A couple weeks ago I took a little road trip to check the lobster-lush state of Maine off my U.S. travel to-do list and attend Yarmouth’s annual Clam Fest (post forthcoming). But what kind of road trip would it be if I didn’t make a pit stop and take advantage of feeding my face at another one of New England’s many acclaimed restaurants?
My friend David suggested we meet for lunch at Farmstead in Providence, RI. David knows a thing or two about Rhode Island. He grew up in the area and is actually opening up a restaurant in Newport within the next week called Stoneacre Pantry. They’re placing the finishing touches on the restaurant and the website but all you have to do is check out some of the food they’re posting on Facebook to know it will be a hit in town and add to your dining to-do list.
Farmstead is a small and intimate restaurant, yet has a friendly, casual and down-to-earth vibe where the chefs advocate serving honest, seasonal, handmade food. The ingredients from their ever-evolving menu are carefully sourced from farmers and producers they know and trust, using only the highest quality ingredients hoping to take guests on a “journey through the New England landscape and the rich cultural history of food in the Northeast.” And surely they did.
Farmstead is divided into two spaces: one area for the restaurant and an adjacent specialty shop with additional seating so you have a perfect view overlooking all of the delectable artisan cheese offerings.
What should you eat? Well, you should order just about everything because it’s all delicious, although certainly you can’t pass up a selected meat and cheese spread. I was also hesitant when we ordered the mac n’ cheese but obviously I do not at all regret that decision. No matter how full you are, make sure you leave room for the goat cheese brownie with burnt honey ice cream, pistachio brittle and chocolate orange sauce.
Feast your eyes on that and more from the lunch menu below.