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Jul 28, 2008 10:12 AM

Former RI'er back for work

I'm starting a consulting job that will have me in town for the next few months. I haven't really lived here since the early 80's but still have lots of family and friends. I'm familiar with some of the new places to eat but am looking for additional ideas. This week, I'm eating at Local 121, Gracie's, Pane e Vino and Waterman Grille. I'm familiar with Chez Pascal. We ate at Rick's Roadhouse a few weeks ago.

Any suggestions/recommendations appreciated.

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  1. If you are able to (especially with friends and family who offer transportation) I would say head east - to the waterfront for a few "newbies".

    Highly recommended is "'Basically British" in Warren, off of Main Street (Rte 103). Keep in mind, "Basically British" is open every day (but Tuesday) for lunch 11:30-5:30, and on Friday evenings as well for dinner with live music. Great food, great atmosphere, great service. I would call ahead to make sure they are open (not on vacation). 401-245-0072.

    If you are in that area, not too far is 'Stella Blues' which has the best lobster roll, hands down. It's located on Water Street across from Wharf Tavern. Though I have never ventured away from their lobster roll, my dinner companions have raved about the different dinners which they have had - so I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. (I recently raved about the 'prosciutto brushetta' appetizer as well - a meal in itslef). I believe they are open daily, for lunch and dinner, except for Mondays. Again, you may wish to call ahead. You won't be disappointed.

    In the opposite direction is "d.carlo's" on Rte 7 in Smithfield. Excellent, excellent, excellent! Open daily for lunch and dinner - except Sundays.

    So if you can spend some time out of Providence, you may want to try one of these (fairly new) great places.