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Mineral Springs Ave, Providence/N.Providence

Hi everyone,

My new job has me frequently at Fatima Hospital, and with Mineral Springs Ave right nearby, I was wondering if there are any restaurants/markets/delis finds I should frequent nearby. I saw Jackie's Galaxy on the road there, and know it is excellent.

Anything else there I should be aware of? Thanks!

- Garris

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  1. Ralph's Bull & Claw is not far from Mineral Spring Ave....take MSA to Charles Street, turn right, and it's about 3 blocks down on the left.

    It's nothing to look at, but the food is spectacular old-school Italian. The veal is the best in town, their stuffies are fantastic, and their calamari is wonderful. The wine list (if you can call it that) is practically non-existent, so definitely not somewhere for a nice night out with a nice bottle of wine, but for lunch or casual dinner, the food can't be beat. www.ralphsbullandclaw.com

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    1. re: dagwood

      Finally went to Ralph's Bull and Claw last night after living near it for 4 years! The outside kind of always scared me off, but you were so right, excellent old school cheap italian food. Got the Rabe and sausage dish and it was excellent. The interior is hilariously beat, but in a comfy sort of way. The owner came over to our table to say hi, ask how the dish was, and told us to tell all our friends to come here!

      1. re: Jenkins

        I'm so glad! Their eggplant is killer too.

    2. Is the fish market just W of Douglas Ave still there?

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      1. re: atheorist

        yes it is still their - great seafood but way overpriced imo

      2. Some of the guys at the falafel place I frequent told me they shop at a great Middle Eastern market right in that area -- I think it's Hallak Middle East Market at 1455 Mineral Spring Ave. I've been meaning to check it out... now I have a reminder to stop by!


        1. I have heard Wildfire (the artist formerly known as Stuffies) is supposed to be good. Have also heard that Mozzarellas has a decent burger.

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          1. re: winochick

            Mozzarellas is nothing to write home about but fits the bill for casual dining. We ate at Wildfire and both really enjoyed our meals. We are big fans of Carrie's on Douglas/Rt. 7. They have a really pleasant bar scene, especially if you are dining by yourself. Also, Cilantros Mexican Grill (junction of Douglas & Mineral Spring) has great chicken soft tacos and burritos. Our next local food adventures will probably be D. Carlo Trattoria http://www.dcarlotrattoria.net/dinner... and Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse http://www.rodiziosteakhouseri.com/Ro...

            1. re: sarahbeth

              Thanks for all of the suggestions!! I'll definitely have to try Cilantros, as I'm a fan of the one downtown (despite some, ah, lax cleanliness and indifferent employees).

              I just remembered one Mineral Springs Ave suggestion myself: Twin's Pizza.

              - Garris

              1. re: Garris

                and Cilantros is great! Twin's is good but I am partial to Julio's :-)

            2. re: winochick

              I have heard wildfire is great as well. Stay away from Mozzarellas - I am not a fan at all of chain food and that is all it seems to be to me.

            3. Feast or Famine (on Mineral Spring, but close to 44) is good for salads and sandwiches. Pauly Penta's Deli makes an excellent Italian grinder and their prepared foods always look good. Julio's is nothing much to look at and the service is indifferent, but the chicken parm is the best I ever had.

              1. Had the pizza at wildfire the other night and it was very good...Mozzarellas is just ok at best

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                1. re: jmac42

                  I read in the Providence Monthly that Wildfire is owned by Atwells Resturant Group aka owners of Providence Oyster Bar and Prime. Perhaps that explains why it is a cut above.

                2. Riccottis for grinders.

                  If your at Fatima you can easily get over to Smith St./Rt44. as well. Lucky Garden and Albert's Cafe are on Smith St before Centerdale. Albert's has great fish and chips. Robert's deli is great and at the intersection of Smith and Gentian (head toward Providence from High Service). Chardonnay's in the Gold's Gym Plaza has good panini and thin crust pizza. They also have a few sushi rolls, which I've never tried. There is also a new deli next to Chardonnay's that I have yet to try, but here good things about.

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                  1. re: Frobisher

                    Great suggestions! Ken Wok on MSA is good too. I love Robert's veggie wraps and Chardonnay's has some great salads too.

                  2. A somewhat new-ish restaurant has come onto my radar screen. It is called
                    Panizza at 1394 Douglas Avenue (right at the intersection of Mineral Spring Avenue). They make some wonderful wraps like Chicken & Eggplant wrap! And they deliver!!! It is take out only but worth the stop!

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                    1. re: sarahbeth

                      Maybe not the most pertainent to the origonal post, but in the 146/Mineral Spring area i love Pauly Pentas Italian deli, in the strip plaza just past Oki's. Their prepared salads and entrees blow (my neighbors) federal hill away, and the "sangwiches" are irresistable. Don't be surprised when Pauly himself is there to ring "yous up".. for sure a RI gem!

                    2. A new-ish restaurant has come onto my radar screen... Panizza located at 1394 Douglas Avenue at the intersection of Mineral Spring Avenue (behind the gas station) It is mostly a take out and delivery place. I can't get enough of their Chicken and Eggplant Wrap. The menu is online at http://www.panizza.foodler.com/

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                      1. re: sarahbeth

                        Just a quick update on some of these restaurants (or, 'My two cents'...)

                        Chardonnay's Cafe closed earlier this year (the owner said he hated being in the plaza with the Golds Gym, since none of his patrons could get parking - so he didn't renew his lease). Across the street, there's "Golden Crust Pizza" - the pizza is delicious and very affordable; the sandwiches are pretty good, the fish and chips are great, and the owner (Mel) is eye candy - and a great guy! If you are not happy with something, he is quick to make it right for you - a rarity in many places these days.

                        "Mozzarella" is a sipn-off from Chelo's, from what I have been told by a few people who work for them. They have two locations - NP and EG, but the concept has not caught on in the past few years, so I don't think Chelo's is continuing with this 'chain'.

                        "Wildfire" is great for Pizzas and Calzones and eggplant rotini - the 'dinners' are "iffy" and very, very pricey.

                        I would say stay away from their 'steak' offerings - on one occasion (about six months ago) I had their steak sandwich (which the waiter said was their 'most popular' sandwich - and it was terrible ( a terrible piece of meat, even though he claimed it was 'prime rib'). I didn't send it back (since he never checked to see how our food was - just came to clear the plates at the end), but he saw that I didn't touch it except for a bite and didn't want it to take with me, yet he still left it on the bill. This past week, my friend ordered the 'steak and cheese calzone' - again, the steak was chewy and full of fat... this time, she sent it back. The waitress told us in a very sarcastic manner "For your inoformation - it's prime rib". On both occasions, which there was a legit complaint about the food, no one - neither server, nor manager, nor hostess - NO ONE - came over to apologize, or to try to make matters better. Very unprofessional.

                        "Feast or Famine" has been closed since the beginning of the year as well, so is the Cranston location (a very short stay in Cranston). The Warren location (original) has been opened and closed so many times, we have lost count. Too bad - it was pretty decent.

                      2. If you're willing to take a ride, Jay's deli in Smithfield isn't bad either.