While the full force of the holiday hurricane still hasn’t hit, there’s something to be said about looking ahead to the real “most wonderful time of the year” — Providence Restaurant Weeks

Since Restaurant Weeks isn't until Jan. 14-27, many participating restaurants don’t have their menus up yet. But some of the participants do. It’s never too soon to start planning, as the early bird catches the, er, calamari. Start figuring out how you will spend those restaurant gift cards now. Here’s some of our early picks for great choices.

Impeccable service and perfectly turned-out dishes are hallmarks of this downtown landmark. Their veal parm is lightly breaded and paired with light-as-a-feather gnocchi. Learn More ›

Cooking duck properly can be difficult to master, but Gracie’s makes it look easy, especially when accompanied by roasted winter squash, braised cabbage and toasted seed granola. Learn More ›

This appetizer features tender pork shoulder paired with soft polenta gnocchi, macomber turnip and whipped green apple. A perfect dish to warm up a cold winter’s night. Learn More ›

End your evening with this decadent dessert composed of chocolate shortbread, milk chocolate ganache, salted caramel, candied peanuts and nougat ice cream. Learn More ›

Be sure to check ProvidenceRestaurantWeeks.com often, as new restaurants and new menus are being added every day.