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Oct 18, 2011 06:43 AM

Yikes. Dinner tonight in or near Smithfield, RI?

Driving up from CT and looking for an early-ish dinner in or near Smithfield, RI. Dining solo and not looking for anything formal/fancy, and not wanting to drive into Providence and dealing with traffic/parking. I love ethnic food, something special that is regional, hole-in-the-wall, offal, etc.

Any quick suggestions?

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  1. Easy! D. Carlo is a great choice for classic Rhode Island Italian Food. Great bar scene and good for single diners. If you want more hole in the wall, Parente's is okay.

    Parente's Restaurant
    Douglas Park, Smithfield, RI 02917

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    1. re: sarahbeth

      Thanks. Will consider these, though D Carlo may be a bit more formal than I'm seeking.

    2. There is a decent Vietnamese place, Pho Evergreen, on the south side of Rt 44 where 116 hits it from the north. This is about a mile west of the Apple Valley mall. It's fairly Americanized, as you'd expect from the area, but if you know Vietnamese food you can talk to the owners and see what they can do for you. It's low-key and inexpensive.

      1. You can try The Ice House on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence, a few miles south of Smithfield.

        1. Oki's Japanese Steak House on Mineral Spring Ave has been there forever and does hibachi fairly well... It's the only place I dine out in Springfield.

          1. Thanks, all. My time was tight, so I ended up at Pick Pockets for a quick snack, and it was pretty good.

            Pick Pockets
            285 Geo Washgtn Hwy, Smithfield, RI 02917