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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat Your Way Through Providence


2. Where to Eat

La Laiterie at Farmstead is popular for its global selection of cheeses and small plates.  

Try a well-curated tasting of international cheeses at La Laiterie at Farmstead, which could include Divine Providence (a Goudalike, cow's-milk cheese), aged in the restaurant’s very own cave (a selection of five for $18). Heartier offerings, like the macaroni and cheese made with Gruyère and brie ($10), round out the menu. Be sure to reserve in advance, as lines often stretch out the door on weekends.

Avoid the chain-restaurant feel of Providence’s other raw bars at Ama’s (3 Luongo Square; 401-421-1100), an intimate space with low lighting that boasts a constantly changing selection of locally harvested oysters. If they're in stock, order the briney Moonstones ($2 each), delivered daily to the restaurant straight from Narragansett Bay, before moving on to a selection of Japanese-inspired small plates like sautéed shiitake mushrooms ($4) and fried tofu pouches ($4).

Don't miss the housemade charcuterie selection ($7 each, three selections for $19) at New Rivers, a seasonal American bistro that put Providence on the culinary map when it opened back in 1990. The current locavore-friendly menu—created by Chef Beau Vestal, who's worked there for more than eleven years—has a focus on offal and smoked and cured meats; try the duck ham, served with a brown-sugar glaze, and the air-dried saucisson sec, sliced thin and served with a drizzle of olive oil.

Published on Feb 24, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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