We’re spending a leisurely, fun winter day in Providence, Rhode Island:
This article covers our second stop of the day, Pakarang Restaurant on South Main Street.
We’ve worked up an appetite playing art gallery games at the RISD museum; let’s eat.
I favor family owned and staffed restaurants that consistently provide high-quality and delicious-tasting food for reasonable prices.
Today we’re going to a place that is among the favorites of my favorite restaurants in Providence.
Pakarang has been serving exquisite Thai cuisine on South Main Street since 1994.
Our family has been eating here regularly since we discovered their great-tasting food ten years ago.
It’s a reasonable 10 minutes at a leisurely pace from the RISD museum to the restaurant, and downtown Providence is a walkable city, so let’s take advantage of the health and sight-seeing benefits. We’ll hoof it.
Pakarang has been catering to the Rhode Island palate for twenty years. Spicy (meaning spicy-hot) in New England is not remotely similar to hot in Thailand or even Texas. The menu here is wisely rated for Rhode Islanders. If you enjoy the heat of a little chili powder, you can easily handle the menu items rated “one pepper.” If you’re a hot-headed daredevil like my husband, you’ll want to ask for “three peppers.” “Two peppers” is my idea of a pleasurably zingy dish. Calle me Northern-girl-with-6-years’-Texan-hot-eating-experience.
We often visit Pakarang with a party of 4-6, so we can order appetizers plus 3 entrees (a beef/rice, a chicken/noodle, and a seafood dish) for the table to share. Pakarang’s version of Drunken Noodle with Chicken is exquisitely tantalizing, and we almost always include it in our buffet.
Today, since there are only 2 of us, and because we want to eat light so we’re not heavy and sleepy feeling during our afternoon tour, 2 appetizers and a cup of soup will satisfy us completely.
The ticket for this made-to-order-super-tasty meal, with tax and tip is a reasonable $25.