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Providence, RI - dinner spot, brunch spot, wallet-friendly but great?

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I'm looking forward to my first trip to Providence, unfortunately, I'm only there for a late afternoon and overnight before a wedding in Newport the next day. I'd love to get in some delicious food, non-touristy, that's friendly on the wallet. Any recommends? Any cuisine would work, local would be great. (East Providence okay too - that's where our hotel is)

Thanks!

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  1. are you sure your hotel is in EP?

    Anyway, wallet-friendly Providence...

    Mexican - El Rancho Grande on Plainfield St
    brunch - Julian's on Broadway

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    1. re: JaneRI

      The address says East Providence, RI 02914

      Thanks for the recommends!

      1. re: Jel212

        Jane was probably asking because lots of people confuse EP and the east side of PVD. You're actually in EP, though.

        I'd do Louie Fuller, on Westminster, for dinner. You and a guest could eat and drink well for under $100. The food has gotten better and better since they opened last year (in my opinion) and the space is breathtakingly gorgeous. It's not touristy and is full of neighborhood locals. The menu is sort of French-American and the wine list is short, but thought out and well-priced.

        I agree with Jane about Julian's. I know most board regulars prefer Nick's (both located on Broadway, very close to Louie Fuller, actually), but I've had better food on a consistent basis at Julian's (although the service is usually laughably terrible). I also hate how squished the seating is at Nick's and the sterility of it.

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Just a quibble - that's Loie Fuller, named after the famed entertainer/dancer.

          Personally, for dinner on the West Side, I'd go with Nick's. Dinner there (served only Wed-Sat) is really wonderful. In the same 'hood is Broadway Bistro (modest and small, and putting out some good food).

          Chez Pascal might also be an option.

          Downcity, though the food is not great, is a fun time.

      2. re: JaneRI

        Ranch Grande is not only the BEST mexican i've found in town for a long time, but an excellent value as well. FYI: they are open at 8am for breakfast every day!