Three Sisters, Providence

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ray Three Sisters, 1074 Hope St, Providence is one of those small breakfast, lunch dinner places that caters to a lot of walk in trade, as well as take out. I’ve has this place on my list of breakfast stops for almost a year, and finally got there. The menu is right there on the giant chalkboard on the wall. They take your order and you pay, and your meal is delivered to your table, inside or al fresco! Since it is a busy street I prefer not to have carbon monoxide with my meal, we ate inside. Coffee is served in three sizes and is the terrific New Roasters Coffee that we had last week at Howies, and it was just as good. My meal was the unique one on the menu, the Southwest Omelet with home fries. Disappointing! Plentiful serving but the home fries were deep fried and too crunchy. Clumps of potatoes were stuck together. The omelet could have been much better but the ingredients were not spread out very well. My first bite had this great crunch of tortilla with cheese, egg, and pico de gallo and the swirl of sour cream which was spread over the top. Trouble was the cheese was not melted, the tortilla was only on one side of the omelet, and the egg was barely warm. That first bite almost had me, but it went downhill fast. Coffee, 9,5; home fries, 4; meal, 5; overall, 6.2.

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mikeEvery week a new place! How great is that? Three Sisters. Great location at the intersection of Blackstone and Hope. Lots to see and many, many restaurants to try within easy walking distance. Funky place with the multi-colored chalk menu on huge blackboards. Much to choose from and a bunch of stuff had a southwestern vibe going for it but they also had traditional breakfast fare so the unusual it was. Order at the counter type of place, so… Coffee was awesome! We have a new favorite brand (expensive, too, as we went to where they roast the coffee in Pawtucket, Ray will tell you, and found it to be in the $18 a pound category. Yikes!) and can definitely taste the difference when the restaurant grinds its own coffee. Homefries? Well, deep fried. Nuff said. French fries? Really good tater tots? Didn’t know what to think about them. They were fine, really, but not homefries that you would get off a flattop at a traditional dinner. (Sigh) The sausage was a treat, two large, tasty patties…big enough to overlap a hamburger bun. VAn unexpected value and treat as many places skimp on the meat. Alas, the eggs were a flop. I usually say, ” eggs are eggs” and move on but my sunnyside up eggs were not at all in a happy mood. The eggs were overdone. The edges were brown and crisp (I hate that!) and the yolks were cooked solid. What’s the use of sunnyside up eggs if you can’t break open the yolk and dip everything into its delicious goldenness? Seriously! (Deep sigh) So, mixed review. Coffee a 9, homefries a 6 and overall a 5. Just under a 7

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Howie’s, North Providence

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mikeA HUGE shout out to Meghan, my daughter, for suggesting Howie’s restaurant at 1525 Smith St., NProvidence. Ray and I have been by this place several times before and never noticed it. What a great place! New. Clean. Bright. Very nice! Nicole brought us the best coffee! Our new favorite! I’ll let Ray do the details but, wow! Fresh ground and she left the carafe on the table! Nice! And the menu was pretty amazing. They feature locally sourced and sustainable foods. This is not a vegan, no meat, kind of place. There are many healthy options and classic fare as well. I got the Rustic Truffled Fritatta. Go ahead…say that three times fast. Roasted Crimini mushrooms,tomatoes, carmelized onion, truffled goat cheese crema. Yikes! If there is to be any complaint about this amazing melding of flavors is that I wish there were more of the mushrooms and crema. Their flavor was truly amazing but the fritatta was bland without one or the other in a bite: I noticed their absence from time to time. Never the less, pretty awesome. Homefries? Superb! We thought they were top shelf even before Nicole explained the five-step cooking method that left them perfectly cooked on the inside with a nice even crust on the outside. Nicely spiced, though a little bit salty for the two old guys, these are easily the best this year! Lastly, we split a side of homemade corned beef hash. The two main components, meat and potatoes, which are usually combined, were not…they served their awesome homefries with the brisket meat and a sauce made with the renderings…the sauce was phenomenal! Very, very nice! So, coffee a 9.5 and homefries 9.5 and overall a 9. A very well deserved 9.3!

 

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ray Mike hit a home run with his choice this morning ( I actually have to thank his daughter Meghan ). Although Howie’s is on a street we have been up and down a number of times in the past few weeks, Mike’s GPS took us on an amazing circuitous route, through the hills and dales of North Providence, and right by Providence College. Howie’s looks rather new, and it’s fresh and bright interior are not what you might expect in a strip mall. Quick with the coffee, and a carafe of it left on the table, we were impressed from the start. It took awhile to look at a very simple but quite unique menu, along with a list of local businesses where they get most of their food items. IMG_0190Back to the coffee, first sip, fantastic! Each one after that was as good. They get their coffee from New Harvest Coffee Roasters in Pawtucket and what makes it special is that they grind their own coffee. As we have found out this makes a huge difference. Probably the best coffee I’ve had yet. My choice was a Veggie Omelet with tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, spinach, tomato, caramelized onions, and peppers and cheddar cheese. Tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and peppers were evident, but I didn’t taste any onions and the cheddar didn’t add much to the flavor, a little salt and pepper made an improvement. But let me say that I finished every bit of it. Their home fries were very good, and when we asked about how they were prepared, our waitress, Nicole, said that they were par boiled, seasoned, roasted in the oven, and finished on the flattop. They definitely were above average. We ordered a side of home made corned beef hash which was a true, simple hash with potato chunks and pulled corned beef in a small casserole with the drippings from the corned beef poured over the top. It definitely was a treat. I looked at their lunch menu and I have to take my wife here, she would love the “ Two Napkin Burger”, Coffee, 9.9; home fries, 8; meal 8, Overall, 9.

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