GPub

Gastronomy literally means “the art or law of regulating the stomach.”

Gpub SIgnageThe term “gastropub” is a mash-up of the terms gastronomy and pub, coined by David Eyre and Mike Belben when they took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London. At that time British pubs were primarily drinking establishments and little emphasis placed on the serving of food. The idea of elevating the quality of the beer and food menus in order to secure existing customers, as well as attract new ones, reinvigorated the dining culture.

The gastropub phenomenon took off in the United States in the early 1990s as an artful alternative to the gut filling, alcohol absorbing cold Ploughman’s lunch (cheese, chutney, bread and pickled onions). The appeal of the gastropub is its ability to provide a comfortable, casual and welcoming atmosphere where socializing, laughing, eating great food, drinking micro-brews, shooting pool, throwing darts, and game day cheering is standard!

GPub  Smokerd BBQ Wings

GPub Smokerd BBQ Wings

Providence’s exciting down-city dining scene has been further enhanced by its newest ultra-fun, ultra-cool gastropub – GPub. The restaurant occupies the basement of the former Providence Gas Company and designed around the buildings original 1920′s framework. The speak-easy type atmosphere adds an exclusiveness you’ll feel while walking into the mysterious underground abyss. Take heed however, because that solemnness is quickly eliminated by the wicked party going on below street level!

GPub maintains an impressive beer selection broken down by taps, bottles and tins! I appreciated the fact that each beer had a corresponding brewing location and an ABV% (alcohol by volume). It makes sense to know which state is determined to wreck me by round three!

The menu pays homage to traditional pub food through its inclusion of snacks, starters, burgers and hot dogs, but in a completely artistic way.  The Chips & Spread are house made, with smoked paprika and cheddar ale spread.  The Slider Trio include a pulled- pork, lobster roll and a burger.  The Pigs in a Blanket is wild boar sausage, Kansas City mustard, pickled shallots, camembert cheese, and black pepper on a biscuit. Take that Cheers!

GPub Smoked Turkey Sandwich

GPub Smoked Turkey Sandwich

The Eiffel Tower Burger would make Parisians weep with pride. A double patty burger with mushrooms, caramelized onions, truffle mayo, gruyere cheese, and topped with a fried egg that delivers a win for the French! By contrast, the generally ordinary Smoked Turkey Sandwich turned out to be a shining example of what an excellent chef can create with simple ingredients. The fresh roasted turkey with smoked bacon mayo and camembert cheese was an excellent combination within a perfectly buttered -grilled sandwich.

From the location, to the celebratory atmosphere, to the outstanding food and beverage menu, GPub is the reason why people get excited about going out for the evening! I’m not sure if the “G” in GPub stands for Gastro Pub or for the Gas Company building in which it operates, but to me, the “G” stands for “GO!”

61 Orange St. | Providence, Rhode Island 02903 | Tel. 401-632-4782 | Speak Easy + Eat Well

Fleming’s 5 for $6 ‘ til 7

5 selected appetizers are $6, and served nightly at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar until 7:00 PM!  Additionally,  Fleming’s adds a Prime Burger from their Bar La Carte menu just for good measure!

We tried all of the menu items and we were quite impressed. Even more impressive was the total bill – $36.00 (excluding tip). If these menu items were ordered outside of the 5 for $6 ’til 7 special, the bill would have been $87.40 (excluding tip)!

5 STARTERS 

SWEET CHILE CALAMARI – Lightly breaded and tossed with sweet chile sauce

 The Sweet Chile Calamari was a standout in flavor. It was perfectly tender, and tossed with a subtly spiced sweet chile sauce – loved it!

Fleming's Sweet Chili Calamari

Fleming’s Sweet Chili Calamari

JUMBO SHRIMP COCKTAILJumbo shrimp, chipotle horseradish cocktail sauce

The “jumbo” shrimp were most likely not U-12, and were a little overcooked, but very fresh, cold and served with a zesty horseradish cocktail sauce that just made the dish work well. The fresh dill over the top was an excellent garnish to compliment!

Fleming's Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

Fleming’s Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

ROASTED MUSHROOM RAVIOLI – Portobello and shiitake mushrooms, porcini butter

The roasted mushroom ravioli tasted homemade and were also tenderly cooked and sauteed in a rich porcini butter. Everything really is better with butter.

Fleming's Roasted Mushroom Ravioli

Fleming’s Roasted Mushroom Ravioli

TENDERLOIN CARPACCIO Caper creole mustard sauce and red onion

As expected from Fleming’s, the velvety smooth Carpaccio did not disappoint. With the addition of creole mustard, fresh herbs and the crostinis, we felt like kings!

Fleming's Tenderloin Carpaccio

Fleming’s Tenderloin Carpaccio

WICKED CAJUN BARBECUE SHRIMPMarinated with a mix of garlic and spices

Correct! Wicked Cajun and wicked spicy. The starter was bit heavy, but full flavored. Keep bread and a cold beer handy while you watch the game with this one!

Fleming's Wicked Cajun Barbecue Shrimp

Fleming’s Wicked Cajun Barbecue Shrimp

 

FLEMING’S PRIME BURGERWisconsin cheddar cheese, peppered bacon and our signature onion rings

Wow! Fleming’s hits a home run on this one. An expertly prepared burger using Fleming’s Prime! Absolutely delicious when prepared rare and served on a Challeh-esk braided egg roll. This peppered bacon cheeseburger is served with 2 large onion rings, a wedge of iceberg, onion and tomato – for $6! No really…

Fleming's Prime Burger

Fleming’s Prime Burger

 

The RhodeCrew concluded our evening by relaxing at Cigar Masters right next door. Leather couches, big screen monitors for the game, a serene atmosphere, and a well stocked humidor just steps away.

Great food, friends, drinks and cigars…it just doesn’t get any better than that…

Cigar Masters

Cigar Masters

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine – One West Exchange Street, Providence, RI  401-555-9000

Cigar Masters – One West Exchange Street, Providence, RI  401-383-9002