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clm80 May 16, 2011 07:46 AM

I am hoping you all can recommend a good place to eat in Providence. I will be staying at the Marriott Downtown. The only issue is that I will be with twin 9 year old boys -- so I am hoping for a good food but casual setting (they eat most everything).

Any good places we should go?

Thanks!

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    clm80 May 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    Thanks for all suggestions -- I definitely am interested in a local restaurant -- and not planning on going to any chain restaurants...I will check out the other places -- any other recs in Federal Hill?

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    1. re: clm80
      invinotheresverde May 16, 2011 12:26 PM

      I think Cassarino's is fine with kids, especially if you go on the earlier side. It's not super casual, but not too fancy/crazy expensive.

      Angelo's is very casual. I believe it's the oldest joint on the hill. Red sauce Italian with killer soups.

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      Cassarino's Restaurant
      177 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

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        Garris May 16, 2011 01:12 PM

        If the kids are good in restaurants, Cassarino's food is definitely a step up from the passable Angelo's as far as I'm concerned... Agree with all other (non-chain) recs here OTW...

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        Cassarino's Restaurant
        177 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

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          smoky Aug 2, 2011 10:35 AM

          I'd only go to Angelo's if I had a time machine, since the entire soul of the place was removed a few years ago--after 80 years in business. Anyone who missed the old Angelo's missed a jewel.

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            invinotheresverde Aug 2, 2011 11:47 AM

            It definitely lost a bit of personality with the remodel.

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          Gin n Tonic May 17, 2011 07:59 AM

          All good recs (the non-chain ones, at any rate), but you didn't answer which Marriott. If you're at the one on Orms St., that's kind of in a wasteland, and it'll be a long walk anywhere. If you're at the Courtyard Marriott on Mem Blvd (or Exchange Terrace), then Luxe is mere feet away, and Federal Hill is fairly easily walkable.

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            clm80 May 17, 2011 10:08 AM

            We are at the one on Orm Street -- is there anything walkable around there???

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              winedude May 17, 2011 10:57 AM

              I'd think your best bet would be to check out one of the places on N. Main St. For upscale dining (but they'd be willing to handle your kids, if you'd like), there's Mill Tavern. They *might* have a kids menu, I'd call and check, otherwise it'd be pricey to bring them there. I brought my girls when they were your sons' age, and they did fine there.

              For burgers, Harry's Bar and Burgers has very good slider-style burgers, and it's very casual and cheap. I'd recommend sitting upstairs, as downstairs is a real bar, mostly.

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                Frobisher May 17, 2011 02:06 PM

                Not really. Other than the restaurant in the hotel, there is Snookers, a pool hall/sports bar across the street. The places on North Main mentioned above would be the closest.

                That Marriott feels very removed from Downtown. It is situated near a bunch of large/institutional buildings, parking lots and highway on ramps. While perhaps not a huge distance as the crow flies it is not really pedestrian friendly walk to get downcity.

                At night you will not see many other pedestrians. You will be walking along streets with traffic moving at a good clip. Can't recall if you indicated your gender, but I can imagine that a woman walking by herself or with young kids might feel uncomfortable, if not unsafe, after sundown. Which is not to say that it is a high crime area, its not. Just that some people might feel vulnerable or exposed due to the lack of other pedestrians, street life.

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                  clm80 May 18, 2011 06:24 AM

                  Thanks for the heads up - much appreciated. I think we are going to try Luxe Burger -- seems close enough and fits the bill for the twins. Luckily, I am with a larger group - so not too worried about the safety aspect. Will report back tomorrow on the meal!

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                  Luxe Burger
                  5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI 02903

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            Frobisher May 16, 2011 10:41 AM

            Luxe Burger, Murphy's and Trinity Brewhouse all do a solid job with burgers and pub fare. If you have a car or are willing to take a very short taxi ride most of the places (except maybe Sienna and Pane E Vino) on Federal Hill would be fine for kids. Andinos would be a good choice for red sauce Italian.

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            Pane E Vino
            365 Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI 02903

            Andino's
            171 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903

            Luxe Burger
            5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI 02903

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              Bluebird May 16, 2011 10:24 AM

              I think Luxe Burger would be a good choice with the boys. I'd go there over one of the chain places in the mall.

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              Luxe Burger
              5 Memorial Blvd, Providence, RI 02903

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              1. re: Bluebird
                invinotheresverde May 16, 2011 11:56 AM

                Agree with Luxe. Perfect with kids.

                OP, definitely skip the chains.

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                Frankie811 May 16, 2011 10:17 AM

                Well which Marriott Hotel will you be staying at? There are three downtown. However, with two young boys I think they'd enjoy eating and playing at Dave and Busters (http://www.daveandbusters.com) in the Providence Place Mall. Or you can take them there after you eat at the Cheesecake Factory (http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com) which is also in the mall. Or Pizzeria Uno (http://www.unos.com) Nothin' fancy, but...................

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