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Sep 28, 2008 04:14 PM

Breakfast/Lunch in Providence

Spending the day in Providence and i am looking for some suggestions on breakfast and lunch places. Money is not really a concern and I am really open minded about types/styles/regions of food. Also looking for some advice on what would be a good way to kill an afternoon in Providence, have been to the canal and Roger Williams Park (but not the zoo).


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  1. Nick's on Broadway for breakfast or lunch and RISD museum for the afternoon

    1. Nick's on Broadway or Julian's (also on Broadway). If I weekday, I'd make it a late bkfast and miss the AM crowds. Nick's is closed Mon/Tues I believe. What to do? I'd shop, don't know if that's your thing. Fun places to poke around on Thayer St (east side), Westminster St area (downtown portion) and Wickendon.

      1. My two places around there for breakfast are Olga's Cup and Saucer, and the Modern Diner in Pawtucket.

        As others have mentioned, Nick's is a good place as well, as is the RISD museum suggestion.

        1. Going to be on a Monday so Nick's is out, thanks for the suggestions.

          5 Replies
          1. re: mike62

            Julian's isn't pretty inside but the food is wonderful. The broccoli/sweet potato/swiss cheese "hash" is to die for. I once had a gingerbread pancake that was so spicy it almost burned mouth. Delish.

            1. re: JaneRI

              uh...pretty? I guess that's all in the eye of the beholder, Jane. If one was an older person, I guess I would describe Julian's as "unpretty." If I had to use one (hyphenated) word, I guess I would call it "hipster-chic." Personally, we love Julian's eclecticism. And the hit-or-miss cuisine is part of the experience.

              1. re: digga

                Ok.....because presumably you're young and I'm not, you want to call Julian's "pretty"? Have at it, but hipster-chic does not equal pretty, it's got a gritty feel. Nothing wrong w/that, but I was letting the orig poster know that he wouldn't be walking into an elegant place....what's wrong w/that? And what do you mean by "and the hit or miss cuisine is part of the experience"? I never said anything about hit or miss....perhaps I don't go often enough but I've never had anything less than a home run, never a single miss.

                1. re: JaneRI

                  Never been to Julian's, but I can say for sure that their Web site is odd! :-D


                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    The site may be weird, but the food is killer 95% of the time.

          2. Aw Mike, does it have to be Monday? There's a Dale Chihuly exhibit at the RISD Museum but they're closed on Monday.