A Day Trip to Providence
I will travel almost anywhere for food— especially doughnuts. My BFF (best food friend) Nishat and I had been talking about taking a trip to Providence (more specifically PVDonuts), for weeks and we finally made it happen earlier this month. It was just a quick trip, but we managed to fit a lot in. I haven’t been to Providence in years, and it was fun to discover a few new places. I love taking little day trips outside the city— as much as I love Boston it is always so fun to explore!
But first, Brunch
Our brunch research led us to a cute looking place called the Duck & Bunny: a Snuggery. I wasn’t sure what a snuggery was, but it sounded right up my alley. A snuggery is defined as a cozy and comfortable place— the Duck & Bunny certainly delivered. Located on a brick lined street with an abundance of shops, you could almost miss the restaurant entrance if you weren’t looking for it. Once you enter the unassuming door, its almost as if you’re stepping into a friends home (one that also happens to have a coffee bar and abundance of pastries… aka my dream friend). There are two separate dining areas and a little coffee bar.
Important note: you will wait, and they don’t take reservations unless your party is 6 or more. We put our name in around noon on a Saturday, and waited about 45 minutes for our table. I’m not usually one who waits for food (I’m usually too hungry for that), but I can say that this is a place that is worth the wait. Plus, as I mentioned above, there are a bunch of really nice stores you can check out and build up an appetite while you wait. They also serve brunch every day, so if you can get down on a weekday, you may not have to wait too long.
We were sat in the second dining room away from the coffee bar, and it was just so… cozy. The tables are a beautiful marble and there is unique artwork everywhere. My personal favorite was Van Gogh self portrait with a twist— he had bunny ears! I ordered a latte to drink, and it was just what I was looking for. It came out picture perfect.
We split the latkes to start, which were perfectly fried and topped with homemade cinnamon applesauce, sour cream, and scallions. I know everyone usually chooses a side when it comes to latkes, but I think we’ve all been wrong— the combination of the applesauce and the sour cream was SO good.
For my main meal, I ordered one of their specialties— the savory sweetbread pudding Benedict. It was served on their Portuguese sweetbread pudding with caramelized onions and bacon, topped with two poached eggs and served with a side of hollandaise that I could have eaten with a spoon. I love hollandaise sauce, but I feel like it can fall flat at a lot of restaurants— not the case here. It was perfectly rich and lemony. While we didn’t try them, the baked goods looked incredible— just an excuse to go back!
While we were waiting, we walked around and explored a few different stores. Our favorite by far was NAVA (New And Vintage Apparel). The storefront caught our eye while we were walking to brunch, and everything inside was beautifully curated. They sell a selection of clothes, home goods, gifts, and jewelry, and you can really see the thought behind each selection.
And now… donuts.
I’ve been following PVDonuts on Instagram for about a year now and I honestly don’t know what took me so long to actually make the trip. Once you taste one of their creations you understand the out-the-door lines— I would 100% drive down on a weekend JUST for their Dunkaroo donut. Pro-tip: Order ahead and you can skip the line. Nishat was kind enough to select our order (she is a seasoned vet when it comes to donuts) and the team at PVDonuts threw in a few extras from their 90s themed March menu. The menu changes monthly, so make sure you’re following them on Instagram to stay in the loop!
Our line up included creations like Keebler Chips Delux, Cosmic Brownie (remember those?!), French Toast Crunch (my favorite!), Wild Berry Poptart, Dunkaroos, and a few more. They were SO good-- see my genuine reaction below:
Our last stop was the Nitro Bar, the permanent offshoot of the incredibly popular Nitro Cart. Though we were too full/caffeinated to get anything, I’m glad we stopped by. Located adjacent to a bike shop, the Nitro Bar is a must see coffee shop with beautiful aesthetics.
Providence is a great destination if you’re looking to get out of Boston for a couple of hours and you have a car. The commuter rail also runs to Providence— its about a little over an hour long trip and definitely doable if you don’t have a car! Have you been to Providence? Let me know your favorite spots in the comments below!