Chow Down Brown: Providence Restaurant Week (get on this)


Hi again Browntown! It’s strange how quickly time flies. Those 5 weeks spent eating home cooking (or, in my case, that semester spent eating every crumb of food in Paris) flash before our eyes, and before we know it, we’re back in PVD to fend for ourselves whenever mealtime rolls around.

Luckily, Providence Restaurant Week is here to rescue us from the ennui of ramen and the Ratty. This year, Travel + Leisure named Providence the #2 food city in the country (second only to my hometown, New Orleans), and over 80 restaurants are coming out in full force to drive the point home for this citywide food hurrah.

Participating restaurants are offering three-course lunches for $14.95 and three-course dinners for $29.95, plus some of them are offering 2-for-1 deals. “Restaurant Week” is a bit of a misnomer (the whole deal actually lasts a fortnight), but it ends soon – January 28 – so don’t delay! Scramble now to take advantage of it before this opportunity, like your winter break and this hilarious snow, melts away. Check out the official website for menus, a full list of participating restaurants, and more information.

Read more for some ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Craving a burger? Check out Harry’s Bar and Burger, just down on North Main, or Luxe (but beware, the deal is not valid Friday or Saturday)…
  • …but let’s be honest, the Restaurant Week deals will go furthest at the more upscale places, of which there are plenty: Bacaro and Zooma have incredible Italian food; Chez Pascal, Gracie’s, and New Rivers all offer seasonally inspired and reliably delicious meals that are loyal to local ingredients so you know it’s fresh.
  • Get your seafood fix at Hemenway’s – lobster chowder + fisherman’s platter = maritime swag.
  • And if you’re taking the “eat locally” thing to a logical extreme, Spats awaits you as always. Go catch an ironic dinner before Trivia Night starts.

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