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Nov 10, 2008 05:23 PM

Recs for Providence near Westin

I'll be in Providence for the next 3 days, stuck at the Westin at Providence Place without a car. Is there anything recommended nearby?

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  1. Well, you're hardly "stuck," even (or especially) without a car, as the Westin puts you dead center downtown and within easy walking distance of almost everything Providence's "Downcity" has to offer. All of what is below is about a five minute walk or so, give or take a few minutes, all less than 10... The ones with the "*" are closest to you...

    * Flemmings: Is in the Westin Complex. Good, pricey...
    - Shula's: In the Hilton, cheaper, but still not bad...
    - Ruth's Chris: Pricey as well, quite decent...
    - Capital Grille: Not my favorite, overpriced...

    * McCormick and Schmick's: In the nearby Biltmore hotel

    - New Rivers
    - 3 Steeple Street
    - Cafe Nuovo
    * Napa Valley Grille
    - Bravo
    * Local 121
    - Waterplace Restaurant
    - Mill's Tavern
    * Citron

    - Chinese Laundry: Expensive...

    - Trinity Brewhouse
    * Local 121

    * Melting Pot: Fondue, in the Providence Place Mall
    - Cuban Revolution

    Local Flavor:
    * Haven Brother's truck-based diner, preferably after midnight...

    If you're willing to walk a bit further (15 minutes), there is everything on Atwell's Ave Federal Hill (tons of Italian, some Indian, Asian, Lebanese, etc).

    Also, FYI, all within a 5-10 minute walk of the Westin:
    Shopping: Providence Place Mall, Westminster Street
    Galleries: Atwell's Ave
    Major Art Museum: RISD, about a 10 minute walk from the Westin
    Theater: Providence Performing Arts Center, Trinity Rep, Black Rep
    Sports: Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center

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    1. re: Garris

      The Melting Pot is a lot of fun but best with friends because it can get expensive and is best shared. I might however consider having the chocolate fondue with chunky peanut butter all by myself.
      There's a deli, Murphy's, about 2 blocks away. You can see it from the second floor of the convention center. Good sandwiches, great pickles.
      In the Providence Place Mall, Dave and Busters is a chain but pretty decent for a chain if you feel like steak and potatoes mashed with cheese, etc.

    2. Garris should work for Providence's tourism department, nice list.

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      1. re: maginn08

        Agreed. The only thing I would add is Blake's Tavern, which is right across from Local 121. Good pub-fare, sports-bar, nice jukebox, pool table, great beer on tap. It's my favorite place downtown for casual hanging-out.