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katcraig Jul 19, 2011 04:43 PM

We're passing through Providence (Brown Univ. area) early Friday evening and are looking for something fun/good/possibly funky...not dressy as the youngest will be in a t shirt. We like good, interesting food and nothing too pricey. Suggestions?

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    Gin n Tonic Jul 20, 2011 03:20 PM

    Red Fez.

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      invinotheresverde Jul 20, 2011 03:39 PM

      Definitely.
      A bit of a walk or a quick drive from Brown. Hipster-y bar upstairs, but casual and delicious downstairs. Super reasonably priced, too.

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      rjlebed Jul 20, 2011 03:32 PM

      If you walk along Thayer street which is right next to Brown's campus there are several places that are interesting. For interesting good pizza you can get Nice Slice. If you want a more sit down meal there are a few places along there as well. If you have a car and want something in Wayland Square which is only a mile or so from campus, Red Stripe is good and varied. Anything from a salad or burger to something more. My son swears by East side Pockets for a pickup and go type of meal. He loves the falafel!! There is also a new yogurt place along Thayer that sells it by the ounce. That would be a nice dessert.............. Finally, if you drive up to Federal Hill there are a number of Italian places that have great food. And, for dessert try Pastiche!! YUMMY treats and coffee.......

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      Red Stripe
      465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

      Nice Slice
      267 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02906

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        winedude Jul 22, 2011 09:33 AM

        Good recs from rjlebed above. I agree about Red Stripe, it's very good, but my only complaint is that it's very loud. They take reservations, which is a plus.

        Federal Hill is fun, though the food quality is variable. Sitting outside at one of the places in DePasquale Square, then having dessert at Pastiche, would work for you as well.

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        Red Stripe
        465 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906

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          5thAndNowhere Jul 25, 2011 09:12 AM

          Julian's. Its not on the East Side but easy to get to. Funky, quirky, rock n roll, casual. Beer, wine and liquor > http://www.juliansprovidence.com/category/dinner

          Broadway Bistro also in that area > http://www.broadwaybistrori.com
          Entrees under $20

          Bob and Timmy's Grilled Pizza in federal hill

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          Broadway Bistro
          205 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903

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        katcraig Aug 9, 2011 10:03 AM

        Thanks for the great recs ... we ended up at the Fez, loved it and will go back. Had the chicken wings with "eleventeen" spices and the Gingered Gentleman. Tough choices with the other suggestions though ...

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