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Cook & Brown (Providence, RI)

Thanks for the detailed review. I generally have had the same experience. Pretty good meals but never amazing and occasionally mediocre. For the price point I hope for more. Usually means I end up elsewhere.

Oct 15, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Breakfast in Providence

Two favorites are Nicks on Broadway (think Farm to Table, slightly upscale, creative, delicious) or Julians (funky, hipster, big portions, damn good).

Oct 14, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Salted Slate - Providence

Had dinner here last week. Really like the changes they've made to the space since La Laiterie left. Large bar where the old butcher table used to be. Excellent service as they had 2 bartenders working. Well made (if slightly small by today's standards) Manhattan, but reasonably priced at $7. My pork tenderloin was indeed served on a salted slate. Pork was perfectly medium and tasty. Instead of any type of sauce they went with a sprinkle of fresh herbs over the top. Only disappointment was that the sides were rather small. Interesting and well prepared but not enough to fill me up. As in French restaurant small. However, my wife's scallops (perfect seared) came with a more moderate amount of side dishes. Definitely recommended.

Aug 25, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

Went to Bacaro's last night in Providence. Split a huge "salad" of local corn, tomatoes, crutons and basil which was super tasty. Then we split a chacuterie plate of lots of tasty cheese, meat, etc. Also very good. Had the Negroni cocktail - never had one before and really liked it. Kind of like a slightly sweet martini or cross between a manhattan and a martini.

Aug 08, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI * July '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Adesso in North Providence has closed. Was only open a few months. Formally of the East Side and on Federal HIll. Spent a long time rehabbing the spot only to close. Very mixed reviews on Yelp, though. Never went.

Jul 21, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI * May '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

I like that it will be a much bigger store and closer to my house. Might even mean I go to Bottles less. Can't say I like the specific location though - that area around Bennys, the exits on and off 95 and intersection with North Main already is already kinda chaotic.

May 22, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI * May '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Good point - it's a ready-made location for a restaurant that does a good job. I just hope it is something worthy of the location.

May 08, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI * May '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Agreed - thought the food was trending too esoteric and the price point too high. Still will be missed, but I go to North, Broadway Bistro, etc., much more.

May 08, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Providence - Saturday night near Columbus Theater?

Lots of good stuff right around the Columbus Theater. For slightly more than casual yet funky place try Broadway Bistro for dinner Saturday night. Want slightly more of a NY cool vibe - Nicks on Broadway. Intimate 1920s French theme - Lois Fullers. Cutting edge hip food, but casual and friendly - North. For breakfast - Nicks on Broadway or Julians. After the show - Avery Lounge.

Mar 14, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Camille's Review - Providence

Went here for dinner on a slow Monday night. Service was great but the entree was sad. Got the seared halibut special. They somehow managed to both not get a sear on the fish (half the reason I ordered it was for that crunchy, carmelized goodness) and overcook it. A friend got the same dish and his fish was also lacking a sear and was dry. So the kitchen was 0 for 2. Pathetic. Especially for the price. My wife got the pasta. It was good but nothing special.

Feb 13, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI 2013 - Your Favorites?

I'm not on these boards a lot, but when I am, I can count on a negative post from Frank. Drive on Dr. Dour, drive on.

Feb 12, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

La Laiterie review - Providence

La laiterie/Farmstead is headed in the wrong direction. Last time I went I noticed the menu had gone from interesting to strange (too many snail, pigtail, lamb tongue dishes) and what was served was good, but not great, especially as the price point has gone up. Figured I'd give them another shot last night. Same deal. Ordered the fishermans stew for $29. Broth had very little depth of flavor or complexity. I expected to be sopping it up to my very last crumb. Didn't even bother. It came with squid in it, which was served as one large uncut tentacle. So tough I could barely cut it with a knife.

Jan 31, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Loie Fuller review - Providence

I’ve been to Loie Fuller’s a handful of times since they opened a few years back. Had read some things over the last couple years which weren’t always great, so hadn’t been back in a bit. But with the bitterly cold weather, thoughts of their fireplace and warm atmosphere came to mind, so I gave it another shot last night. And I’m very glad I did. Sat at the bar with my wife for dinner. They had Founder’s Breakfast Stout on tap, which is the perfect winter beer. I had plans to get something more exotic, but couldn’t help myself and got the meatloaf dinner. Comfort food, anyone? It was very good, came with mashed potatoes of course and spinach, which was a nice bitter contrast to the otherwise rich dish. My wife on the other hand got a phenomenal entree, which I would go back for in a minute. Cod with a tomato and potato ragout. The cod had a perfect sear but was still moist on the inside. The ragout was outstanding. Perfectly balanced, not too salty or rich. Best fish dish I’ve tasted in a while. We started the meal with two simple salads – croutons and horseradish dressing, for a mere $5 each. The greens were as fresh as could be, the dressing good but could have used a bit more horseradish (then again I really like horseradish), and the croutons were very tasty. I will be putting Loie Fuller’s back on my rotation for sure.

Jan 24, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England
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PVD/RI * January '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Adesso finally reopened in its new location on Charles Street in North Providence. Can't comment on the food, though. Never been.

