Sly and I decided to slip out of the wedding just as things were starting to wind down so that we could rush back to our hotel, change, then walk to Federal Hill again to try out a late night eats place that sounded intriguing. Because obviously we hadn’t stuffed ourselves enough with mini fish and chips, wedding cake, and root beer floats.
We walked to the restaurant from our hotel, through some strange back alleys, past parking lots where youngsters were tokin’ up, and past garage after garage after garage of auto and body shops, some still opened and throwing street parties. We bypassed the restaurant twice before we finally realized that we were on the correct street at the correct place.
North is a tiny low-key restaurant nestled between residential homes on a seemingly quiet street. It reminded me of a restaurant we would find in our old neighborhood in SF, the kind that one visits weekly to grab a drink and a bite to eat. At 11pm the place was packed with a 15-30 minute wait time. We lucked out though, the people ahead of us on the waiting list never showed so we were seated almost immediately. And even though we probably shouldn’t have had a second dinner, we couldn’t resist trying a ton of things off the menu. Yet another foodie lovers gem in Providence.
North / $-$$ / Federal Hill // Loosely defined Asian-fusion cuisine that brings to mind Momofuku Ko and Mission Chinese. Frequently changing seasonal menu with a good amount of (exciting!) vegetarian options. Great service and fairly sizeable, though not huge, portions. The restaurant is very small and does not take reservations so the wait time can be pretty long especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. It’s worth it. Plus, if the bar is full at North you can easily walk across the street to the deco-styled bar, The Avery, and grab a drink while you wait.