Seniors, you have just over a month left until Graduation Day, a momentous day indeed. With time ticking away, and many of you moving back to your home states, you may be thinking “did I accomplish everything I set out to during my time in Providence?”. When you first arrived four years ago, you may have thought moving to the smallest state in the union would be oh-so-boring, just like I did back in 2009. Hopefully at this point you have had the opportunity to travel around the great little city of providence, and experience the immense amount of culture it has to offer.
The restaurant scene in Providence is an absolute must. There are some seriously crave-able (and affordable) meals in this city, and I want to share some of my favorite college spots…
Providence Coal Fired Pizza – Westminister Street. This is truly the perfect place for a large group of friends – order a bunch of pizzas to share, and do not forget the wings. This place has the best wings I have ever had. Roasted with the perfect seasonings (don’t ask, because they won’t tell!) and topped with crispy roasted onions, these wings are something you will dream about.
Red Stripe – Wayland Square. Oh, you’ve never had a grilled cheese with poached pear, prosciutto, and basil pesto? Well then you aren’t living. Red Stripe serves up this incredible sandwich with your choice of house frites (fancy and delicious house cut french fries) or roasted tomato soup. My advice – choose the soup and order a side of frites. The frites come with a garlic aioli, a sauce that when mixed with a bit of ketchup is every bit as delicious as those crispy little fries.
Loie Fullers – Westminister Street. Let me start off with the fact that I am in love with New Orleans, and on my first trip, the only goal I had was to eat as many Beignets as one person could handle – moderation out the window. I came close to actually turning into a Beignet, until I realized that even in New Orleans you cannot get a crispy little french doughnut like you can at Loie Fullers in Providence. They dust it with a seasoned powdered sugar and serve it with a perfect seasonal fruit compote.
Harry’s Bar & Burger – North Main Street. Itchin’ for a burger? Head to Harry’s and get sliders served on toasty little potato rolls that will not disappoint. Whats more? They source local ingredients, and if your over 21, the craft beer selection is bound to make you a regular customer.
Tortilla Flats – Hope Street. If you like Mexican, Cajun (they have crawdad’s!), and southwestern flavors this is your kind of place. The prices are great, and you always get a good meal. It’s a busy, noisy atmosphere which spells fun for any group of college seniors. Again, if you’re over 21 try the coconut margarita – it is truly a tropical paradise in a glass.
This is a very select few of the restaurants I frequented in college, and still frequent today. There are oh so many more that you should check out during your last few weeks here, so take a weekend and run around providence with your friends so you don’t miss a thing. And I know most of you use “Yelp”, which I think come very much in handy when finding the right place to eat!