Good Eats in Providence

When you are in the Downcity section of Providence and are looking for a good place to eat, here are two restaurants that offer variety and an excellent dining experience.

Bravo Brasserie

123 Empire Street

Located right across the street from the Trinity Repertory Theater this restaurant couldn’t have a better location. Make sure that if there is anything showing at the Trinity that you have reservations. It is a very typical Brasserie, very club like with lots of wood, wine bottles as the decor and white tiles on the walls. Service is very attentive but never hovering.

While you are waiting for your dinner to be served you will feast on a warm baguette served in a paper bag as if it had just arrived from the bakery. One of our favorite appetizers to share is a plate of French Cheese, artisan bread and fruit served with maple walnut butter. It comes with four small pieces of cheese all different and very pungent, 4 dates, a sliced strawberry and two pieces of bread.

Mussels are served here two different ways, the Dijon and saffron with the frites is amazing. You can also get them with a tomato sauce, chorizo and charred onions. What would a brasserie be without a Croque Monsieur, which by the way is huge?

The menu is extensive and offers lots of choices, some with that brasserie touch and others that are all American. They are open for lunch and dinner and on Saturday and Sunday for brunch. The brunch is fantastic and is where we eat breakfast every time we are in Providence. The thick cut French toast with caramelized bananas is out of this world.

McCormick and Schmick

11 Dorrance Street

For a chain restaurant McCormick and Schmick which is located in the Biltmore Hotel is an amazing place to eat. They serve the absolute freshest seafood anywhere which is why their menu changes twice daily. They serve what is the best and the freshest. It might be that Maine lobster is the best today, or oysters. Their seafood is shipped in from all over the world and prepared in creative ways.

Beyond the seafood there are steaks and filet. You can have a cup or a bowl of New England Clam Chowder, Maryland Crab bisque or French Onion soup with melted gruyere cheese on top. Their shrimp cocktail is made with enormous shrimp and spicy cocktail sauce served in a martini style glass. You can’t miss with a Caprese (fresh mozzarella and tomato) or Caesar salad. Appetizers include such standards as fried calamari and the most amazing coconut fried shrimp with a horseradish marmalade sauce for dipping. The bar here is very popular and is a lively and hopping place especially on the weekends. They serve lunch and dinner and breakfast for the hotel guests at the Biltmore.

There are quite a few restaurants in the Downcity section of Providence. These are two of my personal favorites and if you try them I am sure that you will agree that they are two of the best.