Johnson and Wales has countless options for dining. Whether you have dining hall swipes, are going on a date, have a fast-food budget, or you’re hungry after midnight, Providence has got you covered. Check out the 20 most delicious things you need to eat in Providence below!
1. Apsara Palace
Apsara Palace is known for their authentic Asian food. They have amazing prices and offer lunch specials daily. If you love a variety of Asian food, this is the place for you.
2. Baja’s Tex Mex Grill
Baja’s is a Tex-Mex restaurant with so much to offer. It offers your typical Mexican take-out and even more classic favorites- perfect for the person who can never make up their mind. At Baja’s, you can order anything from a pulled pork fajita or an insane taco salad to buffalo chicken wings or a Philly Cheese Sub. Pick some up on Thayer Street!
3. Bob & Timmy’s Grilled Pizza
Bob & Timmy’s Grilled Pizza is a well-known pizza spot in Providence. They use a wood-fired grill to cook their homemade dough to perfection. Bob & Timmy’s offers a large selection of toppings for each pie and use fresh cheese and tomato sauce on every pizza. Their pizzas are liked so much that they’ve even been featured in USA Today and on Man vs. Food. It was even rated the fifth best American pie by GQ Magazine!
4. Three Sisters
While Three Sisters is known for their insane homemade ice cream, it’s also a great brunch spot. Three Sisters offers everything from savory brunch foods like omelets, burgers and sandwiches to an array of their unique ice cream flavors for anyone with a sweet tooth. Three Sisters is located on Hope Street.
5. Cook & Brown
Cook & Brown is an amazing spot for brunch. They offer a variety of different foods at reasonable prices and use fresh, local ingredients- even when they rotate their menu seasonally! Cook & Brown is located on Hope Street in Providence, RI.
6. Seven Stars Bakery
Seven Stars Bakery is the perfect hangout spot for people who enjoy grabbing a coffee and pastry. They offer a long list of incredible pastries and breads. Seven Stars is well known around Providence and has three locations within the city. With storefronts on the East and West sides of Providence, you’re bound to stop by!
Julian’s is an extremely popular brunch option in Providence. They have an incredible menu with much to offer and have great staff. They’re well-known for having many alternative options for people with food sensitivities or diet restrictions. While Julian’s is mostly known for its brunch menu, they also have a bar scene from Sunday through Thursday until midnight and until 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. They’re fairly priced and offer cocktails ranging from $7 to $10 a piece.
8. Ken’s Ramen
Ken’s Ramen is located in down city Providence on Washington Street. They serve up steaming bowls of Japanese noodles with broth and countless toppings. Ken’s Ramen offers its customers so many options to customize their ramen to perfection from soft-boiled eggs to avocado and even kimchi. Say goodbye to your typical dorm meal- packaged ramen.
*Ken’s Ramen is cash only.
9. Luxe Burger Bar
Luxe Burger Bar is the perfect spot for anyone looking for an affordable, classic meal. This burger bar caters to every customer offering a preset menu as well as the option to create your own burger or mac and cheese. They also have a gluten free menu for those with dietary intolerances. While you’re there, check out their awesome dessert menu! It might be short but it sure is sweet.
10. Milk Money
Milk Money opened in October 2015 making it a fairly new restaurant in Providence. They offer a long, sophisticated menu for customers for a fair price. They even have a brunch menu!
11. Nick’s on Broadway
Nick’s on Broadway is a restaurant in Providence that is known for their amazing brunch. They offer high quality food at affordable prices. Their menu seems never-ending! If you’re not much of a brunch person, don’t worry. Nick’s also has a fantastic dinner menu.
12. Olga’s Cup and Saucer
Olga’s Cup and Saucer is a great place for brunch in Providence. Their menu offers everything from house made breakfast sandwiches or French Toast to an array of baked goods from their Artisan bakery. Olga’s also offers options for people with specific dietary needs.
*Fun fact: Olga’s Cup and Saucer is owned by a professor at Johnson & Wales University.
13. Pasta Beach
Pasta Beach is a super modern Italian style restaurant. Their menu offers many classic Italian dishes for affordable prices. Just reading the menu will make you hungry, I promise. If you’re a big fan of Italian cuisine, definitely check out Pasta Beach.
14. East Side Pockets
Located on Thayer Street, East Side Pockets is one of the best places to go to in Providence any time you’re craving Mediterranean food. They offer incredible food in notable portions for only $6.
15. Mount Fuji
If you’re big on sushi or trying new things, you should definitely head over to Mount Fuji from 12-3 on Mondays to Fridays. For only $8, you can order miso soup, garden salad and two sushi rolls from the lunch menu. Even better- you’ll get 10% off of the bill (even during the lunch special) if you show your student ID.
PVDonuts is definitely one of the most popular food places among college students in Providence. They’re a specialty gourmet donut shop (the first in Providence!) and offer extremely unique flavors that you won’t find anywhere else. Besides their creative flavors, PVDonuts also offers vegan options on Wednesday’s and Sunday’s.
17. Tallulah’s Taqueria
Tallulah’s Taqueria is an extremely affordable joint that serves Mexican style food. They have options from tacos and burritos to bowls and even tortas. You can even order online!
18. The Malted Barley
The Malted Barley is a great spot to catch up with friends or watch the game. They offer craft beers and house made soft pretzels in a variety of unique flavors. Their low prices are just another reason to stop by! The Malted Barley is located on Westminister Street.
19. Tom’s Bao Bao
Located on Westminister Street, Tom’s Bao Bao is a fairly new addition to The Creative Capital. They handcraft dumplings with your choice of filling, then steam them before serving. With choices from chicken, beef, sweet potato and pork to fill your fresh dumplings, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
20. Veggie Fun
Veggie Fun is a new restaurant right by Gaebe Commons on the Downcity Johnson & Wales campus. They offer a variety of different dishes, all which include vegetables- of course. It is a Pan-Asian Vegan Kosher restaurant and many items on the menu can be made gluten free. If you’re interested in trying new foods and love vegetables, this is the place for you.