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Providence - Place to impress outsiders...


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Providence - Place to impress outsiders...

Garris | Dec 27, 2005 11:02 PM

Ok, everyone... Here's one I need help with:

I was asked the following question today by a coworker:

"I need to take someone out to dinner from Boston who refuses to believe that Providence is a good 'restaurant town' and nothing here can be nearly as good as Boston."

Now, I've been posting here for a while. You all know Providence is a good restaurant town, I know it. We all know all the big, good names.

But I've never taken someone from out of town here to impress them about Providence, per se... Which places have you taken folks from out of town that they've said, "wow, this is great to have here" I'd ideally want to recommend a place that gives them the Providence city flavor as well.

So, here's my preliminary suggestion list:

- Mill's Tavern
- Cafe Nuovo
- Neath's
- Gatehouse
- Gracie's

- XO
- Ten Steak and Sushi (Nice, slick atmosphere at these two)
- Downcity
- Red Stripe
- 3 Steeple

None of our Asian is worth recommending, and I don't think our Italian (despite volume) is distinctive enough.

I was going to recommend, since this person's friend apparently tends to go for slicker, American Bistro type places, XO, 10 S&S, or stay in Wayland Sq (near where he lives) and walk to Red Stripe followed by drinks at Starbucks across the street.

Ideas? Where have you taken out of towners where they've been impressed?

- Garris
Providence, RI

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