New to Providence's West End - Looking for hidden gems
My BF and I just moved to the West Side of Providence and want to explore our local dining establishments. The neightborhood is somewhat iffy, but we are brave souls(or wouldn't have moved here). We are lifelong RIer's so I'm hoping for some local, hole-in-the-wall advice. I just can't wit until the weather breaks to explore more on foot. All cusines are acceptable but particularly authentic Chinese (think dim-sum) and I'd like to learn about all variaties of Latin American. Also, it seems all the local convienence stores offer hot food...so any advise there would also be most welcome. Thanks to all.
Hi Holly_Penguin. The West Side is an excellent area for eating. We don't live in the city, but we seem to find ourselves up on the West Side almost every weekend. There are many places to discuss, but here's a grab bag.
Nick's on Broadway
Famous for brunch, great for dinner; I recommend the chef's tasting menu.
Feels like a real neighborhood spot, bone-sticking homey food, good value
Good for brunch, not my favorite for dinner, superior selection for beer
1455 Westminster Street
Lovely ambiance, classic but unchanging French menu
Guatemalan/central American, very good
Excellent vegetarian dining and exciting bar, brunch, late night snack, Stumptown Coffee
3 Luongo Memorial Square
Tiny hidden Asian-inflected restaurant; totally delish
18 Luongo Memorial Square
Hidden bar across the street from North
94 Carpenter Street
Great breakfast/brunch, extremely limited seating
Seven Stars Bakery
West Side outpost of the Providence baking institution
11 Olneyville Square
underground speakeasy in olneyville square; awesome affordable drinks
289 Knight Street
Neighborhood divey bar, fun
The Classic Café
Breakfast, brunch, lunch in a diner environment
White Electric Coffee
711 Westminster Street
Where the cool kids drink
337 Broad Street
New Wing Kee
39 Central Street
Awesome Chinese bbq
El Rancho Grande
311 Plainfield Street
Always enjoy the Mexican here, great mole
Haven't been to the new diner on Westminster, but it might be worth checking out. I'd love to hear what you think of it. Ditto for the Vietnamese bakery at 310 Broad Street. There are probably even more great spots. Hopefully someone else can share some of them!
Thanks for the great list. Thinking about grabbing drinks tonight at Justines and Phoenix Dragon take-out tomorrow night for NYE. I did a restaurant.com gift certificate thing for Christmas present. Nick's on Broadway was one of them so we will definately go there soon. Also John's NY System, Rico Sazon II, Tina's Carribean and about a dozen other I can't think of just now.