I'm headed to Providence for the weekend and am staying downtown. Any recs for a casual late dinner tonight when I get into town?
Depends a bit on what you're looking for and how casual. My first impulse is to say Thee Red Fez, which is downtown sort of near the river. It's fun, hip, reasonably priced and does very solid, if not life-changing, eclectic american food.
The bar at Local 121 is more in the heart of downtown, and a very nice room. It's been a while since I've eaten there, and in the past I've found the food well-intentioned, with extensive local sourcing, but ultimately lacking in execution. The bar is a bit "classier" than Red Fez--the full dining room is grand, and way too big for its britches.
And if you want really casual in a loud bar atmosphere, Jake's over in the Jewelry district serves the best buffalo wings I've had in Providence. Sort of a dark horse choice, but a decent spot for sure. A little walk from downtown proper.
Avoid the pizza places on Weybosset and Cuban Revolution like the plague.
Thanks so much for all of the recs. I think that Haven Bros is going to be too casual for this group (but I am bookmarking it for later), but I like the idea of the Red Fez or bar at 121. Thanks for the thoughts on where NOT to go as well. Cuban Revolution was actually on my list of curiosities.