Last week my husband, his mother and I finally made it to a restaurant that has been on our list to try for almost a year now - Persimmon in Bristol, RI.
The room is cozy, with neutral walls and natural decorative touches throughout. The service was competent and professional, but also very warm and friendly. The chef's wife manages the front room and clearly cares whether their guests are enjoying themselves. I don't use the term "guest" haphazardly; we truly felt like guests rather than patrons or just tickets to be processed in the kitchen then on a credit card machine.
The chef is formerly of Gracie's in Providence. His spring menu, which changes every few days, is a reflection of the seasonal baby vegetables and tender mushrooms currently available. The appetizers (beet salad, mushroom soup (divine) and risotto (excellent)) and entrees (lamb, steak and duck (which my husband declared to be transcendent)) were all wonderful. They all nicely bridged the seasons on a cold night where our bodies and hearts were all looking for comfort food but our brains and palates wanted acknowledgement that spring had sprung.
Easy parking in a cute neighborhood for window shopping.