After two Super Bowl championships and 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 my top spots in the city to watch a game, especially a playoff game!
Providence's newest contemporary yet vintage upscale sports bar and restaurant, The Vig, has become a fast favorite. With comfort food, craft cocktails, and unique decor, they really "upped the game" in Providence. Definitely check out The Vig for the playoffs, located inside the Hilton Providence.
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, serving authentic Neapolitan pizza, great cocktails, televisions right at the bar, all with a great view of DePasquale Plaza, the heart of Federal Hill.
The Capital Grille
If you're looking for a great steak in an upscale atmosphere while watching the game, The Capital Grille is my top choice. The newly renovated restaurant has a larger bar area, inviting decor and a perfect view to watch the playoffs on television. The new cocktail menu offers unique and classic choices and, of course, don't forget to try the lobster bisque — one of my favorites!
Great food, comfortable space and always a good, game-day special. Half-price appetizers, 50-cent wings, and quite the extensive craft beer menu. Grab a table or sit at the bar and cheer on your team!
Grab a seat at the raw bar while enjoying the game at Hemenway's Restaurant. The seafood shuckers not only know their fish but are great company with which to talk sports, down to the two-minute warning. Two of my favorites are the cherrystones along with a house-made Stoli Doli.