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Where can we take hungry URI students out for a decent meal?

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We're headed to URI over Easter and want to take our son and 2-3 of his college friends out for a nice dinner. We can't afford Castle Hill or Fluke or anything too fancy. Where can we get a great meal in the $10-$15 an entree range? Something that would make them feel cool... Maybe a little offbeat, memorable?

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  1. Memorable and great at $10-15 per entree? Maybe you could take them to 1975?

    On a serious note, you may have to consider driving north to PVD and going somewhere ethnic, Mexican, Asian, or Portuguese perhaps. Or how about Mike's Kitchen in the VFW, certainly off-beat and memorable with great food. A bit over budget but not by much.

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy

      Hey - they're college kids. I think Applebee's would qualify as a step up. I'm thinking quirky or homey but quality. Don't tell me I can't get that for $20+/- a (non-drinking under 21-year-old) head.

      1. re: kyleboc

        sounds like you might like crazy burger in narragansett, but they are probably familiar w/ it already.

        1. re: sarabean

          Never heard of it. We're new to all this. Thanks! We'll check it out!

        2. re: kyleboc

          +1
          anywhere that doesnt have ramen or mac and cheese...

          1. re: kyleboc

            $20 +/- is different than $10-15 per entree. Newport Creamery fits, I guess....

          2. re: CapeCodGuy

            If you are willing to head to Providence, you have plenty of options. The Red Fez has great food in the price range you specified and the atmosphere could certainly be described as offbeat and memorable.

            As mentioned above, Providence has several very good authentic Mexican restaurants. El Rancho Grande would be a good choice. Alternatively, there is a newly opened Ethiopian restaurant on the East Side.

            If you would be prefer to stay in South County, you could go to Iggys for chowder and clam cakes. If you you are willing to go a little beyond $15 (with plenty of sandwiches and a few entrees under), you should head to the Matunuck Oyster Bar.

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            Red Fez
            49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

            El Rancho Grande
            313 Plainfield St, Providence, RI 02909

            1. re: Frobisher

              heartily second fez & rancho, but door to door you're talkin 35-40 min at least to provy. i thought of matunuck oyster bar, it's def a great spot, if not terribly hip :) awesome food & dollar oysters at happy hour!

              1. re: sarabean

                I must say, I'm loving the Fez recommendation... Do you all think I can get 7 of us in there?

                1. re: kyleboc

                  totally, if you allow time to wait 15-30 min. and trust me, it's worth it!

          3. The Mews in Wakefield is casual, they have a large menu. I like their pizza and calzones but they pretty much have everything. Fun atmosphere.

            1. I second The Mews- Love their burgers and excellent beer selections