Cup of Joe
Kick off a Wickenden Street stroll with a creamy hazelnut latte at Coffee Exchange (they blend the syrup and milk before steaming). Augment with a chewy salt bagel and schmear of caper cream cheese from no-frills Bagel Gourmet (250 Brook Street, College Hill; 401-453-5560).
Spend midday exploring Federal Hill and downtown. Snag an afternoon snack at AS220 Food, an art gallery/lunch counter serving seasonal, vegetarian fare (maple-roasted winter roots, sweet potato burgers). Grab supersize cannoli to go at Scialo Bros., a 96-year-old Italian bakery operating the only brick oven in town.
Room for More
Work your way through the Vietnamese-Thai-Cambodian-Chinese menu (we drool over the nime chow) at in-the-know gem Apsara Palace. Refuel with a Russian Imperial Stout at Trinity Brewhouse.
Appy Hour at Providence Oyster Bar nets you $1 Point Judith bivalves and littlenecks. Of-the-moment Cook & Brown reinvents the gastropub with dazzling 100-mile fare like pan-seared Rhode Island fluke. Al Forno’s wood-fired margarita pizza and skin-on mashed potatoes will make your must-eat-again list.
Wrap up the evening with a spicy-sweet Rothschild (rye, Campari, Cherry Heering, Cocchi, Creole bitters) at The Dorrance, a turn-of-the-century stunner.
Success never tasted so good.
Photos: Michael Melford / Courtesy of Coffee Exchange; Nicholas Millard / Courtesy of Scialo Bros. Bakery; Nicholas Millard / Courtesy of Cook & Brown