Karen Deutsch

The Eddy

Cozy and tucked away, the bar is front and center.

Cuban sliders paired with a Brooklyn cocktail. 95 Eddy St., Providence, 831-3339, eddybar.com. Not wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Capacity Thirteen at the bar, another two dozen at the perimeter of the room. Vibe European. In the good way. Prices $4–$12. The Eddy’s physical appearance may be easier to describe than its clientele — and even that ain’t so simple. A…

Flan

Wine bar serves up Andalusian flair without pretension.

Diego Luis Perez mans the bar. 186 Union St., Providence, 432-6656. Wheelchair accessibility is doubtful; most tables are high. Street parking. Capacity Just more than forty split between the bar proper and the dining room (which is also the kitchen). Vibe Spanish bar in the heart of the Andalusian countryside — so remote that they refuse to give you a…

Local 121

Sophisticated cocktails and décor pair with delicious appetizers.

Foie gras The bar that sits on the border of Local 121’s dining room is old school. As in the Bronte sisters’ school, if they managed to get away from the moors and into a proper watering hole. Coated in ornately carved wood and stained glass, it’s a space that exudes such sophistication that one can’t help looking more attractive…

Metacom Kitchen

At Metacom Kitchen, the elegant menu and rustic decor reflect the quiet confidence of its talented chef.

322 Metacom Ave., Warren, 245-1193, metacomkitchen.com. Open Wed.–Mon. (closed Tuesday). Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Lot parking. Cuisine American in its mature years: Old enough to know better but still young enough to kick it. Capacity Sixty. Vibe Like an island hangout after the irritating tourists have left and real life begins. Prices Appetizers $7–$17; entrees $13–$24; dessert $6. Karen’s picks…

Bocado

This tapas bar heats up the West Side with an expansive menu of spicy fan favorites.

  60 Valley St., Providence, 270-6080, bocadotapasbar.com. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Valet parking. Cuisine Tapas that read 90 percent Spanish and 10 percent American. Capacity Roughly 100 with bar seating. Vibe Industrial Alhambra. Prices Tapas $3–$14; entrees $28–$34; dessert $5–$8. Karen’s picks Charcuterie y queso, sollomillo de carne roja (steak with…

The Salted Slate

After waiting for his close up, Ben Lloyd steps into the spotlight 
with an intriguing and successful menu.

186 Wayland Ave., Providence, 270-3737, saltedslate.com. Open Tues.–Sun. for dinner, Tues.–Fri. for lunch, Sat. and Sun. for brunch. Reservations recommended. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine Farm-to-table. Capacity Slightly more than sixty with bar seating. Vibe A grassroots endeavor that still runs away with the election. Prices Appetizers $8–$14; entrees $24–$33; dessert $8–$10. Karen’s picks Tartare, meatballs, mac and cheese, roasted…

Faust Hofbrauhaus

Part sturdy German citizen, part cool Brooklyn hipster, Faust Hofbrauhaus sates with its irreverent menu and extensive beer selection.

Faust 122 Fountain St., Providence, 351-5800, twitter.com/FaustPVD; facebook.com/faustpvd. Open for dinner seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Valet and street parking. Cuisine German: dogs and draughts. Capacity Forty seated with extra room and a willingness to stand. Vibe Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days.” Prices Appetizers $5–$10; entrees $13–$20; dessert $8. Karen’s picks Asparagus salad, pork schnitzel, beef cheek…

Midtown Oyster Bar

Tuna tartare tacos with pineapple tomatillo salsa, sweet chile and cilantro. 345 Thames St., Newport, 619-4100, midtownoyster.com. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week; bar is open ’til 1 a.m. on weekends. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Street parking. Cuisine Seafood for a crowd. Capacity Noah’s ark. Vibe Foxwoods goes Colonial. Prices Appetizers $7–$17; entrees $13–$32; dessert $7–$8. Karen’s…

Denden Cafe Asiana

Clockwise from left: Hot stone spicy pork bibimbap, a view of the interior, Katsudon bento.   161 Benefit St., Providence, 270-5269. Open daily from 9 a.m.–10 p.m., coffee in the morning, kitchen from 10 a.m. to close. Wheelchair accessible but the two-step entry is a challenge. Street parking and a small customer lot. Cuisine Casual Korean. Capacity Fifty. Vibe As…

Ken’s Ramen

Clockwise from top left: A view of the restaurant interior, various toppings for ramen, a view of the open kitchen. 69 Washington St., Providence, phone number not available, kensramenpvd.com. Open Tues.–Thurs. 6–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5:30–11 p.m. Wheelchair accessibility is doubtful; space is tight. Street parking. Cuisine Irreverent ramen. Capacity Two dozen at tables; ten more on stools. Vibe Tampopo meets…