Curry would be my pick on Thayer. It's my favorite Indian food, and I pass two places to get there. Solidly great, great ownership, etc.

              Bagel Gourmet Ole is a close second. Breakfast burritos from there----mmmm.

              Have been going to Andrea's since they opened (I was a teenager) and they're also consistently good.

          2. re: celeriac

            Can I ask what you liked about Via Via? I wasn't that impressed with their pizza.

            1. re: malyna

              Their BBQ chicken pizza is great. When we lived in Boston, we probably had it delivered at least once every other week.

              1. re: Frobisher

                Maybe I'm misreading your post, Frobisher -- Via Via in Providence delivers to Boston? That's got to be a record for area coverage, as one's about an hour's drive away from the other.

                1. re: bachslunch

                  Uhh not quite--Via Via is a chain. There's one in Boston and another in Newport, RI and maybe some others.
                  I'm not a big fan of Via Via but it's the only place on Thayer that's open past 2 AM (unofficially, of course, and not all the time).

                  1. re: Saturnine

                    Not really a chain, just a family operation with more than location.

                    I grew up in Newport patronizing the original location off Bellevue. The Boston one has since closed, perhaps due to our move to Providence. So I think now they are down to the 2 in Newport and Thayer.

                    As to delivery, definetely not to Boston. They won't even come over to Elmhurst.

              2. re: malyna

                Via Via has good dough with a nice flavor and a decent chew. They stretch it to a reasonable thickness for an NY-style slice, and they have a wood burning oven which gives them the temp necessary to nicely crisp the bottom of a slice. I will say that I have not found their whole pies to be as good as their slices, which is true of many places where the slice is reheated. It's slightly underdone so that with the reheat it's just right. So if you got a whole pie, maybe that would explain your being underwhelmed. Or perhaps it's just another case of food being subjective.

                The only gripe I have with them is that their sauce can occasionally be too sweet or too garlicky, but besides that I find it to be by far the best vaguely NY-style slice in Providence.

                By the way, they have plenty of topping combos I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot-pole, but that's true of many places. Beyond the plain slice, the four cheese and white spinach and portobella are both good.

            2. Blue State Coffee sells (a selection of) pastries from Seven Star Bakery's and coffee from New Harvest...One place? Meeting Street Cafe? Does that count? If not, I second the "burger from Paragon"

              1. Blaze has opened a Thayer Street outpost - I haven't been, don't know if it measures up to the Hope Street location, which is a good, fun, neighborhood bistro.

                I was pleasantly surprised once by the food at Shanghi on Thayer - better than we expected Chinese.

                I also think that Phonatic, just off Thayer on, um, Meeting? is nice - decent pho, really nice people, we enjoyed everything we ordered. Nothing spectacular but I'd definitely go back there for dinner.

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                1. re: jsd

                  Forgot about Shanghai----we really love it. I'd get it a lot more (takeout) if not for the parking and relative inconvenience (I often have my kids w/me on the takeout runs). It's a good place!

                  1. re: jsd

                    The food at Blaze on Hope is mediocre, for the price you pay.

                    1. re: malyna

                      i've had a bad experience at blaze on hope too. i had their tamarind pork chop and it was salty beyond salty (and i love salt). my bf's steak frites with chimichurri sauce was also mediocre and not at all authentic tasting

                      1. re: sprinklez

                        Sadly I have to 3rd the negative Blaze on Thayer comments. Been 2 or 3 times and each time something was wrong with the food. Not up to the Hope Street standards at all.

                        1. re: Jenkins

                          Okay then! We had a fun and perfectly fine dinner at Blaze on Hope about 6 weeks ago but clearly mileage varies.