slides: 20 Great Deals Under $20 In Downtown Providence
Monday, October 14, 2013
Downtown Providence may be home to some of the most expensive restaurants in the state, but it also houses some of the most affordable – and luckily they’re within a stones throw of each other.
Whether you’re in the mood for the vegan fare at AS220 or a carnivorous treat from Teriyaki & Korean House, the downtown area boasts a number of appetizing eateries that will satisfy your hunger (or thirst) without breaking your wallet.
From the hand-made jewelry at Noon Design Shop to hard-to-find used books at Cellar Stories, downtown Providence features some of the best independently owned stores, which will please even the most frugal shopper.
Save Room for Dessert
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a sweet treat after dinner, downtown Providence’s numerous bakeries – including City Girl Cupcake – will satisfy just about any serious sweet tooth.
Check out GoLocal’s Top 20 snags for $20 or less, and for more, check out the the neighborhood guide at downtownprovidence.com.
115 Empire Street
While you may not be able to replicate AS220 FOO(D)'s colorful atmosphere at home, you can now recreate chef Guy Michaud's flavorful dishes in your own kitchen. For $10, buy both card sets for herbivores and carnivores, containing 10 recipes each. Stock up on macaroni: the customer favorite mac and cheese recipe is included, giving you step by step directions to cook up both vegan and dairy options.
Flan y Ajo
223 Westminster Street
Tiny describes the space here, not the bold Spanish flavors. Bring your own bottle to accompany the imaginative tapas at Flan y Ajo. As the name suggests, sweet and savory standouts include hot peppers, mushrooms, meats, cheeses, olives, tomato bread, and of course, flan. Bites start at $3.
ENO Fine Wines and Spirit
225 Westminster Street
This neighborhood liquor store specializes in affordable but unique wines, boutique beers, and unusual spirits. Want to try before you buy? Visit ENO for a free tasting after work on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, and on Saturday afternoons from 3-5 PM.
229 Westminster Street
Homestyle has a trove of well-designed gifts, home furnishings, and fine art, including a whimsical selection of toys for children. Amongst the board games, stuffed animals, and clothing, you’ll discover a curated collection of books that kids will love. This Dr. Seuss classic in French is displayed in the back of the store.
61 Washington Street
Although Ellie’s Bakery has been open for less than a year, this Biltmore Garage eatery has quickly become a downtown institution, offering an irresistible selection of homemade cookies, tarts, sandwiches and baguettes. Staff will wrap a half dozen of these macaroons in a special gift package for under $20.
Prov. Coal Fired Pizza
385 Westminster Street
This kid-friendly eatery attracts a regular crowd, for good reason! Everything is made from scratch, using the finest ingredients. Try one of the Providence Coal Fired Pizza's specialties—like the Rocket, the Conrad or the Baby Bella—or add your own toppings to a tomato & mozzarella pizza.
Noon Design Shop
75 Weybosset Street
After stumbling upon Noon Design Shop, tucked away next to the Arcade on Weybosset, you'll want to tell everyone about it. Throughout the store, check out beautiful handmade jewelry, natural artisan soaps, glassware, and letterpress greeting cards printed on 100% cotton paper. Take home a set of graphic cards for less than $20.
City Girl Cupcake
99 Weybosset Street
Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply surprising friends with sweet treats, City Girl Cupcake is worth a visit. For $16, order half a dozen frosted cupcakes in delicious flavors such as Oreo Cookie, Red Velvet, Cotton Candy, or Key Lime Pie.
129 Weybosset Street
Since opening this summer, UMelt has become a go-to spot for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and salads. Made with local ingredients sourced from area farms, the creative offerings are unexpected. Try the Triple Cheese, made with Swiss, Havarti, and honey goat cheese on white bread.
Queen of Hearts
220 Westminster Street
The funky clothes displayed in the window may lure you into the store, but the fragrant soaps will make you linger. Queen of Hearts sells all-natural soaps handmade locally in Cranston. Buy the skin-softening Go-Go Organics Hemp Seed Oil Soap, the sugared grapefruit Save Water Conservation Soap, or the Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap. Prices range from $6.50 to $9.50 each.
250 Westminster Street
An overachiever, Tazza seems to do everything well, starting with brunch and ending with dinner. While it recently transformed from a casual, comfortable spot into a sleek, modern space for dining, its reputation for serving specialty coffee and espresso drinks has remained intact.
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