Food & Drink

3 Reasons to Dine Downtown

Power & Light’s restaurant week returns with specials Aug. 21-30.

Dine Downtown, Power & Light’s summer restaurant week, is back with lunch menus specially priced at $10-15 and dinner menus for $25-30. Bonus: Guests receive a complimentary gift card or dining certificate from select restaurants when you order from their Dine Downtown menu.

As of now, 13 P&L restaurants are set to participate. Here are the top three on our stomach-rumbling hit list.

1. Providence New American Kitchen

This stylish restaurant in the lower level of the Hilton Hotel President is often overlooked as a downtown dining spot, so consider this the perfect time to pay a visit. The $15 lunch menu includes your choice of a salad of gem lettuce, blue cheese and blueberry vinaigrette, duck fat fries or the chef’s soup of the day for the first course and pan seared rainbow trout, the Providence burger, a BLT or spring greens risotto for your entrée. The $30 dinner menu is just as delectable with main course options that include a maple smoked pork chop, chef’s fried chicken, Scottish salmon, rainbow trout and apple wood smoked meatloaf followed by a dessert of molten cake, marshmallow and graham cracker ice cream; peach cobbler with housemade coconut ice cream; or a summer trifle with strawberry rhubarb compote.

Providence New American Kitchen’s S’mores flavors dessert

2. Bristol Seafood Grill

Who says we can’t have great seafood in the Midwest? Somebody that’s never sampled Bristol’s fresh, flavorful fare. Its Dine Downtown lunch offerings include a Caesar salad, strawberry and pistachio salad or New England Clam Chowder to start and a main course choice of pretzel-crusted trout, achiote fish tacos, mini New England lobster rolls or a 4-ounce petite filet (add $3). The dinner menu features main course options such as jumbo lump crab crakes, mesquite grilled Atlantic salmon and 1/2-pound cold water lobster tail (add  $10) with a dessert of vanilla bean crème brûlée, chocolate lava cake or a trio of sorbets.

Bristol’s pretzel-crusted trout

3. Cleaver & Cork

Check out this fast favorite at Power & Light’s new executive chef, Zeb Humphrey, and get a taste of its delicious food (and maybe a seat on its patio). Start your lunch with Local Pig sausage soup, roasted tomato soup or spring greens followed by a second course of BBQ pork shoulder, orecchiette pasta or our recommendation, the fried green tomato BLT, served with Local Pig’s heavenly bacon, a sandwich you won’t soon forget. Dinner entrée offerings include wild gulf shrimp, oyster mushroom lasagna, grilled chicken and a chipotle brined pork chop with peach icebox pie or pecan butter cake for a sweet ending.

Cleaver & Cork’s roasted chicken

See all of the participating restaurants’ menus online here.

Photos via Providence New American Kitchen, Bristol and Cleaver & Cork’s Facebook pages.