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Lunch in Providence, RI near Brown?

Slightly inexpensive, if possible. Going to visit Brown with my mother and would love to get a bit of a taste for the local restaurant scene!

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  1. There are alot of restaurants on Thayer Street, right near Brown. You could google Thayer and probably find a list.

    1. I am a huge fan of East Side Pockets on Thayer St. They have the best gyros around There is a little bit of everything on Thayer, you can't really go too wrong. Geoff's on Benefit is in walking distance and has awesome sandwiches. I would say one of those!

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      East Side Pocket
      278 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

      1. If you are in the mood for a sandwich, George's Deli (167 Ives Street) is fantastic and very inexpensive. I'm also a fan of East Side Pockets, though it gets very crowded (I find it overwhelming sometimes) at lunchtime.

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        East Side Pocket
        278 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

        George's Deli
        167 Ives St, Providence, RI 02906

        1. Not sure if they are open for lunch, but we love Andrea's and Tortilla Flats...and while I haven't been in YEARS, Spats used to be good. Hope that helps!

          1. mmm, gyros sound good. Thank you guys!

            1. I work at Brown, so know the local eateries pretty well. Most of the cheap-eats places on Thayer, like East Side Pockets, are overwhelmed at lunch. The mid-range places are decent, Paragon, being closest, is a perfectly fine option. I always think Andreas would be interesting, but the menu always leaves me flat once I sit down. Spice, for Thai is good. For a few steps and a few dollars more you can go to Parkside. Tortilla Flats and Spats should be avoided like the plague, except for drinks. Meeting Street Cafe, though crowded at lunch, is worth a look.

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              Meeting Street Cafe
              220 Meeting St, Providence, RI 02906

              East Side Pocket
              278 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

              Tortilla Flats
              355 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

              7 Replies
              1. re: kcward

                parkside is an excellent value for lunch, good call kcward! parking can be impossible but walking is a great suggestion. i agree w/ you on t. flats & spats, andreas is consistently mediocre but sometimes a sure thing is needed. i'm curious as to your rec for paragon, i've never really considered it a contender..care to share your experiences?

                1. re: sarabean

                  "consistently mediocre" is the perfect phrase to describe Andreas.

                  1. re: dagwood

                    If the weather is beautiful that day, I recommend you walk west a few blocks and head for the waterfront eateries on the Providence River. The "Jolly Roger" cafe is run by RISD and usually has a student/business crowd - the sandwiches are very good and reasonably priced. If you want Thai, then Pakarang is your best bet. If you want seafood and something a bit more upscale - go to Hemenways. They made the best 'lobster salad club sandwich' (about $15) last summer - I think they're on the menu once again.

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                    Pakarang Restaurant
                    303 S Main St, Providence, RI 02903

                    Hemenway's
                    121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

                  2. re: sarabean

                    My rec for Paragon is mainly because it's closest. I've never had bad food or service there. Walk out of work for lunch, and where? Antonios? Nice Slice? Spice? Eastside Pockets? Etc., etc. Paragon is close and easy.

                    1. re: kcward

                      gotcha! still i think on a friday or special occasion it's worth the walk down to parkside, or a very quick trolley ride!

                    2. re: sarabean

                      Paragon has surprisingly good pizza, salads and sandwiches, along with especially good espresso "martini" cocktails. The service is usually dreadful.

                    3. re: kcward

                      Actually ended up at Meeting Street Cafe after eyeing the lines at East Side Pockets - got a great veggie melt with tomato soup and a garbage cookie. Thanks for the rec!

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                      Meeting Street Cafe
                      220 Meeting St, Providence, RI 02906

                      East Side Pocket
                      278 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906