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Feb 17, 2008 06:28 PM

Best Irish Food in Providence?

Forget the oxymoronic jokes but St. Patrick is around the corner and friends and I want to eat the best the Emerald Isle has to offer (excluding Guinness, of course). Suggestions?

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  1. Ri Ra
    Down over in the Providence Place amll area -
    I think it is in the renovated Uion Station place actually

    I have only been there for lunch

    But like the atmosphere, people, decor and the food is more than passable.....

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    1. re: few

      Yeah, Ri Ra's a chain, and not a very good one to boot. Unfortunately, PVD isn't known for it's Irish population. I literally have no suggestion, other than heading to Boston.

      1. re: invinotheresverde


        Perhaps Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub, which used the be the East Ave Cafe. I think it might be in Pawtucket technically, but it's right on the line. Murphy's is kind of Irish, but they're more of a deli.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Yeah its a chain - but lik eyou said - not a big irish group in PVD

          I didn't get the impression the request was for gourmet Irish food.....

          and I think they do a more than passable job at some of the classic pub food - stews, shepherds pie.,....

          to each his own

          But the decor is fun

          Music is great

          the staff has always been friendly & attentive when I have gone , the food is served in a timely manner

          and you can enjoy yourself without a big bill
          (unless you keep drinking the guiness!!!! (8->)

          Céad Míle Fáilte

          1. re: few

            The first and only time I went to RiRa, the Guinness was $6.50 a pint. Thank you, no.

      2. Creamy i to want to forget the jokes too
        honest question here because i only know of 3 irish dishes
        what is irish cooking i honestly never considered that as a cuisine (fine dining) so no insult intended

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        1. re: foodperv

          yeah what exactly is irish food? although i could go for some corned beef and sauerkraut right now (the only irish food i know of)

        2. I second Murphy's. Good huge reubens & a great french dip sandwich as well

          1. Never eaten there but Patrick's Pub on Smith St. has a menu which includes the usual suspects (bangers and mash, shepards pie, fish and chips, guiness beef stew, mixed grill). I suspect on St. Paddy's day you would also find corned beef and cabbage.

            The East Ave. Cafe has in years past had a seperate menu on March 17. Their regular menu also includes a number of Irish dishes.

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            1. re: Frobisher

              aidans in bristol pours a nice guiness,the owners from there,good pub food,but not really "irish"food though....good fish and chips and ruebens though..

            2. Chez Pascal is doing a fundraising meal on St Patrick's Day, including their house-made corned beef. Anyone who tried the brisket sandwich from the hot dog cart this past summer can tell you that the man knows his way around that cut of meat.

              It's a special event, and it's not at Chez P. There's info on their web site: