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Food & Drink

Plan a Culinary Excursion to Providence, Rhode Island

Your gastronome home away from home

coffee exchange!

You’ve sampled every newcomer and exhausted your go-tos. What’s a restless gourmand to do? Cross the border into Providence, a bastion of epicurean finds.

Cup of Joe
Kick off a Wickenden Street stroll with a creamy hazelnut latte at Coffee Exchange (they blend the syrup and milk before steaming). Augment with a chewy salt bagel and schmear of caper cream cheese from no-frills Bagel Gourmet (250 Brook Street, College Hill; 401-453-5560).

scialo bros bakery!Neighborhood Watch
Spend midday exploring Federal Hill and downtown. Snag an afternoon snack at AS220 Food, an art gallery/lunch counter serving seasonal, vegetarian fare (maple-roasted winter roots, sweet potato burgers). Grab supersize cannoli to go at Scialo Bros., a 96-year-old Italian bakery operating the only brick oven in town.

Room for More
Work your way through the Vietnamese-Thai-Cambodian-Chinese menu (we drool over the nime chow) at in-the-know gem Apsara Palace. Refuel with a Russian Imperial Stout at Trinity Brewhouse.

cook & brown!Fancy Pants
Appy Hour at Providence Oyster Bar nets you $1 Point Judith bivalves and littlenecks. Of-the-moment Cook & Brown reinvents the gastropub with dazzling 100-mile fare like pan-seared Rhode Island fluke. Al Forno’s wood-fired margarita pizza and skin-on mashed potatoes will make your must-eat-again list.

Nightcap
Wrap up the evening with a spicy-sweet Rothschild (rye, Campari, Cherry Heering, Cocchi, Creole bitters) at The Dorrance, a turn-of-the-century stunner.

Success never tasted so good.

Photos: Michael Melford / Courtesy of Coffee Exchange; Nicholas Millard / Courtesy of Scialo Bros. Bakery; Nicholas Millard / Courtesy of Cook & Brown

LOCATIONS
AS220 Food
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
401-831-3663
Al Forno
577 S Main St
Providence, RI 02903
401-273-9760
The Dorrance
60 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903
401-521-6000
Trinity Brewhouse
186 Fountain St
Providence, RI 02905
401-453-2337
Scialo Bros Bakery
257 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903
877-421-0986
Coffee Exchange
207 Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02903
877-263-3334
Apsara Palace Restaurant
783 Hope St
Providence, RI 02906
401-831-4722
Cook & Brown Public House
959 Hope St
Providence, RI 02906
401-273-7275
Providence Oyster Bar
283 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02903
401-272-8866
Bagel Gourmet
250 Brook St
Providence, RI 02906
401-453-5560
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