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leslielj Nov 10, 2008 05:23 PM

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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    maginn08 Nov 11, 2008 07:44 AM

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

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      dagwood Nov 13, 2008 07:12 AM

      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.

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      Garris Nov 10, 2008 08:04 PM

      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...

      Steakhouses:
      * 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...

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

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

      Asian:
      - Chinese Laundry: Expensive...

      Bars:
      - Trinity Brewhouse
      * Local 121

      Misc:
      * 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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        dfrostnh Nov 11, 2008 04:06 AM

        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.

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