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Searching for bliss in Providence

lbuchanan Dec 31, 2007 12:24 PM

My husband and I spent a weekend in Portland recently and finally had a chance to try Fore Street--it was one of the best meals ever. In a couple of weeks we'll be in Providence, and while we don't expect to find anything quite so amazing as Fore Street (no offence, Providence--we live in Boston and nothing here is its match either) we'd love to come as close as possible. Where? Where?

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    celeriac Dec 31, 2007 12:29 PM

    Chez Pascal. http://www.chez-pascal.com/

    Alternatively, La Laiterie or New Rivers. But for bliss? Chez Pascal.

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    1. re: celeriac
      Sean Jan 2, 2008 10:27 AM

      As always, I highly recommend Chez Pascal...

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      asegidoc Jan 1, 2008 08:22 AM

      bacaro,new restaurant from the former chef at al fornos ,brian kingsford

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      1. re: asegidoc
        JaneRI Jan 2, 2008 04:56 AM

        Reviews on Bacaro are very VERY mixed - I would not recommend it for "bliss". I'd have to also go w/Chez Pascal or La Laiterie.

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        admiralackbar Jan 2, 2008 06:16 AM

        The only places I would say are possibly comparable are New Rivers and Chez Pascal. New Rivers prides itself in working with farmers and sustainable products, which is always nice.

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          tabasc Jan 2, 2008 10:41 AM

          Gracie's. http://graciesprov.com/ Gracie's is so much better then any of the other places previously mentioned. Get the fois gras and the gnocci. Yum. Or splurge and get the tasting menu paired with wine. Go on a Sunday if you can - you will get amazing service because you will be the only one there. You can sit in the bar and have the handsome knowledgeable bartender wait on you.

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            jmac42 Jan 2, 2008 10:49 AM

            I would second Gracies...my wife and I are big fans. Cav is also very good, but we haven't been in a while.

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              Elvis355 Jan 3, 2008 05:00 AM

              Fore Street really IS great. In the old days, I would've suggested Mills Tavern in Providence. We've had some amazing meals there. But it's hit-or-miss these days, too. I'd have to go with Gracie's, as well.

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                Elvis355 Jan 3, 2008 05:02 AM

                By the way...we've had great dining experiences in Boston at Mistral and at Toro. Maybe not the same cuisine as Fore Street, but both REALLY good.

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                  frobb Jan 11, 2008 03:36 PM

                  It's not new, but Al Forno is actually quite similar to Fore Street.

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