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Essential Providence, RI - Best Food for a Weekend Trip

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Recommendations for a weekend trip to Providence?
Here are the places that I love. Curious to hear about other people's favorites.

BREAKFAST:
Julian's
Brickway on Wickendon

LUNCH:
Sawaddee Thai
Apsara

DINNER:
La Laiterie
New Rivers
Al Forno
Red Fez

COFFEE
Coffee Exchange
White Electric

from http://citizentaco.com/guide/providence/

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Red Fez
49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

La Laiterie
184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

Apsara Restaurant
418 Quequechan St Unit 8, Fall River, MA 02723

Apsara Restaurant
716 Public St, Providence, RI 02907

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant
93 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

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  1. Drop Al Forno, it's overpriced and overrated. Get Chez Pascal and possibly Gracie's in there if you can. East Side pockets is great for falafel.

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    Chez Pascal Restaurant
    960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

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    1. re: ajh05004

      I totally agree about 86ing Al Forno in exchange for Chez Pascal.

      OP, I like the Fez, but it's pretty casual/bar-y. I know Loie Fuller gets some heat on this board, but I dig 'em. The interior is amazing, the food pretty darned good. If only the service were better...

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      Chez Pascal Restaurant
      960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

      1. re: invinotheresverde

        Friends and I ventured to Loie Fuller for the first time over the weekend and I completely concur on the interior, food, and service. Our server may have been the rudest waitress I've had, EVER. Even refilling our water glasses became an onerous task, complete with eye-rolling. Later she was running through the restaurant, screeching, with an infant in her arms (around 10:30 PM). We were a pleasant, friendly, courteous group out to enjoy the evening, so her dismissive and outright nasty behavior perplexed us. On the bright side, we voiced this concern to the the warm and lovely hostess, who smoothed the situation as best she could. Pistachio ravioli were pleasant, if a little heavy on the creaminess of the filling. But the interior is utterly gorgeous.

    2. breakfast: loui's on brook st; old school RI dinner atmosphere with updated ecclectic plus classic grub
      lunch: olga's (wicked crowded though); palmieri's (toby st & depasquale sq) try the "italian tacos" it's not a gimmick; nick's on broadway (prosciutto & egg sand KILLS)
      dinner: gracie's (always impecable, but $$); thee red fez on peck st amazing at lower price point; broadway bistro also inspired menus w/ approachable prices (beer & wine only tho)

      1. I was very impressed with La Laiterie. Coffee Exchange is a great place to hang out.

        For a Saturday lunch, instead of the kinds of asian food you can get in other cities, how about a place like Mike's Kitchen at the VFW hall in Cranston?

        My wife and I were disappointed with New Rivers a few years ago -- small portions and really not so great (tough steak, flavorless fish). As for Chez Pascal, I made the mistake of trying to have dinner there just a few hours after lunch at Mike's. My stomach just wasn't ready. I would give Chez Pascal another try before New Rivers -- CP seems to get more uniformly good reviews than does NR, but NR certainly has plenty of fans too.

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        Mike's Kitchen
        170 Randall St, Cranston, RI 02920

        Chez Pascal Restaurant
        960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

        La Laiterie
        184-188 Wayland Avenue, Providence, RI 02906

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        1. re: Bob W

          Great call on Mike's! There's not another place like it.

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            Thanks -- not only is the food very good (reminds me of the places we used to go back in the day -- Mainelli's, Smith's, the Welcome), but the atmosphere is quintessential Rhode Island.

            Speaking of old-time red sauce joints, anyone been to the Checker Club in Pawtucket lately? I was amazed to find out it's still around. This was a place we used to drive all the way across Pawtucket to get to (probably three miles, but in RI every mile seems like ten).

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            Mainelli's Restaurant
            1366 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02909