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Sunday dinner in Providence?

bawc Jan 12, 2010 05:05 PM

Need suggestions for a Sunday dinner in Providence with old friends,all foodies. We want to be able to talk, have a nice but modest bottle of wine, and good food. My first choices, chez pascal and caffe itri are both closed, and I am not fond of Red Stripe or Pizzico. Any other suggestions? We are willing to go to Cranston or Lincoln, but not much further than that.

Red Stripe
465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

Red Stripe
91 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882

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    Bluebird RE: bawc Jan 12, 2010 06:40 PM

    What about Pane E Vino. I think they are open on Sunday.

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      meekmeek RE: bawc Jan 12, 2010 07:25 PM

      Broadway Bistro? Cafe Noir?

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        JaneRI RE: meekmeek Jan 13, 2010 09:02 AM

        I second Cafe Noir. The goat cheese & bacon tart is fab.

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          bawc RE: JaneRI Jan 13, 2010 03:49 PM

          Thank you for your replies. I will put cafe noir on my to be visited list--I was outvoted in favor of Siena this time around...

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            meekmeek RE: bawc Jan 13, 2010 06:09 PM

            Siena is nice, but you can rule out one of your stated requirements--talking. It's too loud to carry on a civil conversation, especially with more than 2 people.

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              dagwood RE: meekmeek Jan 13, 2010 07:06 PM

              I was there with just one other person, sitting next to each other at the bar, and we could barely hear each other.

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        dagwood RE: bawc Jan 13, 2010 07:05 PM

        Loie Fuller is open on Sunday, and meets all requirements.


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          meekmeek RE: dagwood Jan 13, 2010 08:01 PM

          Good one!

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          Frank Terranova RE: bawc Jan 14, 2010 07:57 AM

          Firts thing you learn in the food business is never go out to eat on a sunday.

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            invinotheresverde RE: Frank Terranova Jan 14, 2010 12:07 PM

            That's totally untrue. Both my head and sous chefs work on Sundays, and we get fresh deliveries, as well.

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              basachs RE: invinotheresverde Jan 17, 2010 04:53 AM

              I was going to say, this seems like dated commentary. Plenty of restaurants not only have the talent but the product on Sundays to produce quality cuisine.

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              meekmeek RE: Frank Terranova Jan 14, 2010 07:12 PM

              I agree, this is a falsehood in any real restaurant economy. It may be true that they aren't getting deliveries of some things on Sunday. Then again, I'm not claiming that Providence has a real restaurant economy..... But this is totally false in NYC and Boston, but likely true in Youngstown, Ohio.

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                sk3 RE: Frank Terranova Jan 16, 2010 02:37 PM

                way to help! how bout something constructive, frank-

              2. njensen RE: bawc Jan 14, 2010 09:50 AM

                I don't know if by foodies you mean they like obscure varieties of oddly mixed ingredients - if that's the case then ignore the rest of my post. But I do like Everyman's Bistro - it is hidden in a low traffic area of providence back behind the Providence Place mall. Had a great family celebration dinner there. It has a quirky atmosphere but I would describe the food as basics done very well. They focus on using local suppliers for many of their items.

                Everyman Bistro
                311 Iron Horse Way, Providence, RI

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                  bawc RE: njensen Jan 14, 2010 02:15 PM

                  I agree with you on the noise level at Siena, but I lucked out the last time I was there and we could even hear ourselves think! And the food was good.
                  I thought both Broadway Bistro and Louie Fuller, OK, but not great. I want to try Bway Bistro again, maybe it was just the night we were out. LF I have been to few times, didn't feel a compelling reason to go back.
                  Everyman Bistro sounds fun, I will add it to the list of restaurants to try.
                  And as for Sunday night, well, it was the one evening we could all get our husbands to watch the kids--sometimes you take what you can get!
                  Thanks for all the feedback, much appreciated!

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                    tanker64 RE: bawc Jan 15, 2010 05:13 AM

                    2nd on Everyman. Good solid food done right. Bar is good also and the bonus is that you can hear.

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                  The Smoking Critic RE: bawc Jan 15, 2010 03:08 AM

                  El Forno, its a little expensive but the food is great!

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                    invinotheresverde RE: The Smoking Critic Jan 15, 2010 08:12 AM

                    I'm pretty sure you mean Al Forno, which a) is generally panned on these boards and b) isn't open Sundays, like the OP needs.

                  2. digga RE: bawc Jan 16, 2010 06:34 PM

                    Has anyone been to CAV recently? If the kitchen is on, this seems like a nice venue for a "girls' " night out.

                    14 Imperial Pl Unit 101, Providence, RI 02903

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                      bawc RE: digga Jan 17, 2010 11:36 AM

                      I was there last spring--very disappointing, and it smelled quite damp. I won't go back...

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                        tasteegrub78 RE: bawc Feb 17, 2010 08:46 AM

                        Perhaps Spain in Cranston?


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