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Lunch around Pawtucket and Central Falls

krystle920 Feb 7, 2011 06:48 PM

I work near Pawtucket and Central Falls, and I'm looking for recommendations for cheap ~$5 lunch spots in the area. I'm open to any type of cuisine, but preferably something relatively quick and tasty. Bonus points for hearty, authentic ethnic food (latin, african, asian, etc.). Chain restaurants or fast food are also acceptable (once in a while you just have to have one). So far, I've tried or have heard of the following places:

Taqueria Lupita
La Sorpresa
Tacos Don Nacho
Garden Grille
La Arepa
Stanley's
Tierras Latinas

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La Sorpresa
61 Cedar St, Norwalk, CT 06854

La Arepa
574 Smithfield Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Garden Grille
727 East Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

  1. atheorist Feb 11, 2011 03:29 AM

    Have some empanadas with salsa at La Casona on Broad St. in CF. Do it today.

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    La Casona
    804 Broad St, Central Falls, RI 02863

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      krystle920 Feb 11, 2011 10:48 AM

      too late! i just had tacos don nacho for lunch.

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      FjmArch Feb 10, 2011 04:01 AM

      Doherty's at the George Street/ East Ave convergence, free cup of soup and good pub fare for lunch every day.

      Pho Horn in the plaza where Shaw's used to be at the North Main / Pawtucket convergence.

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        Jenkins Feb 10, 2011 05:55 AM

        La Arepa on Smithfield Ave. in Pawtucket is very tasty Venezuelan food.

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        La Arepa
        574 Smithfield Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860

      2. Bob W Feb 9, 2011 02:01 PM

        There's a West African place in CF that opened last year. Of course, it could be closed by now. Senegalese, maybe? I noticed it when driving to Garrison Confections (which was closed 8<() and then I saw it got a nice writeup in one of the local papers.

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          GabachaYucateca Feb 9, 2011 04:40 PM

          It was called Dakar and unfortunately it did close. :(

          The mom of a client of mine opened a Ghanian place on Broadway (next to Luke's on the corner of Central Ave.). Have not tried the restaurant though I have eaten her food before.

          1. re: GabachaYucateca
            Bob W Feb 10, 2011 09:17 AM

            Sorry to hear about Dakar although I'm not too surprised -- West African food is still a very tough sell, I think, despite its deliciousness. Here in the DC area we have tons of Ethiopian restaurants, and very few from the west coast.

            Maybe your client's mom's place will figure out the puzzle!

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              GabachaYucateca Feb 10, 2011 12:30 PM

              He actually just showed up so I will ask him!

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          GabachaYucateca Feb 8, 2011 05:20 PM

          Hope you liked La Sorpresa because I tried La Sorpresa #2 where Jac's Wraps used to be, and it was terrible! You mean Tierras Hispanas on Broad St? They're slow but have replaced another (now closed) as my favorite for fast Mexican. I also sometimes like to grab something quick at Caprichos Antioquenos on Lonsdale and did hear that Apsara was opening a storefront take out near there too.

          Rosa's Kitchen on Main Street is great for cheap breakfast and traditional Cape Verdean dishes though it's faster to call in your order and pick it up.

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          La Sorpresa
          61 Cedar St, Norwalk, CT 06854

          Apsara Restaurant
          716 Public St, Providence, RI 02907

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          1. re: GabachaYucateca
            krystle920 Feb 11, 2011 10:49 AM

            la sorpresa was just ok i thought. i've had much better empanadas before.

            what's at caprichos antioquenos?

            how much are dishes at rosa's kitchen?

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              GabachaYucateca Feb 12, 2011 09:22 AM

              Caprichos antioquenos has Colombian antojitos. Emanadas, bunuelos, etc (can't remember the names of others...more familiar with Mexican).

              We usually go to Rosa's for breakfast and a plate of eggs, homefries, and toast is 1.99 and a bit more for meat of course. I think the plates of canja and cachupa are 5 or 6 dollars.

              The Dominican Market on Weeden at the corner of Lonsdale also sells plates. And I also like the food at Union Fruit Market on Broad, which is just before the train tracks and CVS...Guatemalan food and cheap. I also love them because they sell Coke in glass bottles, which excited me to no end.

              Also, Tres Amigos has some good Mexican antojitos...they're on Dexter...can't remember exactly where but I know if you hit Cowden Street then you've gone too far.

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