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.
This is a unique combination of deli, cafe, and souvenir store 30 minutes south of Providence on picturesque Main Street in Wickford. Many come in to select from their fresh-cooked entrees and other deli items or their vast array of cheeses. In the back you can pick up cups of coffee, tea and delicious pastries or candies to take away or sip upstairs in the dining area. In one short stroll around this quaint place you may purchase a snack, dinner, jams, mugs, paper plates, cards and Rhode Island souvenirs.
Tucked in a small space along busy Thayer Street, this counter-service only restaurant is a staple in this neighborhood full of students and academics. The menu features all the favorites from the Middle East such as hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. Larger plates include the chicken, beef and Kafta kabob; all are served with house salad and Jedra (rice and lentils). The prices are student-friendly and its a great place for take-out.
Visitors to Pastiche Fine Desserts & Café, located off Dean Street on Federal Hill, may find it hard to choose between the numerous mouth-watering confections on display. Their pastries are created from only the freshest and finest ingredients. They offer a wide range of sweets: from tarts and tortes that recall sophisticated European venues, to classic American cakes and brownies. Patrons can sit to enjoy dessert and a cup of tea or specialty coffee at one of the café's small tables, but they fill up fast in the evening. Pastries, which vary seasonally, may be purchased whole or by the piece.
As far as the selection of craft beer goes, The Abbey manages to outdo every pub in town with its list of 92 different varieties. In addition to a massive selection of suds, the Abbey also has an amazing array of burgers, pizza and sandwiches alongside different entrees like meatloaf and pasta. Right below each menu item, there is a beer recommendation to pair your plate. A nice touch, just in case you are perplexed as what to choose when you see the beer list!
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.
Established with the intent to contribute to a better society, Blue State Coffee goes beyond the business aspect and has its heart firmly in favor of charity. The best part, customers get to be a part of it with a portion of profits getting donated. But this is no reason to underestimate their sterling coffee, which has a significant following. To go along with the coffee, is a selection of sandwiches, breads and baked treats. All of their coffee is fair-trade and sustainable.
This cozy tearoom is new to the Thayer Street shopping and restaurant area. Hanging copper pans and a pleasant decor give an intimate feel to Tealuxe. There are more than 150 kinds of tea available as well as savory sandwiches, pastries and croissants. Conveniently located right across from the Thayer Street bus and trolley stops, this is an ideal place to rest a bit or wait for public transportation after traversing this busy, college-oriented shopping area.
Find succulent, diverse Indian meals in this restaurant, just opposite the Avon Cinema. Choose to dine in the formal dining room or the glassed-in porch, which offers a nice view of the foot traffic on Thayer Street. The vegetable pakoras are a treat, and Sundays buffet brunch is very popular with the locals. It offers a full range of Indian cuisines, including Tandoori Chicken; curry, saag and vegetable dishes like Alu Gobhi (cauliflower and potatoes); and, of course, a range of kabob entrees cooked over a charcoal fire.
This is a tiny, unique restaurant just off Thayer Street on the East Side. The specialty here is crepes, both sweet and savory, along with Belgian waffles, wraps and fruit smoothies to drink. This eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The walls have paintings that give a Parisian feel to the atmosphere; in good weather you can take advantage of the tables and chairs outside. Crepe offerings include the Josephine, a crepe with chicken, cheddar, mushroom and bechamel sauce, and the Michelle with strawberries and chocolate chips.