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Red curry, green curry, mango curry?at Pakarang Restaurant, who's celebrating their 20th anniversary this year? the kitchen crafts nine different fragrant curries in varying levels of heat, in which chicken, beef, or seafood simmer. Specialty dishes include the bangkok beef and crispy duck. All the cuisine is artfully made, matching the casual yet modern, underwater-themed decor that includes dark-stained wood floors and mottled walls.
303 S Main St
Providence,
RI
US
The Celtic Lounge's kitchen wunderkinds channel Irish culinary traditions to conjure a menu of authentic pub grub. Twosomes and quartets can oil rusty jaw hinges with an appetizer of fried pickle chips, which armor crisp dill pickle slices in a batter to protect their tender innards during particularly nasty food fights. Ingredient gurus coat the "Ye Olde Style" fish 'n' chips in a light beer batter, and they top beef tenderloin, potatoes, carrots, vidalia onions, sweet peas, and robust beef demi-glace with a flaky puff-pastry pie shell to forge the house-specialty Guinness pot pie. Frothy-headed pints of Guinness, or another equal-value brew of choice, stand in the restaurant's wings, primed to soothe parched palates or extinguish friction fires caused by overly explosive Irish jigging.
397 Westminster St
Providence,
RI
US
Cassarino’s Ristorante blends Northern Italian flavors with new-world cuisine, using fresh ingredients to prepare lunch and dinner dishes. For daytime consumption, diners can snack on a portobella demi-burger, which piles a mushroom demi-glace and Gorgonzola cheese on a grilled black Angus beef patty ($8.95). For later meals, patrons can stoke their appetites’ furnaces with baked herbed goat cheese atop San Marzano tomato-roasted garlic spread ($9.95). Experience a side of double-blended pork, veal, and beef meatballs in marinara sauce ($5.95). Then introduce yourself to a house specialty, such as the Francaise—an egg-battered, pan-fried cut of chicken ($14.95) or veal ($16.95), served with lemon butter sauce and capers—or the prosciutto- and mozzarella-stuffed pork chop, a boneless mouth treat that features tomato basil cream sauce, pine nuts, and garlic smashed potatoes ($16.95).
177 Atwells Ave
Providence,
RI
US
The creative culinarians at Aspire dish out a delightful variety of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner fare. Guests can start their day on a savory slipper with a plate of classic eggs benedict and home fries ($14), or they can opt for a sweeter climb back to consciousness by sending their fork to scale a stack of cinnamon-brioche french toast ($10) as they slurp a cup of coffee ($3). The lunch menu sports soups (cups starting at $3 and bowls starting at $6), fresh salads ($6–$7), and inventive sandwiches ($6–$10, $2 extra for unlimited toppings), paving the way to the dinner list, which swaps out sandwiches for a selection of mussels, clams, and oysters ($1.50–$12), small plates ($10–$17), and large plates ($21–$34, with a lobster feast at market price). Treat your table to an order of Korean barbecue pork eggrolls to share ($10) or a bowl of New Bedford–style mussels, swimming in perfect synchronization with chorizo, kalamata olives, and sweet peppers ($12). Grilled swordfish ($21) is one of Aspire's headlining hunger tamers, served with a summertime blend of orzo, couscous, quinoa, and split peas and topped with spicy green-papaya salad.
311 Westminster St
Providence,
RI
US
The small College Hill takeout restaurant is an offshoot of Haruki East, a popular Japanese eatery in Providence. Haruki Express, a 2008 Best of Rhode Island Editors' Pick in Rhode Island Monthly, serves fresh made-to-order meals that are an alternative to the fast food of yesteryear. Scanning the extensive menu, maki lovers can choose the fresh spicy tekka ($5.50) or the cooked salmon skin ($3.95), and meat-eating tax attorneys can try out the beef gyu don ($5.95), thinly sliced beef and onion sautéed with soy sauce and served over rice. This deal is not good for delivery, but it can be used to taunt illusionist David Blaine with delicious sushi via remote-controlled helicopter as he dangles hungrily in a Plexiglas cube.
112 Waterman St
Providence,
RI
US
Providence Pizza Company's dough czars concoct specialty and traditional pizzas, in addition to an array of sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and salads. Snag a bubbling slice of Bianca, a cheesy mix of ricotta, feta, mozzarella, and fresh garlic, or the Dorito pizza, a ranch-sauce-slathered pie topped with tomato, hot peppers, onions, olives, and Doritos. All specialty pizzas are available in 12-inch or 18-inch rounds ($9.99, $16.99), and pizza DIYers can amalgamate up to three of Providence's 20 toppings atop either size of dough disk (12" $7.50, 18" 12.75; additional toppings $1 each).
6 Bridge Street
Providence,
RI
US

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