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Best Irish Food in Providence?

creamy Feb 17, 2008 06:28 PM

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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    few Feb 18, 2008 07:23 AM

    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
      invinotheresverde Feb 18, 2008 08:19 AM

      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
        invinotheresverde Feb 18, 2008 08:23 AM


        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
          few Feb 20, 2008 07:38 AM

          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
            invinotheresverde Feb 20, 2008 07:44 AM

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

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        foodperv Feb 18, 2008 09:31 AM

        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
          sprinklez Feb 20, 2008 08:05 AM

          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)

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          HungryHipster Feb 18, 2008 07:35 PM

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

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            Frobisher Feb 20, 2008 12:42 PM

            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
              im hungry Feb 20, 2008 03:36 PM

              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..

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              celeriac Feb 21, 2008 06:57 AM

              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: http://www.chez-pascal.com/events.html

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