I will be visiting my college son in late October and am looking to try some new places - for one lunch (near Brown if possible), two brunches and two dinners ( can be anywhere in Providence). I have surfed the posts on this board and there seem to be some mixed messages about places. I do apologize for any redundancy with the post, but I am a bit confused.
I was thinking of Local 121, Hemenways, La Laiterie, Julian's or Pane E Vino. I know Gracies gets raves, my concern is a website without prices (some guidance as to the average appetizer or entree price would be wonderful), and our showing up dressed casually (but not grungy) as we don't want to offend. Also, my son will eat anything, but he is underage, so I will be the only one drinking and would like to be able a great glass of red wine or a wonderful cocktail.
In the past we have been to Capital Grille (underwhelmed, overpriced for what IMHO was ordinary), Ten Prime (great dinner), Waterplace (mediocre), Nick's on Broadway for dinner(we really enjoyed our meal and it was great meeting Derek Wagner). My son has also been taken to XO steakhouse (he preferred Ten prime). For brunch we have been to Rue D'espoir (lovely), Paragon (eh) and Downcity (we loved it) and Meeting Street (huge portions, but he goes there often so it's nice to find a change). I have a concern about Hemenway's because it is owned by Capital Grille, but it could be terrific nonetheless.
I am fearful of showing up at Nick's or Julian's for brunch because of the potential wait. If I am over-reacting, please let me know.
Thanks so much!