500 Broad St.
Providence, Rhode Island
7:00am - 2:00 pm
On Good Friday, a group of friends and I (and Bear) met for lunch at Friendship Cafe. It's situated in the 500 Broad Street building, right at the corner of Broad and Friendship Streets, in south Providence, a neighborhood undergoing revitalization.
It's a bright, clean friendly place with light wood floors and tables, energetic orange and soothing green.
Much of the interior woodwork was done by another Amos House WORKS business, Amos House Builds, by graduates of Amos House's Carpentry Training (ACT) program.
The staff was friendly and welcoming, and we soon found ourselves comfortably accommodated. Once we'd all arrived, we had our meals delivered quickly. The menu is breakfast all day, and lunchtime comfort foods, including weekly specials. They also have sweets. Everything is made on-site out of fresh, local ingredients.
Two of our companions tried the fish and chips. Both were happy with their choice.
Another of our friends tried the chopped salad, which was very nice-looking indeed.
A word about "Friendship fries." Apparently developed right in their kitchen by one of the chefs, they are regular fries with a mix of spices. I'm not sure what it is, but it adds a tasty zing. Normally I dislike cilantro, but although I could taste it in the seasoning, I still liked it quite a lot.
We were fortunate to have Mike McCarthy stop at our table to chat. He's the business manager of Amos House WORKS, the umbrella for the Amos House businesses (Friendship Cafe, Amos House Builds and More than a Meal catering). He gave us a lot of information about the cafe and catering business (did you know they supply meals to several local schools?).
Bear and I agree that Friendship Cafe is a place we'll come back to time and again, as well as a place to bring out-of-town guests.