Thanks for the suggestions so far! The Red Bridge Tavern sounds great. I can't wait to try that place.
Any other suggestions for Italian or Asian? One of my friends wants to try Mainelli's because it was on Restaurant Impossible, but I'm betting there are better places than that.
Red Bridge Tavern
I'm visiting Providence from July 9-12 for a convention. Since I'm the "foodie" of our group, I'm trying to suss out dining locations in advance so we can avoid eating at chain restaurants. We've got a couple of picky eaters, and one vegetarian, and I'm trying to keep everyone's preferences in mind. I'd like to stick to basic and inexpensive choices, like diner food, Italian, or Chinese. Personally, I'd love to try some good seafood as well. (Is it possible to get good fried clams in Providence or is that more of a Massachusetts thing?) Hole-in-the-wall places are fine - I value food over atmosphere. (We're all on a tight budget, so dinners at less than $20 a person and lunch around $10 would be great.) We'll be driving to Providence from our hotel in Seekonk, MA and aren't limited to a certain section of town.
Thanks so much!