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BPASWA Mar 20, 2009 09:06 AM

Okay chowhounds time is running out..In search of some nice places to go for a birthday dinner with my lovely bride..Yes I'm one of the guys that waits to the last minute. I'm thinking Sunday night or Monday night. . Last year we went to Abe & Louie's up in Boston for a nice steak. I live in the Providence area. and willing to travel for some good food & experience . I'm open to anything. we hit just about every Italian place on the Hill. But I will go again with a good recommendation. Something different I guess you could say I'm looking for. Has anybody heard about the Melting Pot @ Providence place. How about Bar Louie @ Patriots place. "Lets hear it Chowhounds" I'm on the clock...

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    Bluebird RE: BPASWA Mar 20, 2009 09:10 AM

    I'm not a fan of the Melting Pot. There are plenty of reviews on the chains board about The Melting Pot restaurant. I haven't been to Bar Louie.
    How about Gracie's? You might be able to get a nice private dinner for two in their downstairs wine cellar if it isn't booked. You could do a multi-course chef's tasting with or without wine pairing. Alternatively, you could head south to Newport and go to Castle Hill (go around sunset and ask for a window seat).

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      OOliver RE: Bluebird Mar 21, 2009 09:09 AM

      I would recommend Waterman Grill on the East Side if you are looking for 'American food'. The main dining room offers a romantic view of the river, and every time I've been the food is always good (I believe they are doing "dinner for two plus a bottle of wine" on Sunday and Monday eves, the menu changes each week so call ahead).

      If you're looking for Italian, then go to "d.carlo's" on Rte 7 in Smithfield (very easy to get to from Providence!). Hands down, this is one of the best Italian restaurants we have in Rhode Island - better than some of the 'well known' places on the Hill. I believe they are now open on Sundays from 5 - 9 pm.

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        Beulah RE: OOliver Mar 22, 2009 11:19 AM

        What's wrong with Al Fourno's (exceppt the wait)? We're a pair of Philly hounds who LOVE Al Fourno's whenever we come to Providence (3-5 times a year to visit our daughter).

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          invinotheresverde RE: Beulah Mar 22, 2009 11:41 AM

          One major thing wrong with Al Forno is the fact that they're closed on both Sunday and Monday, which are the days the OP is interested in.

          If you were replying to OOliver, search the boards. There are as many Rhode Islanders who dislike Al Forno as there are tourists who love it.

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