There are certain sure signs of summer in the city that we can count on year after year: WaterFire lighting up the rivers, air conditioners dotting the windows of homes and apartment buildings, a full deck at Hot Club on Friday afternoon, the line at East Side Pockets only reaching halfway out the door instead of all the way. Now we can add another indicator to that list: the return of Providence Restaurant Weeks (July 8-21). For the better part of a decade, the event has grown bigger and more popular, showcasing the best dining the city has to offer. It now runs for two full weeks twice a year (the other installment is in January) and includes 50 restaurants; the summer edition remains the flagship, with eateries throughout the city packed during a time when diners might otherwise be looking towards South County or Newport for a night out.
The concept remains as simple as it is enticing: some of the city’s best and, in many cases, priciest restaurants offer three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners for $14.95 and $29.95 respectively. Restaurants for whom those price points are already above average often opt for a two-for-one deal instead. It’s a great opportunity to treat yourself to a night of fine dining without breaking the bank, or break out of your routine and try something new without much commitment. Some of the most buzzed about restaurants in and around Providence, as well as some old standbys, are participating. Check www.providencerestaurantweeks.com for menus and more information.