I'm a new arrival in the Providence area and I wanted to get some up to date recommendations (the existing threads that I can find are a little old). While I am not a food snob, I did get spoiled by my last 3 years in Chicago, with an excellent butcher down the street (Gepperth's), that had great selections of meat, sausage/wieners, home-made bacon, etc and two great, huge wine & liquor stores nearby (Sam's & Binny's), with great selections of great wines, from inexpensive up to break-the-bank for a special bottle.
I am currently living in Barrington and am having a hard time thus far finding such places in the Providence area. I have not yet tried Michael's in Pawtucket, but the other meat markets I have visited seem no better than the supermarkets. I have tried some of the previously recommended wine stores from the East Side & east of there and have found the selection limiting, the help mostly young folks without reliable opinion & a little pricey. I have tried the Campus Wine store in Providence and that seems to be an exception - good staff and a selection limited mostly by their square footage. I have tried 1776, Gasbarro's & McGreens and find them lacking in one way or another.
Since the state of Rhode Island only has about 1/3 the population of Chicago, I know that the situation is different, but I know there must be some real gems out there that I have not yet heard of or tried yet.
I appreciate all and any recommendations and apologize if I DO sound like a snob ( I think I’m too cheap to be one).