EPIC2019 Co-chair Lisa Di Carlo shares her favorite places to eat and drink around RISD and The Graduate Hotel:

Coffee (& Doughnuts)

Bolt Coffee
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St

Dave’s Coffee
341 S Main St

New Harvest Coffee & Spirits
130 Westminster St

Knead Doughnuts
32 Custom House St


Al Forno
577 South Water Street, 401-273-9760
A Providence foodie institution for nearly 40 years! Appetizer grilled pizzas are famous; clams Al Forno, baked pasta and dessert tarts are favorites. Open Tuesday–Saturday. Reservations possible for parties of 6 or more.

122 Fountain Street, inside the Dean Hotel
Excellent restaurant with indescribably delicious food and a noteworthy statement on their website about their commitment to confronting embedded racism that pervades the restaurant industry. No reservations, no phone number. Well, I never!

Red Fin + Crudo Kitchen
71 Washington Street, 401-454-1331
Cuisine inspired by the local and regional flavors of New England, Spain, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Downtown, very fresh food (and awesome local oysters) with Latin flavors, fun atmosphere. Reservations.

Den Den Café Asiana
161 Benefit Street, 401-270-5269
A casual counter serving Korean and Japanese favorites in roomy digs with some outdoor seating.

Plant City
334 South Water Street, 401-429-2029
Brand new vegan paradise. 3 restaurants, a marketplace, a bar, and more. Reservations.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen
215 Thayer Street.
Sapporo-style ramen. Beautiful, delicious food. 7 days. 401-808-6383.

Milk Money
566 South Water Street, 401-649-4667
Seasonal menus, locally sourced products. Rustic-chic. The biscuits are incredible. Reservations.

Los Andes
903 Chalkstone Blvd, 401-649-4911
Located on a quiet corner in Providence, Rhode Island, this high energy eatery was named for the mountain range that runs through South America. Cecin Curi took the best cuisine from the region and created a menu lined with a fusion of Latin flavors. Come enjoy different meccas of cuisine with dishes including Ceviche, Churrasco Anticuchero, Pescado A Lo Macho and Paella.

401 South Main, 401-751-2248
Favorite sandwich shop for carnivores. Actually the best freakin’ sandwiches in all of Rhode Island. Down the street from RISD. You can order online.

The Avery
18 Luongo Square
Speakeasy-style bar offering handcrafted cocktails & a long list of beers in a dark & cozy setting. Near Federal Hill. The lighting is dim, the drinks are strong.

The Wild Colonial Tavern
250 South Water Street, 401-621-5644
Rated one of the 50 best bars in America by Esquire Magazine, and awarded the Guinness Perfect Pint Award by Guiness.

The Hot Club
25 Bridge Street, 401-861-9007
The Hot Club has been in business for over 35 years and is considered a staple in the great city of Providence. Great drinks, delicious food and spectacular views of the Providence Skyline and The Providence River.

The Dorrance
60 Dorrance Street, 521-6000
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, The Dorrance restaurant maintains the timeless elegance of yesteryear in a gleaming, contemporary way. High ornate ceilings, a long, luxurious bar, and a well-appointed dining room are the backdrop for hand-crafted cocktails and globally-inspired, New England cuisine that commands respect. Reservations.

Trinity Brewhouse
186 Fountain Street, 401-453-2337
Trinity Brewhouse was established in late 1994 as one of the first brewpub restaurants in New England. Located in the heart of Downtown Providence, Trinity Brewhouse is within walking distance from all major venues and hotels in the city. Their beer is crafted with the finest quality ingredients from around the world and filtered Scituate Reservoir water from right here in Little Rhody. The beers, ales, porters, and stouts available at the Brewhouse are brewed on premises—ensuring a high-quality product that is always satisfying and never flat. Full dinner menu and pool tables to boot!