East Side, Providence Restaurants

From the flickering streetlamps that scallop the edges of Benefit Street to the vast and storied halls of Brown University, Providence's early history is lovingly preserved on the East Side. Yet, the neighborhood is also cool and modern, replete with galleries, restaurants and shops that reflect the edgy, hipster vibe of the renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). These institutions of higher learning combine to give the East Side a personality that is all about art and - as we say in these parts - "wicked smaht."