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Mar 13, 2009 09:56 AM

Lunch in Providence near J&W


We are visiting Providence & Johnson and Wales this weekend . Any stand-out lunch/ early dinner spots for Saturday that can be recommended that are walking distance from the school? One of our friend's is visiting the school so any places that would provide a glimpse of the city to a future student would be ideal.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Best places within easy walking distance are Downcity (slick American) and 10 Steak and Sushi (also slick, the name says it all).

    To see more of the city than the J&W blocks, then walk a few blocks longer to Washington Street (Local 121, Tini, Bravo, Gracies, all variants on American dining) or across the river to Chinese Laundry (pricey pan-Asian tapas), Mill's Tavern (American), New Rivers (American), or 3 Steeple Street (less expensive American). All are clustered together on/near North Main Street.

    Near the Waterplace Park is Citron, which I happen to like (slick, less expensive local-ingredient American), but others here have not had good experiences.

    - Garris
    Greater City Providence Urbanism Blog

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    1. re: Garris

      OP, be aware that Downcity is serving brunch until 4pm Saturdays, and lots of those places don't serve lunch on Saturdays, if at all (10, Gracie's, New Rivers, Chinese Laundry, Mill's Tavern, 3 Steeple St.).

    2. Will you be visiting the downcity campus or the harborside campus? Harborside (where culinary is located) is technically Providence, but it's right on the Cranston line. It's also not in the best area for walking. Just a short drive up the way though will get you into Pawtuxet Village, which has some nice lunch spots.

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      1. re: dagwood

        thanks CH-ers!

        dagwood, it's the Downcity location. Will have a car.

        1. re: ral217

          In that case I second everything Garris said. Also Aspire, which is in Hotel Providence, is not a long walk.

      2. Taqueria Pacifica @ AS220 is great fun, but more so for dinner. (The bar doesn't open til 5pm on the weekends.) We are late lunch type of people, so that is usually okay with us.

        If y'all are okay without beer with your fish tacos, AS220 provides a nice insight into the cool-ness of Providence.

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        1. re: digga

          Taqueria Pacifica looks yum! Thanks...

          FYI- Many of the restaurants posted above seem to be closed for lunch after looking at their websites.

          1. re: ral217

            Local 121 is open for lunch. I think both Local 121 and Taqueria Pacifica would give a sense, albeit very different ones, of Providence.