Amuse-Bouche: Pollo el Provocon


When it comes to food, I like what I like. On Sundays, that means I’m diving into a stack of chocolate chip pancakes at 2 p.m. at the Ratty. On a Friday night, that means heading to Jo’s in the quesadilla line. All those other times I’m hungry, though, I’m less energized. For those of us who aren’t inspired by Brown’s buffet lines, venturing away from campus and even off the Hill to grab some grub may seem like a must. After three weeks of living off salad bars and sandwiches, I found myself longing for something a bit more authentic. Specifically, Hispanic food. No, not Doritos and those glorified stuffed tortillas you find on Thayer. Rice and beans, paella, yucca, platanos, and the works. After searching “hispanic food” and “where can I get rice and beans in providence, ri” a few times, it became clear that there was only one place to go. West End.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about exploring Downtown. Walking to Providence Place, checking out WaterFire, and interacting with the strange interesting people waiting for their bus at Kennedy Plaza is always a good time. Heading to the slightly more off-the-map West End seemed a bit out there, though. Nevertheless, after a misstep on the 28 and a grueling two-mile walk, I found myself at the counter of Pollo el Provocon. Continue Reading