I have been trying to find a way to start this post all week. It turns out that writing this is going to be one of the hardest parts about graduating and having to leave Rhode Island. There are some old favorites, that my friends and I have been going to many times over the last four years, along with so many new favorites that we discovered more recently. I hate to think I have to say goodbye to all of the delicious restaurants I have discovered over the last four years with my friends. So instead of saying goodbye, because that is too permanent, I am going to write a tribute blog for them and just say see you later.
Viva Mexico: This literally was the first restaurant in Providence that I went to and I have loved it so much for the last four years. They have amazing enchiladas and quesadillas, really everything on the menu is amazingly delicious. But better than the food, in my opinion, is the drinks. They have a drink called “Viva la Margarita” and it is a double margarita, any flavor you like, served in a Patron bottle. This restaurant just has such a fun and enjoyable atmosphere, and along with great food and drinks, my friends and I have gone back very often. This week we took our final trip there together, as undergraduate students.
Friskie Fries: It wasn’t until my junior year, when I was studying abroad in Spain, that I found out about this amazing place. In that year and a half, I have gone here many, many, many times. If you don’t know, Friskie Fries specializes in creating buckets of French fries with all sorts of different topping combinations. I have tried almost everything on the menu and they are all amazing. Saying that, however, I do have favorites: “Dirty Daug” and “Miss Potato Head”. This place is a great joint to stop at and get a snack when you are walking through downtown Providence. They even have desert French fries, if you are in the mood for something sweeter.
Tricycle Ice Cream: Now, I know what you are probably thinking… Why is she talking about an ice cream shop if she is lactose intolerant? Well, let me answer that for you: Sometimes you just NEED the dairy. Okay, now that that is all settled, I will go on about how cool this place is. This shop makes specialty ice cream sandwiches and ice cream tacos that are out of this world. My friends and I came across this marvelous place late in our final semester of school and I really wish we had found it sooner!
Knead Doughnuts: MY ALL TIME FAVORITE DONUT SHOP IN RHODE ISLAND! This might be the place I miss the most out of all of these restaurants. Their locations have such a welcoming energy and their so aesthetically pleasing that you never want to leave. The people who work there are always so kind. On top of these, their donuts are FABULOUS! They put modern twists on classic donuts, like their Sour Cream Old Fashioned (a personal favorite), Chocolate Chip Old Fashioned, or the Chocolate Coffee Cake. They put their own takes on the brioche donuts, with flavors like Maple Sea Salt (bring it back please!) and passion fruit, and even make amazing filled donuts, with a super fun Peanut Butter & Jelly filled! There is an elegant simplicity about their donuts that definitely works in their favor and makes them the best.
Rebelle Artisan Bagels: Unfortunately, I have never taken a picture of an actual bagel that I have eaten from here, but take my word for it—they’re amazing! They have so many different flavors and all bagels are made fresh each day. This place makes a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich that is out of this world. They sell coffee from one of the best coffee shops in New England here: The Nitro Bar nitro coffee, which makes me love this place even more.
Tallulah’s Taqueria: The tacos, burritos, and bowls from this place are just in a league of their own. I have had a few different types of filling here: the chicken, carnitas, and the steak. Everything is so good, I can’t choose a favorite. Normally, I am a big taco fan and will choose those over a burrito or a bowl any day. At Tallulah’s, their burritos are so amazing, I can’t help but order one almost every time.
Like No Udder: VEGAN ICE CREAM!! Everything in this ice cream shop is vegan. They have so many hard serve flavors, they’re all delicious you can’t go wrong with whatever flavor you pick. My favorite part about this ice cream shop is that they make vegan soft serve ice cream. Soft serve is the best type of ice cream (IMO) and so the fact that they have this is just amazing. PSA: they also have toasted coconut as a topping option!!! Put it on everything!!
Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches: If you ever are in need of a sandwich, but aren’t sure exactly what you want, this place DEFINITELY has it. When you walk in, the whole entire wall—from top to bottom—is the menu. They have so many different types of sandwiches, all sorts of combinations, ones you wouldn’t even think of. Each sandwich, at least the ones that I have had, are all perfect and the flavors work so well together. If I could have one of these sandwiches every day, I would.
The Black Sheep: RUM BUCKETS! That’s all. Actually though, this bar is really cool. They have food and stuff but my friends and I really only went for the rum buckets.