There’s no better way to spend a morning in the Renaissance City than with pancakes, eggs and a mimosa or two. Providence is filled with fantastic brunch spots, where you can celebrate the weekend or simply make a weekday a little sunnier. But when there are too many choices, a brunchgoer can get overwhelmed. Where should you go? Have no fear – with this list, you’ll be able to find the best brunch in Providence in no time. Each of these Providence brunch spots are stylish, unique and filled with breakfast foods. Many of them are even AAA Diamond Rated.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
Described as a “snuggery,” The Duck and Bunny is the most aggressively adorable restaurant in Providence, with cozy, spotless decor that can only be described as dollhouse chic. Its dining room is filled with poufs and white upholstered chairs. You can also dine on the patio, which is lush with greenery and as fancifully decorated as the rest of the restaurant. Brunch at The Duck and Bunny is every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make sure you try the creperrito, a Tex-Mex twist on crepes, and the Portuguese sweetbread pudding. Don’t leave without one of the snuggery cupcakes. As for beverages, try the colorful Lava Lambp (Magners, Guinness, Lindeman’s lambic framboise) and the bubbly Mary (a bloody mary with a kick of Champagne).
Nick’s on Broadway is one of the first brunch recommendations that anyone in Providence will give you – and for good reason, too! The seasonally inspired, locally sourced ingredients make each dish special. Nick’s on Broadway has an open kitchen concept, allowing the diners to really see everything that goes on behind the scenes. This transparency follows into the menu, which usually includes the places that specific ingredients were sourced from. Brunch is served Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. While you’re there, try the brioche French toast, the eggs Benedict or the buttermilk hotcakes.
The aptly named Rogue Island Local Kitchen and Bar is a farm-to-table, tavern-style restaurant in Providence’s recently revitalized Arcade. Rogue Island runs a scratch kitchen, which means that everything in the restaurant is made in-house, and to order. While this might mean that you’ll be waiting a bit longer than usual for your meal, the unbelievably fresh food is well worth it. Some of the best dishes to try during brunch are the huevos rancheros, bourbon BBQ pulled pork, roasted cauliflower melt and fried chicken and biscuits. With a purchase of an entree or sandwich board, you can get Rogue Island’s liquid lunch – basically, bottomless bloody marys and/or mimosas.
You won’t find a more unique brunch in Providence than the one at Ogie’s Trailer Park, served Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Ogie’s Trailer Park is a weirdly wonderful indoor/outdoor dining establishment, decorated to look like a circle of 1950s-style aluminum trailers. Order your meal at the window of one of the trailers and chow down. The food is as colorful and creative as the decor, with Dorito fried chicken with biscuits and gravy gracing the top of their brunch menu. You could try that, or the eggs Ogie (poached eggs with barbecue pulled pork and hollandaise sauce), and Baby Twinkie’s vegan French toast. If you’re still partying, order some bottomless bloody marys or mimosas.
The Salted Slate is a stylish eatery, serving up fresh, local and organic food from nearby New England farms. Some meals are actually served on a slate or cutting board. To make the most of your time at The Salted Slate’s brunch, order duck confit poutine, chicken and waffles or lemon ricotta pancakes. Whatever you order, make sure you get the best side dish – a bag of warm doughnuts. The drink menu is as carefully crafted as all the other foods. Try the Lavender Fizz, vodka with soda and lavender and honey simple syrup, or the Salty Slate, a mixture of grapefruit and vodka with a salt and sugar rim.
The most unique thing about The Grange is that it’s a completely vegetarian restaurant, or as the staff members put it, “a restaurant of vegetables.” Not that you would notice – the menu is so dense and creative that it took me a moment to realize that there wasn’t actually any meat on it. It’s the perfect place for friends with different diets to dine together. The Grange serves brunch every day from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. For a taste of the inventive ways of skirting meat, try the tofu scramble, mushroom po’boy or waffles with chicken-inspired fried seitan. Or you could stick to the old-school eggs and cassoulet. The Grange has an impressive menu of brunch cocktails, including sangria, Irish coffee, a carrot-fennel Bellini and Pink Sky at Morning, which is a mixture of grapefruit, Aperol and prosecco.
Where’s your favorite spot to get brunch in Providence? Let us know in the comments below!