As soon as you step into the Bolt Coffee Company, you are hit by the appetizing aroma of coffee being brewed. With a funky, offbeat decor, the atmosphere at this swanky restaurant manages to be laid-back and relaxed without losing its sophistication. The barista treats coffee making as an art, giving extraordinary attention to detail and crafting expert brews that are a delight to the taste buds. They also have a modest tea selection which brim over with as much perfection as the coffees. Relish their Cafe Miel or a Chai Latte while you skim over some books, chat with the friendly barista or lay back and take in the wonderful atmosphere.
The Beehive Cafe is a beautiful little dining establishment on the fringes of Bristol's Independence Park. The menu features salads, burgers, soups, salads and pizzas. The entrees include grilled chicken, pot pies and baked dishes. The ingredients are freshly sourced from local producers or grown in their own herb garden, so guests are assured of quality products. Grab a seat at the patio or the balcony, and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area while feasting on your food.
Cafe Nuovo presents a contemporary fusion of American, Italian and French favorites under a strict ethos to never mask ingredients with too much cream, butter or sauce, where the items should speak for themselves. A couple of the innovative plates include steak tartare and the duck breast in a peach compote. It's located on the ground floor of the Citizens Bank Building and during great weather, the outdoor piazza offers excellent views of Providence River while you enjoy your drinks or meal.
This restaurant on Hope Street fuses the best of the French traditional kitchen together with local New England ingredients and techniques. The homemade Paté and Charcuterie plate is almost enough for you to leave happy, but it would be foolish to do so before the local escargot a la bourguignon arrives at the table. Meat and poultry selections rotate according to season and the fish option is always market-price fresh. Another cool feature inside the restaurant is The Wurst Kitchen. Here the chefs create their own sausages, smoked meats and hot-dogs albeit these aren't your normal-run-of-the-mill ballpark dogs. The Sauerbraten, Weisswurst, Cheddarwurst or the aged Gruyère and sun-dried tomato wurst are all presented sans bun alongside different relishes, mustard and sauce. Don't forget to check out their bistro menu from Monday to Thursday, its one of the best prix-fixe menus in the city.
Vincenzo Iemma's restaurant in the financial district is the quintessential place to go if you have tickets to a show at the nearby Providence Performing Arts Center. The tuxedo wearing waiters present classics out of the Julia Child playbook, like Beef Wellington and Dover Sole to name a few. The wine list is just as traditional, with more than 500 varietals, where you can find everything from Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to California merlot. The two dining rooms carved out of the historic cellars alongside the alcoves and cobblestone floors only add to the Old World charm. Reservations as well as a jacket are recommended.
Pot au Feu claims to be America's oldest French bistro, it was opened in 1972 and whether its claim to fame is true or not, the menu is filled with items that are exclusively from Lorraine, Grenoble, Provence, Paris and elsewhere in l'Hexagone. The menu isn't a compilation or fusion of modern, innovative and trendy dishes, it is unabashedly French. With hors d'oeuvres like escargot, lobster bisque, onion soup, the delectable Paté Maison (chicken liver mousse) or traditional Terrines, it feels as if the Left Bank is right outside the door. Of course, Pot au Feu (roast beef stew) is served with a side of warm crusty bread, creamy horseradish mustard and cornichons. Other classics include crepes, steak frites and the sometimes difficult to find, Coquilles St. Jacques.
This restaurant at the confluence of the Providence and Moshassuck Rivers is considered one of Providence's best New American eateries. Some of the items off the menu at New Rivers American Bistro include raw oysters and seafood, charcuterie, small plates, pasta as well as entrees like ratatouille, hangar steak, pork ribs or striped bass. It's located near on the river's edge, a very short walk from downtown hotels and only a few blocks to College Hill.
Mill's Tavern is a charming seafood and steakhouse resting in the city of Providence in Rhode Island, United States. This lovely restaurant exudes simple elegance with its wooden furnishings and chic ambiance. Having won many awards and accolades including four stars from Forbes, this restaurant delivers an impressive menu and high quality food. From steaks to oysters, each dish is prepared with great care by their highly experienced culinary team.
Harry's Bar & Burger is the spot to go when you're looking for craft beer and superb burgers in College Hill. All of the patties are made from certified Hereford beef and the servings come in two mini-sliders. The kitchen also has sandwiches, wings, hot dogs and their Must Fries' are exactly that. As for cold refreshment, Harry's has a smorgasbord of tasty beers, many on tap change daily and it's definitely a place to experiment because there is nary a trace of domestic options like Budweiser, Coors, etc. Another added benefit is that the shop sells its food and drink at college prices.
Located in Providence, Haven Brothers Diner is touted to be one of the oldest food truck restaurants in America. It was established in 1888 as a lunch cart by Anne Philomena Haven. Featured in TV shows and films, this historic diner has attained cult status, drawing in a crowd looking to sample some of their iconic eats. The menu stays true to form, serving classic, no-frills American diner staples like cheeseburgers, subs, hot dogs, and sides. Their Triple Murder Burger is famous and not for the faint of heart; two people could easily share this mammoth tower of burger patties, toppings, and bread.
This is the original Geoff's, opened more than 20 years ago and boasting perhaps the best sandwiches in Providence. The restaurant is known for its wisecracking help and delightful sandwiches, many of which bear the names of local political figures. This is the place to go for a quick takeaway meal, complete with help-yourself homemade pickles. This Geoff's, unlike its sister further up College Hill, also has a small parking lot, and is just one block from downtown Providence. Delivery service is available.