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Frobisher Oct 27, 2010 08:38 AM

So my wife and I used to eat out a few times a week.. then we had kids. Dinners out are much less frequent and as such highly valued. As a result, we tend up at the places we know and love: Chez Pascal, Gracies, New Rivers. If we are feeling more low key - The Fez.

MIL is in town this week, so Friday is that rare occasion, dinner out sans kids. Where should we go in Providence or its immediate environs?

One caveat. Since we don't go out nearly as much, we get takeout on the weekends. So Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, red sauce Italian, Pizza, Mexican or BBQ are not on the table for the dinner out because we can have those anytime.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

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Chez Pascal Restaurant
960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

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    rjlebed Oct 27, 2010 08:41 AM

    My son goes to Brown so we are new to Providence and have been exploring restaurants. We had a lovely breakfast/brunch at Red Stripe in Wayland Square. If you want something casual it also has dinner. Good food and relaxed atmosphere. The Salad Nicoise with Salmon was WONDERFUL!!

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    Red Stripe
    465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

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      JJChick Oct 27, 2010 09:19 AM

      Blaze on the East Side (Hope Street) is very good. Eclectic menu and everything is pretty good. Also Twist on Angel is really good. Fun atmosphere, good food and great drinks. Either would be a good bet. What part of Providence are you looking to go. These are on the east side, but there are other places as well.

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        Jenkins Oct 27, 2010 10:30 AM

        I am a very big fan of Broadway Bistro. La Laiterie is also very good (a bit less casual and more expensive than BB), Red Stripe has a bigger menu than BB but I think that results in the dishes never been amazing, just good to very good.

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

        Red Stripe
        465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

        Broadway Bistro
        205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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          Garris Oct 28, 2010 07:04 AM

          I agree with Broadway Bistro and La Laiterie as a way to branch out. Red Stripe, like La Laiterie located in Wayland Square, is a great neighborhood restaurant, but for a once a season meal out, I'd go with La Laiterie. Loie Fuller's on the West End is another one I'd strongly consider.

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

          Red Stripe
          465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

          Broadway Bistro
          205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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            twilight goddess Oct 28, 2010 07:43 AM

            Loie Fuller or Broadway Bistro for a special meal. Loie Fuller is absolutely gorgeous inside, and BB is pretty, charming, and small. Both serve delicious food.

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            Broadway Bistro
            205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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          Steve Oct 28, 2010 07:15 AM

          It's been years since I've been to Providence. I *think* Walter's in Federal Hill still exists. Specializes in Jewish-Italian cuisine. Anybody have any updates on this place? The restaurant website is out-of-date.

          http://www.chefwalter.com/WP-restaura...

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            Garris Oct 28, 2010 08:19 AM

            To my knowledge they're still there. While I definitely respect what Walter does, the two meals I've had there were merely OK. It's certainly a place I'd be willing to go back to explore, but for one can't miss meal out in a year, I think the other recs hold up better.

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              twilight goddess Oct 28, 2010 08:43 AM

              I haven't been to Walter's, but I would like to try Spiga Trattoria in Cranston, which I think is also one of his restaurants. The menu looks fantastic.

              http://www.chefwalter.com/Spiga-index...

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              Spiga Trattoria
              162 Mayfield Ave, Cranston, RI 02920

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              GSM Oct 28, 2010 10:05 AM

              Take the drive to Bristol for Persimmon. Doesn't get better than that.

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                OOliver Oct 28, 2010 03:13 PM

                I know Chez Pascal gets all the attention on Hope Street, but I'm a bigger fan of the Rue at the other end of Hope Street. I met an out-of-town friend there this past Saturday night (good thing I made a reservation - it was Brown parents weekend, and the line was out the door) and the food was incredible. When we sat down in the packed dining room, we were afraid we would get 'lost in the shuffle', but we didn't - service was wonderful and the food came out in a timely manner. This is a great place to have dinner with a friend, or something romantic. The prices are very reasonable - they know what they are doing here.

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                Chez Pascal Restaurant
                960 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

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                  twilight goddess Oct 28, 2010 06:33 PM

                  What did you order?

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                    MacshashRIP Oct 29, 2010 04:51 AM

                    Chilangos on Manton has some really authentic, true west-coast style mexican, though the location and parking leave a bit to be desired.

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                    Chilangos
                    447 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909

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                      twilight goddess Oct 29, 2010 06:57 AM

                      yes yes yes to Chilangos! YES! yum. Casual, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

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                      Chilangos
                      447 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909

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                      OOliver Oct 29, 2010 10:23 AM

                      I had my favorite - lobster mac-n-cheese (I raved about this before), while my friend got the steak special which she said was one of the best steaks she has had in a long time (she's a gourmet cook herself, and is hesitant about getting steaks in restaurants).

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                      lunchmaker Feb 7, 2011 08:35 PM

                      really? I eat there last weekend and I found the food to be OK but not great and the service was awful. I told Debra Norman, the owner, that I was unhappy with the service and in response I was told " Well I hope you did not tip your waitress well." Not what I was looking to hear. I'd been there for dinner a few weeks earlier and dinner was "Meh" They have been slipping over the years. The bread and butter are the only things worth going for.

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                        invinotheresverde Feb 8, 2011 10:24 AM

                        Agreed. I strongly dislike Rue. Somehow I forgot to add it to my list on the "Worst of RI" thread.

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                    Alica Oct 29, 2010 06:46 AM

                    I went to Nick's on Broadway for the first time the other night and I thought it was great. Broadway Bistro is very good, Lois Fuller is very nice, not a fan of Red Stripe.

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                    Red Stripe
                    465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

                    Broadway Bistro
                    205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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                      choch Oct 29, 2010 08:50 AM

                      La Laiterie and Loie Fuller are top notch. Broadway Bistro can be inconsistent especially for the price tag. La Laiterie almost always delivers amazing food, the menu has different priced options but I think the expensive stuff is always worth it. Beer and wine selection is fabulous too. I also second the Persimmon nomination, of course very pricey and out of the way, but totally worth it, hands down the best restaurant in RI.

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

                      Broadway Bistro
                      205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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                        Frobisher Oct 29, 2010 08:59 AM

                        Thanks for the all suggestions. We're leaning toward Broadway Bistro. La Laiterie, which we have visited a number of times, is also on the table.

                        We've been to Red Stripe and like it ok, but not enough for a relatively rare meal out.

                        As to Persimmon, I've great things but for now Bristol is to far away. Our youngest is still nursing and won't take a bottle. By the time we get there, eat and get back both Mom and baby would be most uncomfortable.

                        Any thoughts on Baccaro? We never made it there pre-kids.

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

                        Red Stripe
                        465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

                        Broadway Bistro
                        205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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                          Jenkins Oct 29, 2010 12:20 PM

                          Been to Bacaro twice, sat at the bar, and really enjoyed it. The pasta dish with mushrooms was so unique and so good - highly recommended! Last time there my wife and I split the Southern Italy Salumanera (sp?) plate and then split the pasta mushroom dish and could not have been happier.

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                          Bacaro Restaurant
                          262 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903

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                          Alica Oct 29, 2010 10:19 AM

                          Providence Oyster Bar is very good!

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                          Providence Oyster Bar
                          283 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

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                            bawc Nov 2, 2010 02:38 PM

                            We are in the same position and went to cook and brown opposite chez Pascal after a school meeting and had a lovely meal there. Menu is Ltd however but excellent

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