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Providence romantic dinner

While we love Mill's Tavern and Gracie's (many others as well), the absolute most romantic restaurant in Providence is Chez Pascal. You won't be disappointed.

Jun 29, 2012
sophiecat in Southern New England

Are jonny cakes only legend?

If you really want to know about jonny cakes, prepare for a road trip and go to the best source...Carpenter's Grist Mill in Perryville, RI, close to South Kingstown. My fiance and I had experienced jonny cakes out a few times; no encounter was that exciting of an experience. We came across the sweet couple of Carpenter's at the Saunderstown Farmer's Market one Saturday morning back in the summer of 2008. The Carpenter's folks were there griddling and selling their jonny cakes for a buck a piece. Oh, what sheer bliss was that first bite of a true, authentic jonny cake! We left with a bag of their jonny cake mix and became huge fans of Carpenters and the jonny cake. There is a west bay version of the jonny cake, resembling a corn pancake, and an east bay version, which is closer to that of a corn crepe. We prefer the west bay cousin.

If you visit the Carpenter's grist mill, they will be more than happy to tell you all about the history of the white flint corn grown in RI as well as the labor and unique methods utilized to grind this fabulous corn, which makes the delectable jonny cake.

We did also visit Gray's grist mill in Adamsville. The gentleman that runs this one is also extremely pleasant and sociable and provided more history and humor to the mix. We also purchased a bag of his jonny cake mix. (For the record, we did the same with Kenyon's.) However, there is no comparison to Carpenter's. They have the only product worthy of the jonny cake.

Aug 13, 2009
sophiecat in All New England Archive

Providence: Mamie Ellen's Southern Vittles?

Does anyone know if this place is still around? And, if so, is it still good. I'm from Georgia and I miss my southern food from time to time. It's hard to find up here! Any other good suggestions?

Aug 13, 2009
sophiecat in All New England Archive

RI to Maine cheap eats

My fiance and I live in Providence and vacationed in Acadia back in June. Of course, we had lots of great seafood up there, but one place that really stood out to us was some mexican food that we had in Sullivan (just north of Ellsworth on Hwy 1). The place is called "The Mexican Restaurant" and was authentic and terrific. We went once for breakfast, once for lunch, and once for dinner. :) We enjoyed all three meals. The family that runs the place was so friendly and they truly desired to make sure that we were content and satisfied.

Interestingly, another one of our favorite meals turned out to be Mexican, again authentic. The place is called The XYZ Restaurant. It is on Mt. Desert Island in Manset, just a bit south of Southwest Harbor. The place is only open in the evenings, Tuesdays-Saturdays, I believe. Again, absolutely amazing food and some of the best margaritas I can recall savoring. :)

Also, make certain to stop by the Jordan Pond House in Acadia for their famous popovers. This was another culinary highlight of our trip. We actually went twice. Initially, we stopped in for popovers and tea. They serve their heavenly popovers with some of the best strawberry preserves I've ever had. We brought a jar back home with us. We were so impressed with the popovers that we made certain to go back a second time for a late lunch/early dinner. Their lobster bisque complimented the popovers perfectly.

We love pizza too and had our share during the trip. The best we had was at Finelli's in Ellsworth. Quite yummy!

Sorry that I don't have any recommendations for the drive up. We were quite excited to get there, so we didn't really stop that much. Our favorite bakery in Portland had already closed for the day when we passed through. Enjoy your trip!

Aug 13, 2009
sophiecat in All New England Archive

Rec's for Waterfire restaurant

Actually, the Chow Fun Food Group recently closed Citron and replaced it with Luxe Burger Bar. As far as downtown Providence, I would recommend New Rivers and Gracie's. Gracie's is a bit pricey, but really worth it. New Rivers is closer to the river, but neither are right on it. You might want to check on reservations. I know it's nearly impossible to get reservations for any of the restaurants on a WaterFire night.

Local121 and Bacaro are also quite enjoyable and downtown. I would check out their menus and see if any sound appealing to you. Most of the nicer restaurants in Providence have vegetarian options.

One last mention would be Cafe Nuovo. We haven't had a chance to go yet, but I've heard rave reviews of the place and it is right over the river.

Enjoy!

Aug 13, 2009
sophiecat in All New England Archive

Top 5 Best restaurants in Rhode Island, Not fancy

There really are so many good and unique places in Rhode Island. I've been here for almost 2 years now and I'm still trying my way around. What fun! While Chez Pascal, La Laterie, and Al Forno will probably always be at the top of our list, my fiance and I have come to adore Nick's on Broadway and would call them our absolute favorite. I'm surprised to not see it mentioned here. The food is incredible; plus, we prefer and even request sitting at the counter, so we can watch the guys do their magic.

Being from Georgia, I do miss good old southern style food. It's hard to find around here. The closest I've found is at LJ's BBQ. Spending 8 years in Chapel Hill at UNC, I'm more partial to the vinegar based pulled pork, but Bernie and Linda do a good job with their own at LJ's. Plus, their fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese bring back reminders of my grandma's cooking. My fiance really enjoys their burgers. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on their menu.

As far as just fun, totally inexpensive places...I could be here all day! There are so many and I know I'll forget one or more of my favorites. While I'm not a huge fan of Thayer Street in general, I find myself craving a falafel at East Side Pockets, just fantastic food all around there. A couple doors down, you can find some of the best tacos in all of Rhode Island at Bagel Gourmet. Yes! While my fiance swears he is in heaven with one of their salt bagels, I find their mexican food simply smashing. Yummy guacamole!

Lots of great Asian food in this area. My two favorites are Angkor on Wickendon and Thai Star on Chalkstone. Both places are BYOB and entirely unpretentious.

Last, but not least, PIZZA! We love the stuff and prefer a New York style crust. Top nod goes to Nice Slice on Thayer.

Enough rambling for now! Let me know what I left out. :)

Aug 13, 2009
sophiecat in All New England Archive