Quickly rising as one of New England’s greatest culinary destinations, Providence’s gustatory magic captures you instantly. With a population of about 180,000, there’s a dizzying array of restaurants, bars, and artisanal grub makers. Affordable rent, unlike, say Chicago or Nashville, also means that the turnover stays pretty low.
“Providence is home to Johnson & Wales University, one of the top culinary educators in the country,”says Martha Sheridan, President and CEO of Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Many of those graduates stay in the area, which adds to the quality of our restaurant scene. Add to that the city’s rich multicultural communities and easy access to seafood fresh from Narragansett Bay.”
Below, some of the best spots to book a meal or sip a craft beverage in Little Rhody’s capital.