Ever wonder what there is to do once you step off Brown’s campus? Curious about what Providence has to offer? On the Brown Low will be your faithful guide! Be sure to check in every week with us, Lily Hartmann and Brianna Lambert, to find out about the best spots around Providence and Rhode Island!
Ahh Fall Weekend. It’s only one day longer than a normal weekend, but to a college student it feels like a two week vacation. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people at Brown take Fall Weekend as an opportunity to relax, get off the hill, and explore Providence. Because we had so much more time this weekend, we went to not one, not two, but four different places this weekend! Let’s take a moment to appreciate that number because it probably won’t ever happen again (we’ll try, but we aren’t making any promises). Without further ado, here’s our super-sized post!
Hope Street Farmers Market
Our first stop was Hope Street Farmers Market on Saturday morning. It was a perfect day to go to a farmers’ market: cold and continuously raining. We made a commitment though, and we saw it through. The market was about a 10 minute ride on route 1 of the RIPTA to Lippitt Park. Despite the sucky weather, the market was still pretty busy. People of all ages strolled through puddles and mud, visiting the dozen or so tents that housed different farms and bakeries. There was a wide variety of beautiful looking vegetables and fruits. It made both of us wish we had a real kitchen so we could cook all of the food there. Even though there some things we couldn’t get due to logistical constraints, we still made out with a pretty decent haul (pictured above). Lily got a really good savory bread and apples. Brianna got apples, apple cider, and macarons (which were super delicious).
Right after the market, we walked a block down to Three Sisters, a cafe type shop known for its unconventional ice cream flavors. It’s a cozy little place with handwritten menu signs and a friendly staff. We both decided to get an ice cream flavor we wouldn’t normally get. Lily got pumpkin pie (because Fall) and Brianna got Kulfi, which was an almond ice cream with cinnamon, cardamom, and pistachios. All of the reviews were right because the ice cream was to die for! The flavors, while a little out there, worked really well and made for a great experience.
The highlight of our Saturday was truly our trip to Texas Roadhouse. A group of our friends went because we were celebrating a birthday in the group. Texas Roadhouse is actually in Cranston, Rhode Island, so we rented zipcars and drove there. Texas Roadhouse really knows how to class up the restaurant game, with the floors being covered in peanut shells and all. The menu is really extensive and accommodating to many dietary restrictions. Brianna’s a vegetarian and she had the overwhelming decision of choosing between cheese fries and a house salad! Plus the judging look she got from the waitress when she ordered a whole appetizer for herself as a meal just made the evening great.
Ok if you couldn’t tell that entire description was dripping with sarcasm. We weren’t expecting anything amazing or horrible from Texas Roadhouse. We got just that: decent food and a decent atmosphere. What made it a great experience was spending time with friends away from the craziness of academics.
Our weekend of culinary exploration ended with another birthday dinner on Monday night at Rick’s Roadhouse. We were looking for a place that could fit a large group, and satisfy our cravings for good barbecue (sorry Texas Roadhouse). Rick’s had been voted the best BBQ in Rhode Island, and is located just down the hill in the Jewelry District of Providence, kind of near the Brown Medical School. It was about a 20 minutes walk from the main green, nothing bad when you’re with a group of friends. Once you step inside, Rick’s feels like a restaurant straight out of Texas, and with lots of TVs it’d be a great place to watch a game (if you’re into that). We ordered everything from brisket, to burgers with chicken fried bacon, to mac and cheese, to lettuce wraps, to ribs, and fajitas. The mac and cheese was really good, and it left us wanting more. After clearing our plates, we left satisfied and with full stomachs. Although it was not the best barbecue I’ve ever had, it did the trick and we a great time celebrating our friend’s birthday.
We learned this weekend that finding great barbecue in New England, or more specifically Providence, is tricky, but we enjoyed trying new places and spending time with friends along the way. And as we ventured down Hope Street and into the Jewelry District, it was cool to see all there is to do and eat right in Providence. If you made it all the way through this post without reaching for the refrigerator, thanks for reading and we’ll see you next for another edition of On the Brown Low!
Your well-rested and well-fed bloggers,
Brianna and Lily
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