Have no fear of Federal Hill, penny-pinchers! Tracy Lee Karner has sleuthed out food bargains just for you! You can follow my meal-plan and eat a lot of good restaurant food for $26 for the whole day (you need to click here, to hear the mighty mouse theme song right now)!
9:00 Breakfast: Caffe Dolce Vita (faces DePasquale Square). For $2.99 on weekdays, you get two jumbo farm-fresh eggs cooked expertly to order, with home fries and a large order of Italian or whole wheat toast. Served on a classy Italian square plate in a hip Italian-vibe caffe, by friendly staff. Buon appetito!
12:00 Lunch: Cassarino’s Ristorante (177 Atwells Ave). For only $3.95 you can have a large bowl of Chicken Escarole Soup with a bread basket (with real butter!) In my opinion, there is no better chicken soup in Providence. You get large chunks of poached breast meat in a chicken-rich broth, with a hearty helping of diced carrot, celery and onion. And the fresh escarole is added to order so it stays nicely crisp/tender. Why do some restaurants think we want slimy escarole.? We do not! Here, your pleasant server will top your pretty-as-a-picture (crisp-escarole) soup with as much freshly ground pepper and parmesan as you like. Plus you get to dine in lovely atmosphere for less than street-vendor prices, and they bring you free water, with ice, in a very nice glass (at food trucks you have to buy bottled water in yucky plastic bottles!)–un vero affare! (what a deal!)
Since I’ll be snacking mid-afternoon and because I ate a filling breakfast and plan on eating a multi-course dinner, a bowl of soup with bread will be plenty for me. But heartier eaters will want to also order a house salad with Italian dressing ($3.95).
3:00 Snack: Wise Guys Deli (133 Atwells Ave). Just $2.00 will buy you a yummy pizza slice. The cheese is stretchy-gooey-delicious and the sauce is fresh-tomato-juicy. The name and decor humorously parody Federal Hill’s old gangster-notoriety. Notice the fake bullet holes on the door and enjoy being crooned to by Frank Sinatra. Mangiare (eat)!
6:30 Dinner: The Bombay Club (145 Dean Street) $13.99 gets you a multi-course, nutritious, Vegetarian Thali. You’ll enjoy Chana masala (potatoes and garbanzo beans), Matar Paneer (peas and farmer’s cheese in a tomato based sauce, spiced with garam masala) and dal Makhani (Black Lentils and Red Kidney Bean and cream). Served with mulligatawny soup, raita, poori and rice. Next, Gulab jamun (fried pastry in scented syrup) will sweeten your taste buds while you relax with a cup of after-dinner tea or coffee. Carnivores can order the meat Thali dinner for $15.99. Students with ID’s get a discount. Quasi incredibile (almost unbelievable)!
Late Night Snack: head back to Caffe Dolce Vita (DePasquale Square) where for $2.99 you can indulge in a low-fat, fruity, mixed berry or lemon sorbet and thereby make a nice little circle-story out of your day’s food journey. Reflect on where you’ve been from the place where you started. Isn’t that a perfect little wrap-up to a delicious, wholly-satisfying food day on Federal Hill?
Three meals plus two snacks–all for Just under $26.00 (not including taxes and tips)! Eccezionale! (Outstanding!)
What are your strategies (other than going hungry) for dining out all day on the cheap in a tourist hot-spot?