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Restaurants near Trinity Rep in Providence

Thanks to all for your great advice. Since Gracie's was closed and the reviews of Bravo and Local 121 were so mediocre, we decided to go to Tini and just have some fun food rather than try for a full dinner which might not be so great. Tini was as described - quirky, experimental and good. I started with a really wonderful cosmo and the wine list was fine. Food was all well prepared and different - Greek salad (sort of a deconstructed presentation), Autumn gnochetti (the best plate of the evening - buttenut squash, prosciutto and parmesan), Blackbird steak sandwich (tasty), fries with garlic aioli and hot sauce (very good), pork confit taco (my least favorite dish of the night), and of course the Tini Weinie (fun). One disappointing note - we sat down at 5:45 and only one other couple was there and they were finishing up. We were told there were 2 specials which were larger plates - one was striped bass and we both said that sounded good which the server heard us say. We planned our ordering around the striped bass as our main dish. We started by ordering a few of the other dishes. In the meantime another couple and a single guy came in(he did not have the bass). We order the striped bass (it was a little after 6 by then) and were told they were out. That was puzzling and disappointing. If they had so few orders of it, either don't announce it as one of your two specials of the evening or tell me you only have one or two orders and if I want it I might want to get my order in. We probably would have ordered differently if we hadn't planned on that so the meal ended on a disappointing note. Despite that though we enjoyed our experience. However, my husband and I both said that we wouldn't rush back unless the menu changed on a regular basis. I think it would get old fast. Interesting that it wasn't full when we left after 7 on a night when Trinity was sold out so I wonder if it's a novelty that wears off after a visit or two. Overall a good place for drinks and appetizers on occasion rather than dinner. So thanks again for all your comments. You're all really helpful.

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Local 121
121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

Oct 03, 2010
manelson in Southern New England

Restaurants near Trinity Rep in Providence

Sounds like a plan! We just may try that. Thanks so much.

Sep 30, 2010
manelson in Southern New England

Restaurants near Trinity Rep in Providence

Thanks so much for all the advice. Gracie's was my first choice but it's closed this weekend for a wedding(lucky couple!). Tini sounds interesting but I was concerned it wouldn't be a comfortable dinner choice. Bravo didnt' seem that interesting to me. I'm sorry to hear about the inconsistency of Local 121 because it looks lovely and the menu sounds great. Thanks again, folks. This is my first time on this site and It's great that people are so helpful. I hope to return the favor.

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Local 121
121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

Sep 29, 2010
manelson in Southern New England

Restaurants near Trinity Rep in Providence

What's the best restaurant to have dinner before attending a play at Trinity Rep - Local 121 , Tini, or other?
Thanks.

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Local 121
121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

Sep 28, 2010
manelson in Southern New England