Providence - Breakfast/Coffee
This is my second visit to Providence in the past month and I'm slowly exploring the food scene. I'm currently staying downtown across from the Capitol and wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions for breakfast. I'd also like to explore any artisanal coffee outlets, if they exist. Please let me know any suggestions. Thanks.
Regarding coffee in Providence, this thread should cover the basics:
The only update I'll offer from the info in there regards breakfast, rather than coffee. White Electric no longer buys pastries from Seven Stars (who now compete more directly with them, having opened their West Side outpost on Broadway). Unfortunately, the pastries they now buy now from Bristol Bakery are much worse. They still get very decent bagels, donuts and some other things, but avoid the muffins, scones and anything else from Bristol. yech.
For a nice taste of "real" Providence, you should grab breakfast at Rufful's on Wayland Square, which has been run by the same family since it opened in 1957.
I think you can get there via bus from downtown (I mean, "Downcity"). Wayland Square is a great neighborhood -- it's the home of the famous Farmstead cheese shop (and its sister restaurant, La Laiterie) among other things.
How about Tazza downtown? I had a terrific bfast there last weekend...local coffee roasters. I enjoyed a great greek omelette with home fries, and there is a choice of multigrain toast or portuguese bollo.....the others in my party thoroughly enjoyed their choices as well.