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Date night at The Grange

After being cooped up at home recovering from a sprained ankle, it felt so good to get out this weekend.
Saturday night ended up being a date night for me. Apparently the new dating “rules” say dinner out on the first date is old fashioned or “too much pressure”. I thought I’d buck the trend this time and say yes when I was asked!
We are so lucky in Providence (and Rhode Island really) to have so many great restaurants at our fingertips. My date was not from RI so I was excited to offer my suggestions on where we should go. He is not a huge meat eater so I suggested The Grange, a wonderful “vegetable restaurant” located on the Westside of town.
I felt at home on the grange…right away. A bustling but cozy interior with candles flickering. With a seat for two by the window, it was the perfect setting for getting to know someone. We started out with a pair of craft cocktails; mine: bourbon based with some bitters and what not. His: a vodka base with some thyme and a little more.
With the conversation flowing, we ordered some specials, all sourced from local farms highlighting what’s in season.

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We started out with some perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts with smoked mushroom and a tangy tasty cranberry mustardo on the side.

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Next, some sautéed Pioppino and Oyster mushrooms sourced from R.I. Mushroom Company

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Delicious delicata squash ( did you know you can eat the skin?!) on top of soft polenta with radishes and dollops of parsley pistou.

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To accompany these varied vegetarian dishes, my date chose a bottle of Zinfandel. A perfect choice I might add. Not too intense.

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Still talking and still hungry, we added a couple more plates.
A quinoa salad with lettuces, avocado, beets, sweet potatoes and sprinkling of sunflower seeds and all topped with a roasted garlic dressing.

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Lastly, one of my all time fave dishes: risotto. This dish was so creamy. Incorporated into the creamy rice was: sunchokes, red wine onions, turnips, baby kale and fried green olives.

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We enjoyed our wine, and cleaned our plates. Everything was delicious!

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The night was still young, we were enjoying ourselves. Since we were on the Westside, we drove over to Pastiche. Miraculously we found a parking spot but the charming bakery was mobbed as usual. There was no getting in…. Not a problem. We ended up going to The Duck and Bunny, my choice for best date spot for dessert in Providence. This charming spot on Wickenden St., is considered a “snuggery”. It is an adorable, cozy and warm spot to enjoy a pot of tea

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We also had something sweet, banana and Nutella crepe and a slice of banana cream pie. Scrumptious. A sweet way to end a fabulous evening.

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Whether you’re headed out for a first date or your 100th, I hope you’ll consider these Providence gems.
Here’s to more cozy, romantic, full of promise evenings.

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