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Aug 21, 2010 09:54 AM

Downtown to East Side Providence - Breakfast & Lunch Recs?

I'll be visiting Providence September 5th through the 11th. The city used to be my stomping grounds back in my mid-twenties, but since moving to Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I'm pretty much out of touch with the current culinary scene in Providence. Only dining I've done there on trips in recent years has been at Al Forno - an old standby.

My wife and I will be staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown on Weybosset, so we'll be within walking distance to College Hill/Thayer and much of the downtown area.

I've searched the board for dinner recs and plan to check out Gracie's, La Laiterie, Red Fez, New Rivers, Local 121 and Cook & Brown. Any comments on these establishments are welcome.

Can anyone recommend a spot within walking distance of the hotel to pick up good coffee and pastries, and maybe also a full breakfast place? The hotel serves hot breakfast (included), so we'll take advantage of that most days. Would be good to have options, though, just in case.

I'm also looking for lunch spot suggestions. We might check out Nice Slice on Thayer, but that's all I've found so far. Are there any Gastropub type places in the area that are open for lunch? Any other places that you would recommend? Is it worth the drive down to Narragansett to try Crazy Burger?


Red Fez
49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

Local 121
121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

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

Nice Slice
267 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

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  1. Not sure about breakfast in the "core" downtown area where you'll be -- everything I'll suggest is a bit of a hike. If you head west on Broadway, first you'll find Seven Stars Bakery, which opens at 6:30 am. A bit further on the same side is Julian's, which has interesting full service breakfast/brunch-type food, but opens later. Still further is Nick's, probably the best in town, but not open every day. Walk south a bit from the hotel into the jewelry district and there's Olga's Cup and Saucer on Point St. Or walk east on Wickenden and Brickway is a very nice full-service breakfast place.

    For brewpubs, both Trinity Brewhouse and Union Station Brewery are open at 11:30 every day for lunch, and both are a short walk. Luxe Burger Bar is pretty much next to Union Station, and is a good, fun choice, surprisingly inexpensive. Or walk up to Federal Hill, where there are a ton of options. I wouldn't spend the time driving down to Narragansett.

    On the dinner side, I think you'll find very mixed comments about Local 121, although it's a great place to have a cocktail. I think you'll be missing out if you don't add Chez Pascal to your list.

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    1. re: Gin n Tonic

      Thank you for the very helpful comments and suggestions. I've seen the mixed comments on Local 121, so we'll probably just stop in for a cocktail. Will definitely consider adding Chez Pascal to the itinerary. Thanks again!

      Chez Pascal Restaurant
      960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

      Local 121
      121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903