My wife and I are headed to Providence over Labor Day weekend with our baby, who will be turning 9 months old while we're in town. We're looking for some good restaurant recommendations, for both dinner and breakfast, where we won't feel uncomfortable carting in our giant stroller. That means breathing room and a staff and clientele who are used to such things. As far as dinner is concerned, baby's bedtime is a very strict 8:30, so we also need places where we can eat on the early side.
I only have two must-dos: seafood and Italian in Federal Hill. Other than that, anything works, as long as it's great, but bonus points for things Rhode Island does better than others. We also love using restaurants as an excuse to see interesting neighborhoods. We're staying downtown, but we'd love to visit some areas a bit off the beaten track, even out of the city, provided it's not a super long drive. (I've heard that many Rhode Islanders, being residents of the smallest state, consider fairly short distances to be "a super long drive," so I should clarify that I'm willing to travel up to 15 miles or so for good food. But I don't really want to travel just for good food -- if I have to hit the road, it should be good food in a worthwhile place.)
Can anyone help? I've heard Providence is a great restaurant town, so I'm looking forward to eating on this trip.