In eight seasons with the New England Patriots, I spent a lot of time in Providence. I grew up in Louisiana, where I developed a love of cooking and fresh seafood. In Providence, I learned a lot about the restaurant industry and expanded my culinary knowledge and tastes.
Today, I am the President and Managing Member of Ocean’s 97, a shrimp wholesale and value-added company, but I still find time to make it back to Providence. Here are some of my favorite spots to watch a game on any visit:
I love Federal Hill, Providence’s Little Italy. I even did a two-year internship with a restaurant group on the Hill while I was with the Patriots because I wanted to learn more about the managerial aspect of the business. One of my favorite spots up there now is Venda Bar, which serves authentic Neapolitan pizza and has a great view of DePasquale Plaza, the heart of Federal Hill.
A former fire station that was built in 1902, Ladder 133 is a great sports bar that features great comfort food like wings, pizzas and more. A big, mahogany bar and 18 high-definition televisions make it the perfect place to cheer on your team.
Fat Belly’s Irish Pub & Grille
With seven locations throughout Rhode Island, you can pretty much find a Fat Belly’s near you. Their extensive beer menu and great burgers are perfect for the thirsty, hungry sports fan.
Snookers has been a local favorite for nearly 20 years. Part sports bar and part billiard hall, Snookers does both equally well. There are 15 professional-quality pool tables, as well as three full bars, a dining room, and 60 HD TVs.
For a real local experience, I like to stop by the Bradley Café in the city’s Wanskuck neighborhood. It’s close to Providence College (PC), which has a nationally-known athletic program and die-hard fans that pack the café on game nights.