Trip to from Philadelphia to Portland, Portland to Providence
My boyfriend and I are heading to New England the second weekend in August for a weekend away. We are looking for places to eat for any meal. We are thinking of spending Thursday Night, Friday and some of Saturday in Portland, then Providence for Saturday evening and Sunday. And Maybe Narragansett on Monday before heading back to Philadelphia.
Any suggestions are welcome!
If you plan on Saturday night in Providence, keep in mind that August 14 is a Waterfire night, so the city will be more crowded than usual and your dining options downtown will be more circumscribed. You'll probably want to head more toward Federal Hill or the East Side that evening -- but with no idea of your budget or dining preferences it's hard to make a suggestion. Search the board to get some ideas.
If you head to the beach area for Monday, I think Matunuck Oyster Bar is a good choice. It's not Narragansett, but it's close. You'll have to be careful with your timing if you're driving from there to Philly on a weekday afternoon/evening. Probably best to eat a very late lunch or very early dinner, so you're getting to southern CT after 7:00 pm or so.
re: Gin n Tonic
We may drive in Sunday morning, we were warned about Waterfire by friends who live in the area. We are leaving around noon from Philadelphia to hopefully miss some of the New York area traffic.
As for budgeting, we are not on a very strict budget. on average for two 80-100 maybe. Cheaper is not a problem at all.
It seems I didn't express myself well. If you intend to avoid Providence on Aug 14 because of Waterfire, I think that's foolish, especially if you have never been. It is definitely worth going if you'll be in the area. Only a jaded local would tell you to stay away.
My only point was that certain popular downtown spots (Luxe, Gracie's, Red Fez, Hemenway's, Cafe Nuovo, even the closer South or North Main Street options) will be crowded with Waterfire-attending people. But there are plenty of good options west of 95 on either Atwells (aka Federal Hill) or Broadway: Angelo's, Mediterraneo, Pane e Vino, Siena for the Italian-ish; Loie Fuller, Providence Prime, Nick's, Broadway Bistro for more variety. Likewise plenty of good options on the East Side, including Wayland Square and a bit north on Hope St: Red Stripe, La Laiterie, Chez Pascal, India. I'm sure others will chime in with those I've missed.
My later point was about your Monday plans. Go to the beach, eat an early dinner at Matunuck Oyster Bar, then head back to Philly. If you leave Matunuck at 6:00, you should be crossing the GW by 8:15-8:30 pm. If you leave Matunuck after lunch, you'll get crushed on 95 and the Cross Bronx.