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Jan 25, 2011 05:54 PM

Good eats close to Westin Hotel?

Looking for good food (seafood, veggies, ethnic, we're easy) near the Westin downtown. The problem is that this weekend when we'll be in town is Restaurant Week. We don't need to eat at Rest. Week places, happy to, but happy to go elsewhere. Help?

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  1. What state are you talking about? This board covers a lot of territory!

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    1. re: sibeats

      gulp. sorry. that was silly. providence.

    2. My suggestion is Al Forno, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Try to skip the wait for a table (averages 1 1/2 hours) and head straight to the bar. Full dinner menu available there. Is it within walking distance? Yes, but it will be a walk.

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      1. re: DAMASO

        Al Forno is overpriced and overrated, but more importantly, it will be a very long and uncomfortable walk from the Westin this weekend with all the snow around and temps in the teens.

        To the OP, I'm not sure about the Rest Week stuff, but a lot of what you'll find within a few blocks of the Westin are chain-type expense account places (Ruth's Chris, Capital Grille, etc.) Gracie's is very nice, pretty upscale. Local 121 gets very mixed reviews here, but it is a beautiful space and sometimes they do very well (but sometimes they miss) As I noted, there has been a lot of snow, so walking around downtown won't be ideal -- both of those recs are fairly close by.

        1. re: Gin n Tonic

          I 2nd Al Forno Baccaro is very nice although a walk in the cold might be difficult. Gracies should work well. Off the tract a bit once PF Changs comes into town it wont hurt the locals who dine in Prov. But its main stay is to hit the conventions/tourists whos short visits thats their main claim to fame .Just like Cheese Cake good bad or indifferent you cant beat success. This is only the beginning of the chains hits in this country. Also the Markets will gear up for more in store dining.

          1. re: Gin n Tonic

            Where is Gracies? What type of food?

            1. re: nbermas

              It's on Washington St. I'd call it high-end modern American, but look for yourself

          2. re: DAMASO

            Al Forno was the spot about 20 years ago. Now it's just getting by on past reputation. I don't know anyone into food who still eats there. That said, I think the pizza is okay and their patio lovely, but obviously, that won't be open. It's also definitely a cab ride, especially with the three feet of snow we currently have.

            Local 121 is great for drinks (best in the city, IMO), but the food has been more misses than hits for us. Gracie's is lovely, but will probably be mobbed, due to RW. It's pretty much everyone's first pick. Cafe Nuovo isn't bad, but overpriced, especially the wine.

            Local 121
            121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

            Cafe Nuovo
            1 Citizens Plz Ste 1B, Providence, RI 02903

          3. Ate at the Red Fez a couple years ago and enjoyed it. Middle eastern fare.

            Red Fez
            49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

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            1. re: trufflehound

              Multi-ethnic fare. Definitely not middle eastern (grilled cheese, udon bowls, etc.).

            2. You could try Hemmenways for seafood. It's pretty good and probably a 5 min walk from the hotel.

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              1. re: Spaizy

                There is no way you are walking from the Westin to Hemenway's in 5 minutes. Google Maps says it's 0.6 mile and estimates 14 minutes. With the weather conditions in town there's no way you're making it even that quickly.