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itryalot Jul 9, 2010 08:14 AM

Looking at the posts, there is not much written about Providence RI other than all the Italian places, and still not many posts at that. I am a little surprised; thought there would be more chow discussion.

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    itryalot Jul 23, 2010 09:34 AM

    As it turns out, we will not be driving into Providence, unfortunately.

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      foodjunkie1991 Jul 9, 2010 11:54 AM

      hi idonttryalot, just teasing. providence is a great restaurant city with many high quality places in the surrounding areas as well. Federal hill is filled with Italian places but there are many other areas that have great places. Downtown has New Rivers, Cafe Noir, Ten Steak and Sushi, Gracies, Hemmenway's, and Local 121 all not Italian. The east side has Chez Pascal, Red Stripe, Pizzico, Z Bar, Waterman Grille and La Laterie and the west side has Loie Fuller, Nick's on Broadway and Julian's. None of these places are Italian except Pizzico and maybe the Z Bar.

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      Chez Pascal Restaurant
      960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

      Local 121
      121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

      Waterman Grille
      4 Richmond Square, Providence, RI 02906

      Red Stripe
      465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

      Cafe Noir
      125 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

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        itryalot Jul 9, 2010 12:58 PM

        Funny....I can take a joke (I hope). Anywhose, I have been reading these boards for a long while and I guess I was expecting more posts since it was the capital of RI. We have reservations at Red Stripe (atmosphere - loud, brasserie, reasonably priced) but we were second guessing ourselves with a few bad reviews about RS we have read. It seems there is a large contingent of Italian restaurants. Since we will be eating Italian and seafood in Boston, we wanted something different for the one night.

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        Red Stripe
        465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

        1. re: itryalot
          Bob W Jul 9, 2010 01:40 PM

          Just a few doors down from Red Stripe is La Laiterie at Farmstead. You might want to check that out.

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

          Red Stripe
          465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

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            itryalot Jul 10, 2010 02:59 PM

            On their website they don't state any prices (Laiterie). Anyone been and can give us some idea. We will be dining (work related) so we have to stay within budget.

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              JaneRI Jul 22, 2010 05:23 PM

              La Laiterie is fairly pricey...if you're concerned about prices, I'd avoid it.

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

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            JaneRI Jul 22, 2010 05:22 PM

            I recall your other thread. Please PLEASE do not drive all the way from Wrentham to Providence for Red Stripe! It is mediocre at best. If you want French brasserie at reasonable prices, go to Cafe Noir.

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            Cafe Noir
            125 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

            1. re: JaneRI
              invinotheresverde Jul 23, 2010 07:28 AM

              Which still doesn't warrant the drive, IMHO.

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                JaneRI Jul 23, 2010 11:25 AM

                Maybe I've just had good luck, but I've never had a bad meal there (although only been a couple of times, and not in months). I've had more good than bad at Red Stripe. And La Laiterie has pissed me off several times and I think I've written them off for good.

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

                Red Stripe
                465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

        2. CapeCodGuy Jul 9, 2010 08:49 AM

          Try a search as there is TONS of discusiion. Providence is actually a great food destination.

          Here's 3 threads I found with minimal effort:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/687810?tag=search_results;results_list
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715866?tag=search_results;results_list
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7056...

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