Jan 10, 2014
Jenkins in Southern New England

Public Kitchen and Bar Review (Providence)

Went here twice now, before a show at the Vets and a movie. Very pleasantly surprised. First time, I started the meal with a frise salad that was excellent. BItterness of the greens was offset by bits of bacon and cheese and other things I can't remember. Long story short - perfectly balanced, not overly dressed and fresh salad. For the entree I got a trio of tacos - fish, pork and beef. Very tasty, I like the variety in one meal, and a good price point. For drinks I ordered an "Argyll" Manhattan (because they use scotch and bourbon whisky). It was very well made. Service was just fine as well, and I also like the decor (less clubby and more intimate/casual than when it was Temple restaurant - it's in the Renaissance Hotel). I will be back again. The menu is well constructed with full size entrees, small plates and apps. Prices are reasonable and the chef seems to care. Definitely recommended.

Nov 27, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England
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Birch (Providence, RI)

We had the same reaction from the Grange - hungry when we got home. I'm hoping restaurants find some middle ground as I am no fan of really big portions either. Speaking of the Grange - I got the mushroom po boy and the one thing I did not like about it and just couldn't get over was that the bun was cold. A grilled buttered bun really would've helped make the dish more substantial.

Jul 11, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI * July '13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Maybe a combination of both. It will be so much better than the last 2 places it will shine in comparison, as opposed to Federal Hill where it might have got lost in the shuffle, as you implied. It's a good space (although the interior could use updating and make better use of the bar area),with plenty of parking, so the right restaurant should succeed.

Jul 05, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England

PVD/RI * July '13 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Adesso on the Hill is moving from Federal Hill to North Providence on Charles Street (3rd restaurant in this spoit in the last 3 years). Since I live near here I am psyched - the previous place Edwards was horrible (and the restaurant Edwards replaced was mediocre). Here's hoping Adesso ends that the bad luck.

Jul 05, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England

Fun in Providence near Renaissance Hotel

Fat Belly's Pub is fun, if you like sports. Lots of tvs, large selection of beers to chose from, pretty good pub food, in an historic old building. If you are looking for betterfood that's unique or different I'd go more for North or Broadway Bistro. Less of a bar scene, though.

Jun 25, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England

Fluke (Newport)

Went during restaurant week. They were slammed but handled the crowds well. Crispy oyster appetizer was excellent, especially the sauce they used on it. Got the chicken for an entree - nice, crispy and moist with interesting sides. Rhubarb cheesecake for dessert was rich and tasty. Just wish this and other places would make it with a classic graham cracker crust. Would definitely go to Fluke again when I am in Newport.

Apr 17, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England

Two dinners and two lunches in Providence

The Dorrance is in a gorgeous space. The food doesn't quite match the surroundings, and sometimes tries to be too creative by half, but I'd still consider it.

Loie Fuller is good, really unusual but impressive space, somewhat slow service sometimes.

La Laiterie is the restaurant attached to the Farmstead cheese shop. Tends to get very crowded. Small space. Good bistro with killer pork dishes.

Nicks on Broadway for dinner is also recommended.

Apr 08, 2013
Jenkins in Southern New England

Solo Providence Bar Eats on a Friday

Broadway Bistro recently expanded and now has 2 separate bars, so you might stand a good chance of getting a seat. Excellent food. Nicks and Farmstead you would have a tougher time finding a seat, I think. Nicks because they get lots of reservations and Farmstead/La Laiterie because the bar is small and the restaurant popular. For more of a local, dive bar type of experience, I'd recommend The Ivy on Hope Street in Providence. Great burger, super bartender.

Dec 27, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

Providence w/a vegetarian and a picky eater

Blaze might fill the bill. They have fairly straight forward beef dishes on the menu (i.e. steak frites), plus some interesting pasta dishes, plus a vegetarian section. There is a slight southern twist to the offerings.

Oct 25, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

Dinner in Providence on a Monday night.

Try New Rivers. Good place for a date, intimate but not stuffy. Excellent food.

Oct 19, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

Cook and Brown, Providence: death by a thousand cuts

I have had similar experiences. I ordered a savory bread pudding special for dinner the last time I as there and frankly it was embarassingly dry and tasteless, especially given the price. There are things I really like about the place, but they miss just enough that I don't go there often.

Oct 11, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

Food Publications In Southern NE

I agree - the Projo especially is awful. They don't have a bad thing to say about any restaurant. I find the RI Monthly reviews decent. At the very least they don't give everyone a 4 star review.

Jul 11, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

Old-school chowhound fare in Providence

On the east side of town is a little tavern called the Ivy. Lots of regulars plus the occasional Brown student. Excellent bartender. Get a bacon cheeseburger with some onion rings.

Jul 10, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

3 Moms turned loose in Providence, RI- dinner, etc?

For a neat tour of College Hill, you might want to check out Providence Ghost tours. It starts at sunset from Prospect Park. I didn't find it very scary, but it was an interesting way to have a guided tour.

Jul 10, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

3 Moms turned loose in Providence, RI- dinner, etc?

Another option is to eat outside in DePasquale Square, on Federal Hill. It is a great cobblestone courtyard area with water fountain, lots of people, hanging flower baskets, etc. Probably the best food option is at either Constantino's or Venda Ravioli (sister restaurants owned by the same people, with Venda being less expensive but probably less menu options). I second Nick's for breakfast, and would guess if you are there by 9:30 during the summer you will beat the crowd. As for site seeing check out Prospect Park - a neat little area on College Hill with views of the entire city.

Jul 10, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England

Narragansett/Scarborough Beach RI area recommendations?

Will be spending a weeks vacation near Scarborough beach. Any recommendations for breakfast/lunch/dinner? Looking for anything from clam shacks to white table cloth.

Jul 06, 2012
Jenkins in Southern New England