Dont go there for the decor or the location, but certainly go there for the food. We made a wrong turn somewhere and were hungry, very glad we did!
Located in an industrial section off of Route 10 right at the Cranston/West End Providence border, this place is a perfect example of a sucky location with amazing food.
A place known for its breakfast and lunch, they recently expanded into a dinner menu. Since they serve breakfast and lunch, the decor is that of a diner. Now I have never eaten breakfast/lunch there, so I can comment on it. But their menu for dinner is really good and innovative, defying the decor of the place.
Menu is basically gussied up comfort food, but the chef is a graduate of J&W (spoke with him afterward)and there are great twists to all the dishes.
Started off with hand breaded calamari with a jalepeno pico de gallo dipping sauce. Different than the usual marinara that comes with calamari, it was excellent.
Dinner for me was chicken parm. Breaded with panko crumbs and served with shaved parmesan cheese and homemade tomato sauce, it was fantastic. Instead of bland pasta, it was served with sage infused wild rice and fresh broccoli.
My wife had a rib-eye with a blue cheese compound butter and thinly fried onions. Did not taste it, but it looked great and she affirmed that. It was the most expensive menu item too, at 15.95!
Service was attentive and the chef came out a few times to see how everything was. This place is a true chowhound find.
Bilkens Cafe and Grill
195 Niantic Avenue,
Providence, RI 02907