New to Providence
I have just moved to Providence (Wayland Square) and would love some ideas of where to go.
I've wandered over to Red Stripe a couple of times because it's only two minutes away, and I have also been to the Garden Grille with some friends. Red Stripe has treated me well, in general. I can have decent wine by the glass and I like their small plates. Their house cured smoked salmon is really a treat. My only complaint was the amount of smoke (and fishy smells) wafting out from the open kitchen on one of the nights I was there. None the less, it is a convenient neighborhood spot and I have really enjoyed having it close by during this hectic time when I am unpacking boxes and dealing with the details of my move. It seems I am there early enough to avoid the noise which I have read about.
I am a single woman and enjoy eating alone but the environment needs to be comfortable enough that I do not feel like the object of too much curiousity. I don't mind sitting at the bar but like sitting at a table if the bar is too crazy. I'll eat anything as long as I can stay away from lima beans. Good wine by the glass is a plus, too.
Thanks for any advice. I only know a few people in Providence so this is all new to me. Any advice is welcome. I'll report back in.
Be sure to check out La Laiterie in Wayland Square.
184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906
Welcome to Wayland Square! I live there as well and love it. In the Square proper, there is:
- Farmstead: Wonderful food, high quality, great experience
- Twist: Affordable, fun menu. Big portions. Something for everyone. Hipsters in their 20's dine with folks in their 70's and it feels equally at home to everyone...
- Haruki: Solid, if uninspired, sushi. I personally find the interior cold and bland, others feel its hip... I personally prefer Sakura or Tokyo on Wickenden...
- Minerva pizza: Inexpensive Greek style pizza (which I personally don't like). They don't sell slices...
- Ruffles: Local institution for breakfast. Super cheap, super fast, super average...
- Spoons: It's open for, like, an hour a day for lunch when they feel like it. I refuse to patronize a business that runs its hours like a hobby...
- Waterman Grille (Richmond Square): Solid New American and seafood with great river views.
- Best, closest Thai: Sawaddee on Hope
- ", " Korean: Sun and Moon in East Providence
- ", " Chinese: None on the East Side... It's MuMu on Federal Hill, Iron Wok in Seekonk, or Lucky Garden in N. Prov for me...
- ", " Italian: Pizzico, in Hope Village (although it's a bit tired)
- ", " Pizza: Pizza-Pier on Wickenden
- ", " Indian: Lots, actually. Kabob and Curry on Thayer, Not Just Snacks on Hope, and Taste of India on Wickenden.
- ", " open late: Creperie, hidden in the alley behind Au Bon Pain off Thayer
Hope this helps!
Hi MVI! I've eaten solo at La Laiterie a few times...at the bar and once at a window seat along the counter looking out to the sidewalk. Felt very comfortable in both spots. I haven't been to Twist in a while but enjoyed that....went w/friends but wouldn't feel funny walking in their alone.
I love LOVE Waterman Grille - although I'll admit I mostly love the bldg, only been for dinner once (former incarnation was The Gatehouse and that is the place I truly loved). On your way in, check out the adorable (and pricey) giftshop called Simple Pleasures - it's housed in the small separate brick bldg just before the entrance.
This is all so helpful. I am going out three or four times within the next few days as I have family visiting so I will report back in. Although I will be with a group and not always in the Wayland Square area, it's fun to branch out. Thanks again to all who responded so far. As a new face in Providence, I do appreciate it.