A beginner’s guide to a Thayer-free gastronomical experience


Tired of Ratty food every day? Feeling those post-Spring break blues and want to drown them in food? Desire to become a connoisseur of Providence’s greatest cuisine?

Even if you’re a freshman too enchanted by the brilliance of the Brown bubble to ever want to leave it, it’s important to venture off Thayer street for at least a day.

Now, this may seem a bit extreme. A tad crazy, even, but the wonders that await that additional 10-minute walk are more than enough to make up for that. Even better- you will get to show off your Providence expertise to all your friends and family by dragging them off to restaurants located all over the city!

So in this week’s frosh-cessities, I’m starting you off easy. Here are three delicious options all in walking distance of Brown. Before you get too wild, you gotta cover the basics.


First up, Sawaddee. This restaurant is the closest to campus, on the Keeney side, for you freshmen too wary (*cough* lazy) to venture off college hill.

Authentic Thai cuisine for a reasonable price makes Sawaddee a haven away from Thayer. Unfortunately, it’s so close that getting there doesn’t qualify as your workout of the week. Or it can. I’m not going to tell you how to live your life. The cozy environment, delightful staff, and exquisite cuisine make for a great alternative to Thayer, which your stomach and taste buds will thank you for.

93 Hope Street

Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:40 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:40 p.m.


The Duck & Bunny

If you’re a fan of historic architecture, brunch, and a quaint environment, The Duck & Bunny is for you. Self-entitled as a snuggery (yes, it is a word– it means “a cozy and comfortable place’”), The Duck & Bunny is tucked into one of Providence’s many 18th century-esque houses and is home to the best cupcakes around. The restaurant offers brunch and afternoon tea as well as lunch and dinner, with a great variety of choices. This spot is worth visiting, despite the slightly pricier bill. On parent’s weekend, good luck with the wait.

312 Wickenden Street
Hours: Opens at 10:00 a.m.
Tues, Wed & Sun open until 11:00 p.m.,
Thursday open until 12:00 a.m.,
Fri, Sat open until 1:00 a.m.,
Monday Closed.


Ken’s Ramen

As you might have guessed, Ken’s Ramen specializes in the beautiful art of ramen. Their bowls of steaming, perfectly cooked noodles come with a great selection of combinations to choose from. This a perfect place to go if you are craving a wholesome, fancier version of your regular microwavable meal. Its location downtown is great for exploring RISD’s second hand art shops and other Providence surprises. Keep in mind you might have to wait a while to get in, as the restaurant is usually packed – a true testament to how good it is. Service here is quick and efficient, and your wallet will appreciate their college student-friendly prices.

69 Washington St.

Hours: Opens at 10:00 a.m.
Tues, Wed & Thu open 12-:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Fri, Sat open 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:30-11:00 p.m.

Sun 12:00-9:00 p.m.

Monday Closed.


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