Eats, Beats and Treats in North Prov.

the locals 4How have I remained unaware of The Locals for eight whole months? This new-to-me eatery and live music venue is tasty, affordable, and only ten minutes outside Providence. Place settings wrapped in cloth napkins adorn the tabletops as if eagerly awaiting picnickers, and cute little notecards with diners’ names mark reserved tables. The Locals provides breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and lucky North Providence residents can enjoy the first cup of coffee free with a meal. On Thursdays, The Locals kicks off the weekend early with dinner and open mic (live music, poetry, and anything in between) beginning at 7 p.m. Dinner starts at 5 on Fridays and Saturdays, while live bands play from 7-11 p.m. And did I mention the food is both farm-fresh and delicious? the locals 3

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We sat down last night while the featured band, Bad Bromance, set up. Their singer told us The Locals is a favorite venue in their circuit. They play most Thursdays during the open mic, hosted by Whalebone Jackson, and a full show one Friday a month. The band’s sweet, acoustic sound added an enjoyable backdrop to a bright, cozy place. singer
The Locals’ menu had tasty options for both herbivores and carnivores. I was pleased to see so many Rhode Island favorites on the list: beef by Blackbird Farm, soda by Yacht Club, chicken by Baffoni’s Poultry Farm, and both Trinity and Newport Storm brews.

I enjoyed my tuna melt quesadilla, which was nicely crisp and contained diced green apples, red onions and cheddar, although I need to head back to The Locals to try my second choice, the sweet potato melt (maple mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions, sauteed spinach and Swiss–mmmm). quesadilla

My companion decided on the caprice pizza, which he deemed delicious. After stealing a slice (OK, two slices), I had to agree. pizzer

We did save some room for dessert, which varies daily on the whims of pastry aficionado Robin. We chose to share a slice of carrot cake, and thank goodness for that. It would have been too big and rich to finish alone. carrot

Our server, Kelly, was upbeat and solicitous, and owner Andrea was gracious about me poking around taking photos. At one point I laughed at the childlike scribbles at the bottom of a chalkboard menu, and her smile brightened to a thousand watts when she said her son had visited earlier in the day.

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Another group had a bouncy baby boy with them, and it’s nice that The Locals can be family-friendly without feeling like a Chuck E. Cheese’s.

The clientele varied widely in age, but all seemed to enjoy the food and atmosphere equally. the locals 1 When we left, the band was in full swing, The Locals was packed, and everyone was smiling. Now that I know this place exists, I’ll be back for a grin or two myself.

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2 thoughts on “Eats, Beats and Treats in North Prov.”

  1. Annie, we can’t thank you enough for the wonderful article – so flattering and exciting for a little place like ours! Also – thanks to David for giving us a shot, so glad you liked your lunch!

  2. Thanks for posting this; I had never heard of the place either, and I had a great lunch there today!

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