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Need Rec's for 8 by collegse in Providence, good food, reasonable prices

orangecar Mar 20, 2008 09:17 AM


My nephew is coming into town tomorrow to check out Brown and Providence colleges.

I'm looking for a restaurant that can accomodate 8, includes 2 teens, 2 kids, that has good food at a reasonable prices.

Doesn't need to be super kid friendly as the kids are pretty mellow.

Was thinking of doing the Hill, but would rather stay closer to Brown to give my nephew a better college feel.


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    BNG415 Mar 26, 2008 10:40 AM

    I second Caserta's - it's on Federal Hill, but is definetly perfect for any group of college kids looking for good and filling food that is reasonably priced. Perfect way to fill up before an event at the Dunkin' Donuts center and is good for the group you describe.

    Plus you'll get plenty to eat and don't need to worry about tip, etc. Delicious and casual.

    good luck

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      misslorelle Mar 26, 2008 07:46 AM

      Caeserta Pizza on the hill is a winner in my book. Great pizza, beer, soda, crowd friendly, cheap... I can't resist going there everytime I am in Providence!

      1. RI Swampyankee Mar 24, 2008 07:16 PM

        Paragon is good and so is Rue but consider too Kabob and Curry. It's diagonally across from the Brown Bookstore. The food is great and you can watch the whole Thayer St scene while you eat.

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        1. re: RI Swampyankee
          Garris Mar 25, 2008 09:13 PM

          Totally agree on Kabab and Curry, but I sadly and absolutely cannot recommend Paragon. I've been three times now and had some of the worst meals I've had in the metro. Low ambition, fuzzy focus, poor execution. And overpriced to boot with indifferent service bordering on offensive. My third time was my last.

          - Garris

          1. re: Garris
            RI Swampyankee Mar 26, 2008 11:55 AM

            That's too bad about Paragon. I had heard a few trashy rumors about staff drama but I figured that they were just that, rumors.

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              Garris Mar 27, 2008 08:44 AM

              It is too bad, since they're almost all there is in the way of sit-down dining on Thayer. It really feels like the place is just mailing it in. Spats nearby is similarly mediocre, but at least they, unlike Paragon, have no pretense of aiming higher.

              I actually do miss Adesso near Thayer as, dated as the decor and menu were, at least their food was consistently solid and a decent value.

              - Garris

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          riexplorer Mar 23, 2008 01:26 PM

          I know it's been there a long time, but I still like the Rue de l"Espoir on Hope Street. The atmosphere is low-key and comfortable, the food is bistro-y and moderately priced. Good salads, popovers for breakfast. Great bread. Sometimes the service is less than I would prefer, but a lot of Brown folks go there. Then there is Pizzico higher up on Hope near Rochambeau. I haven't been there myself in a while, but it was always reliable for Italian. Do they like Indian food? India up there is good also.

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          1. re: riexplorer
            dagwood Mar 23, 2008 01:27 PM

            I've been hearing a lot of ads on the radio for Rue de l'Espoir for prix-fix dinners if you have a college ID, so they're definitely marketing themselves to the university crowd. I've never been there personally but have only heard great things.

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              Moonpie1 Mar 24, 2008 02:23 PM

              Goodness, forgot about them. I haven't been in recent years to comment on the current status, but I loved the Rue and went there very frequently in college (heh) and well beyond. I really liked everything about the place.

              Was going to suggest Pizzico, too, but thought you wanted to stay right close to one of the campuses.

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            Eggy Mar 20, 2008 11:45 AM

            A second for Blaze, for a quick lunch on the run there is Spikes which is a fun "Gourmet" Hot Dog place on Thayer followed up by Ben and Jerry's!

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            1. re: Eggy
              Jenkins Mar 20, 2008 01:27 PM

              Not to complicate things but I have not had much luck at the Blaze on Thayer. Well, I should say the original Blaze a mile or so up on Hope is much better anyway. But maybe they have worked out the kinks at Blaze2 by now.

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              Jenkins Mar 20, 2008 10:26 AM

              Paragon would probably fit your bill. Wide variety of good, reasonably priced dishes. Right on Thayer St.

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                Moonpie1 Mar 20, 2008 10:35 AM

                I second Paragon----but Blaze on Thayer might also be good.

                If you're willing to be near Brown but not right on top of the campus, you can go just a bit further to Wayland Square and hit Red Stripe. Also great food in a pretty busy, loud environment----I'd take kids there, or to any of these places.

                1. re: Moonpie1
                  dagwood Mar 20, 2008 10:53 AM

                  I second Red Stripe. I would not, however, recommend Paragon. I've been dissapointed countless times there. I no longer go back.

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