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Jan 23, 2011 06:33 AM

Favorite Dishes in Providence...

My wife and I have managed to eat out a bit more of late than usual, and while I think we've had some nice meals with some very good food around town, I resultingly can't think of one "stand out" dish I've had anywhere that was memorable that I'd absolutely want to go back for.

So, before we go out to eat some more, I thought I'd ask everyone not what what your favorite restaurants are (we the regulars know them all and the scene has been quite static for a while at this point), but I thought I'd ask:

- What are your FAVORITE DISHES are around the city?
- What are your FAVORITE FLAVORS around the city?

Now, my wife and I eat vegetarian and no shellfish, but don't let that limit you. What dishes around the area can't you wait to go back and order again?


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  1. That's tough, as our favorites have typically been at spots that rely on local, in season ingredients that tend to dictate a rotating menu (for example, I recently had a to-die-for soup of pureed winter veggies, egg noodles, and shredded duck confit at Broadway Bistro).

    But if I had to choose otherwise, I'd go for La Laiterie's mac and cheese and Bacaro's crispy chicken over pasta fagioli. I could also eat a whole plate of the breakfast potatoes at Nick's - a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

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

    Bacaro Restaurant
    262 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903

    Broadway Bistro
    205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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    1. re: LMWW

      Also forgot to add the Aloo Tikki Chaat at Rasoi for favorite appetizer - order it every time!

    2. I'm also veg (lacto/ovo). Here are some of my faves:

      Pistachio Ravioli at Loie Fuller
      Accidental Purist burger at Ivy Tavern
      Falafel at ESP
      Tofu Bee Bong at Apsara (Public St.)
      Avocado Naan Pizza at Julians (add onions, subtract tomatoes)
      Gheya Kofta, triple-extra spicy, Bombay Club
      Grilled scamorza appetizer at Pane e Vino
      Golden Raisin Bread Pudding also at P e V (best dessert in the city)

      Bombay Club
      145 Dean St, Providence, RI 02903

      Ivy Tavern
      758 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906

      Apsara Restaurant
      716 Public St, Providence, RI 02907

      1. bacon-wrapped scallop salad at providence oyster bar
        south main salad at parkside
        murphy's reuben, sometimes corned beef, sometimes pastrami, always grilled 1 slice rye & 1 slice pumpernickle
        torta oaxaquena el rancho grande
        shrimp po'boy lili marlene's

        1. First off, great idea for a thread.

          Same caveat as LMWW, we tend to love places with ever changing menus. With that being said, off the top of my head.

          Poutine with chorizo at the Red Fez
          Charcuterie plate at La Laiterie
          Pad See Ew at Thai Star
          Pasta Con i Funghi at Baccaro

          Red Fez
          49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

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

          Thai Star Restaurant
          1088 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02908

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          1. re: Frobisher

            Gotta second that Poutine at Red Fez.

          2. Chevre, bacon & onion tart (w/fig jam) at Cafe Noir

            Sweet potato, broccoli & Swiss cheese hash at Julian's

            Gnocchi at Siena

            Cafe Noir
            125 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

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            1. re: JaneRI

              Are both Siena's the same menu? Would you say you prefer one over the other? I have only been to EG.