Rhode Island is a tiny state. . . but with big eats! The truth of the matter is there are no shortage of restaurants in Little Rhody. In fact, Providence is well-known nationally for its dining and restaurant scene– there are the hipster joints in the West End, our version of a “Little Italy” in Providence’s Federal Hill area, late-night eateries catering to the student crowd on Thayer Street, and an array of celebrated ethnic eateries scattered throughout the city– plus plenty more! With so many restaurants, cafes, and the like, there exists a huge list of things I have yet to eat in Rhode Island but really want to! I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of the more local dishes and eats that I am just dying to experience!
1) Gluten-Free, Vegan Personal Pizza at Nice Slice: Nice Slice, located on the funky Thayer Street, which is Brown University’s “main drag,” is obviously a pizza shop that has perfected the art of thin crust, New York-style pizza in Rhode Island. Better yet, they have perfected the art of vegan, New York style-pizza sold by the slice! With innovative vegan varieties, like their Phoni Roni and Vegan Barbeque Chicken, Nice Slice is one of the few pizza places I know of locally (OK, the only one I know of!), that specifically caters to a vegan crowd, while still offering a more traditional menu. I have actually tried their vegan slices and they are amazing– they taste just like non-vegan pizza! I think they use Daiya cheese, which is my favorite non-dairy cheese.
However, I didn’t realize they also do a gluten-free crust in a personal pizza size! It is made of rice flour, tapioca flour, and other clean ingredients, and it too is vegan! I just found this out, and I cannot wait until my next pizza craving hits, because I certainly am getting a gooey, Daiya-laden, vegan and gluten-free pizza from Nice Slice!
2. 3 Bean Vegan Chili and Cornbread from Wildflour Vegan Bakery and Juice Bar: I have been to Wildflour before with my husband to try out some of their incredible vegan and even some gluten-free desserts! My favorites are their raw, vegan and gluten-free “cheesecake,” as well as their raw macaroons. What impresses me the most about this all-vegan bakery is the variety of items offered– there are so many goodies to try, ranging from house-made granolas to banana breads to kale chips and even vegan pizza!
I also adore the fact that, at least in my experience, they hardly “run out” of the good stuff. The two or three times I have been there, it has been around 8 or 9 at night, and they had just as many treats for sale as if they had just opened up in the morning. I detest when bakeries sell out of all the good stuff early in the day!
Anyway, I have sadly been unable to enjoy something else Wildflour serves up– lunch! I only know this through their Facebook page, but it seems they’ve been featuring this 3 Bean Vegan Chili and Cornbread lately that makes my mouth water. It’s sad that I never get out for lunch very often, but the next time I do, you will find me at Wildflour.
**Edited to add: I also want to try their famous raw lasagna, which supposedly is such a hot item, you can call in advance for them to set it aside for you!
3) Noodle Soup at Noodles 102: My husband, lucky man that he is, has already had the pleasure of dining at Noodles 102 in Providence without me. A small, cozy restaurant (according to the husband), Noodles 102 serves up customized noodle bowls of all kinds, including many vegetarian options. According to their website, they even offer noodles made of black rice! Basically, you pick the broth or sauce, veggies (or meat), and noodles you crave, and they put it all together in a scrumptious, steaming bowl of noodle-ly delights! Squirted with sriracha, I can’t think of a more comforting winter meal and I seriously want to go there tonight to warm up from all of the (not-so bad) cold and (already melted) snow we’ve had! Clearly, I am using (this fairly mild) winter as an excuse to finally get myself to Noodles 102!
I also noticed they offer nime chow, edamame and an interesting clay pot baked rice dish that all appeal to me! I am not joking about possibly going there tonight. . .
Are there any local foodie finds that you are jonesing to try where you live? Do tell!