The Providence Social Facts
490 Rhode Island St, Buffalo / 716 -464-3786
Bar Hours: Mon – Thurs (4pm to 12pm); Fri (3pm to 2am); Sat (10am to 2am); Sun (noon to 4pm)
Kitchen Hours: Mon – Wed (5pm to 11pm); Thurs – Sat (5pm to midnight); Sun Brunch (11-3)
Price: $$ / Cuisine: American
Providence Social opened up in 2013 when Joshua Hanzlan purchased the building, gave it a complete makeover, and added a charming garden/patio off the back, complete with tables, conversational lounge areas, and portable heaters. The cuisine is new American and the menu is built for sharing. They have recently gone all-in on the beer scene now offering 24 beers on tap – with a nice variety and locals well represented.
Providence Social does a great job with a brunch menu that is very creative and not dependent on the same ole’ same ole’. With that said you can order eggs your way if you’re in the mood. They do brunch on Saturday from 10am-3pm, and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Did we mention its affordable? Dishes max out at $11. Some dishes we didn’t have room for but we’ll be going back for include Dos Tacos ($8), Brunch Pountine ($11), Stuffed Poblano N Eggs ($10), Savory Dip N Chicken N Waffles ($10).
There is something instantly relaxing about Sunday (and Saturday) brunch. You’re going to sit, relax, chat, eat, drink, and basically be happy. You’re not going anywhere for a while, and when you do it will likely be to the couch for a nap.
Adding to that frame of mind was a beautiful sunny morning (seems like a distant memory now), and the elegant yet comfortable setting of Providence Social. We stopped in during our Elmwood Village Staycation. If you’ve read that piece (and you should – coming soon) you might notice a theme with the stately old homes of Buffalo. One could spend an entire weekend touring and not see half of them.
Through the front breezeway you enter into a spacious bar area (newly renovated I might add) decorated in dark woods with stained glass window treatment, 24 beautiful beer taps, and 2 lovely bartenders (if you’re lucky). Beyond is a handsome dining room with banquette seating along two walls, graceful curved booths on another. An additional smaller, more private dining area is further along. The beautiful garden area/patio is to the west and probably one of our favorite patios in Buffalo for an early afternoon feast. Not this time though, brunch will be available outdoors when weather permits.
Upon sitting we were immediately served coffee and a basket of complimentary sweet breads/muffins. – Nice!
This is a one dollar mimosa. The only thing better is free.
Bloody Caesar – $8
Bloody Caesar aka Clam Digger. This is just like a Bloody Mary but uses Clamato as a substitute for tomato juice. A superior drink in my opinion.
Southern Style Eggs Benedict – Applewood bacon, braised collard greens, English muffin, Creole Hollandaise sauce. $11
I was a little bit hesitant about the collard greens. Something about vegetables in the morning maybe or greens with ages. This was great and a nice remix of an old fav. The greens brought some vinegary twang to the dish while the Creole Hollandaise adds a nice bit of seasoning. Loved it.
Ham & Swiss Sliders – a pineapple jalapeño ginger chutney (Editors note: !) with warmed ham and swiss on sweet rolls. $9
This seemingly simple dish of three sliders was a huge hit. The jam brings a cool element to the sandwich, not too spicy/hot at all. A perfect complement to the earthy ham and swiss. While the rolls are sweet they are not sweet cinnamony type rolls.
This was a special that day. We strongly suggest they make these a regular.
Home Fries – $4.
The did a nice job with this breakfast standard. Skin-on potatoes with some peppers, onions, and herbs. If we’d been hungrier we might have opted for the brunch poutine – next time. And there will be a next time.
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