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Providence Ranks #3 Mid-Sized City for Foodies in US

Wednesday, November 04, 2015



The food trophy mantle in Providence just got an another big win. The website Gogobot has broken down cities sized 101 to 300 based on population for their great food. They looked at the following factors:

        Diversity – The more diverse the population of a city is the more diverse, and authentic, its food is likely to be.
        Farmer’s markets – Great food needs great ingredients. If a city has thriving farmer’s markets then its chefs can create fresh and flavorful dishes.
        Restaurants – Quality may be more important than quantity, but the more restaurants a city has the more variety it offers.
        Food trucks – These eateries on wheels are fun, adventurous, and often at the cutting edge of new flavors so cities with more of these trucks get more points.
        Fast food places – GogoBot is looking for unique eating opportunities so we subtracted points from the cities that had the most fast food places.

(Bonus) Gogobot user ranking – Because their users have impeccable taste we gave bonus points to the cities that received high user rankings. Top points went to cities with a rating higher than 4.5 while those with a rating between 4.0 and 4.49 received half of the bonus.
    .    Cambridge
    .    San Mateo
    .    Providence
    .    Berkeley
    .    Sunnyvale
    .    Pasadena
    .    Ann Arbor
    .    Charleston
    .    Costa Mesa
    .    Ventura


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Rocket Fine Street Food


Specializing in American comfort food with finesse and high quality, often locally sourced ingredients ingredients, Rocket offers delicious items such as Mom’s Baked Mac ‘n Cheese and the Ron Swanson burger, all made from scratch. Vegan, Vegetarian, or gluten free? Not a problem; Rocket has you covered.

Where to find them: East Side/Thayer Street, Kennedy Plaza, several farmers’ markets (Ship St., Armory, Downtown). Visits Brown University, RISD and Johnson and Wales.

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Mijo's Tacos


LA-style Mexican street food without leaving Providence—Mijos has it all. Try their tacos, tostadas, burritos and more, all at great prices on the go.

Where to find them: Brown Medical School, College Hill, Pawtucket Farmers Market, Armory Farmers Market, Kennedy Plaza, and more

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Mama Kim's


Mama Kim’s brings tasty Korean BBQ flavor to College Hill, its usual cooking grounds. The food is cheap, delicious, and locally supplied from fresh ingredients. Get everything you never knew you loved, from wraps, rice sets, sliders, and daily specials. You can even request a dish to the chef.

Where to find them: Llower Thayer Street, near Brown University’s SciLi

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Hewtin's Dogs


Sausages and beer! “French-influenced, New England grown”, Hewtin’s brings gourmet hot dogs and sandwiches to the street. Order your favorite dog and lay on as many delicious toppings as you can fit!

Where to find them:
Tuesday: Downtown at Grant’s Block, 11:30am-2pm

Thursday & Friday: North Main Street, Smith Street, Roger Williams National Memorial Park, 11:30am-2pm

Friday: North Main Street, Smith Street, Roger Williams National Memorial Park, 11:30am-2pm

Saturday: Chez Pascal for Farmers’ Market, Lippitt Park, 10am-1pm

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Like No Udder


Are you vegan, or have a vegan friend that’s been craving ice cream? No more missing the delicious, creamy dessert—Like No Udder brings you one-of-a-kind, vegan ice cream right on the streets of Providence. Try a cone of soft-serve vanilla or chocolate with your favourite toppings! Not in the mood for ice cream? Try a vegan slushie, candy bar, or float.

Where to find them
: Thayer Street, East Side, Downtown

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Fancheezical is B.Y.O.G.C: Build Your Own Grilled Cheese. Choose from any cheese, toppings, and bread your heart desires. There are even gluten-free and vegan options.

Where to find
 them: Thayer Street, The Avery on the West Side, Kennedy Plaza, Grant’s Block
Visit Brown, RISD and JWU, sometimes PC

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Eddie's BBQ

South County

“Get your BBQ on…like Donkey Kong!”, says Eddie’s BBQ truck. 
Get good, ole fashioned southern style BBQ dishes, or try something new like BBQ fish, tofu, shrimp, or eggplant.

Where to find them: South Kingstown and Narragansett (does not visit colleges

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Poco Loco Tacos


You can see this bright yellow truck from a mile away. Offers a delicious selection of tacos and burritos, or get creative and build your own.

Where to find them:
Tuesday: Grant’s Block 11am-2pm

Wednesday: Knight St 8pm-12am
Thursday: Promenade St at the Providence Blood Drive Center 11am-2pm
Friday & Saturday: Scurvy Dog on Westminster 11pm-2am

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Text 401-281-9866, call 401-461-2640

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Plouf Plouf Gastronomie

Providence, Newport, Pawtucket

Don’t sacrifice quality for ease—Plouf Plouf Gastronomie offers organic, homemade French cuisine. Try their fish, steak, or if you’re feeling adventurous...the snails. The ever-changing menu is sure to have something new that fits your craving whenever you see it drive by.

Where to find them: 
Visits to Providence, Fall River, Newport and Pawtucket

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PVD Pudding Pops


Homemade, refreshing pudding pops--what could be better? Choose from chocolate, RI Coffee Milk, Berries ‘N Cream and more. The pops are all homemade using local herbs, fruits, and Rhody Fresh milk and cream.

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Roxy’s Lobster


Promising to “bring the beach to you,” this truck offers Rhode Island fish favorites, including Lobster rolls (served hot or cold), clam cakes, whole belly clams, coconut shrimp, and more.  This truck will give you a taste of summer all year long. 

Where to find them: Narragansett Beach, Providence

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Cupcakes taste better when served out of a 1950s IH Metro Van. Sugarush offers season options like margarita lime, s’mores, egg nog, and lemon with lavender frosting. All cupcakes are vegan, so everyone can enjoy.

Where to find them: Hope St, Lippet Park; Visits RISD and Brown for many events

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Championship Melt


Championship Melt serves grilled cheeses ranging from classic to crazy, in a hard to miss yellow truck. They offer Vegan, Gluten Free, and Lactose intolerant options. Look out for specials like their Chicken Parm Grilled Cheese.      

Where to find them: Thayer Street, Broadway Street, Dexter Field, Harris Ave

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