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Vegetarian, Diabetes & Digestive Disorders
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The Lobster Pot, 119-121 Hope Street, Bristol
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A Taste Of India
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The Purple Cat Restaurant
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Kabob and Cur
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Portabel
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Romantic Vegetarians, Anytime
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Café Nuo
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What's In Season This Month
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Haruki Ea
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Helpful Hints For Valentine's Day
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The Capital Gril
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Trinity Brewhouse
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The Many Faces of a Leek
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The Providence Oyster B
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Great Asparagus Ideas
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Jack’s Family Restaura
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What You Didn't Know About Parsnips
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Redlefsen’s Rotisserie & Gri
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Farmstead Fine Cheeses and Unique Edibles
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All About Artichokes
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The Canfield Hou
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Amy’s Place
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Mustard Greens
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Glorious Greens
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Le Bistro Newpo
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A Great Time For Kale
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Providence Pri
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Ruffuls
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Watercress, a healthy treat
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The Downstairs Bist
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A Favorite Green- Spinach
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Caffe It
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3 Steeple Street
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The Mystery of a Melon
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Lot 4
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The Blue Fin Gril
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The King’s Fea
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Upcoming Events
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Royal Vegetarianism
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The Sideb
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Ind
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Pakara
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Via Via Brick Oven Pizza
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Summer Round-up
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The Oyster Bar & Gri
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Mo
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Fellini Pizzeria
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Café de V
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Why Vegan
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The Longhorn Steakhou
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Mc Fadden
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Ind
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Kabob & Cur
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Andreas Restaurant
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Enjoying the Good Potato
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The Downstairs Bistro at Second Story Theat
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Brussels Sprouts, One of Fall's Special Treats
by Alica London

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Big Fi
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The Fine Fruits of Fall
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Faux Turkey
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Chiazza Trattori
by Bob Mariani

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Chinese Snacks
by Alica London

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Ask The Expert
by Chris Gasbarro

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10 Steak & Sus
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving
by Alica London

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Cilantro Mexican Grill
by Brian J. Lowney

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Holiday Entertaining
by Alica London

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DeWolf Tave
by Bob Mariani

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Vegetarian Happenings
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XO Steak Hou
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Pizzeria Uno – Chicago Grill
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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate
by Alica London

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches
by Brian J. Lowney

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Succulent Morsels
by Alica London

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Best of ’04 Best New Restaurant
DeWolf Tave

by Bob Mariani

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Best of 2004
by Bob Mariani

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Lucky Gard
by Bob Mariani

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Bertucci’s Brick Oven Ristorante
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The Lobster P
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Lei’s Bar & Grill (formerly The Catfish Gril
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Urban Kitchen Café
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The Sakonnet Fish C
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Viola
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Brick Alley P
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Tito’s Cantina Mexican Grill
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Banana Pudding
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Caffe Dolce Vi
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Rob's Corner Grill
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Napa Valley Gril
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Delicious Dilemma
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Quick Guide to German Wine
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Cherryston
by Bob Mariani

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The Glass Oni
by Bob Mariani

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Gin is Back In
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Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Kosher Wine
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L’Epicureo at The Hotel Providen
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The Lobster Pot
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French Regional Wine Class/Tasti
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The Hi-H
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The Nat. Porter I
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Pane E Vi
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Lot 4
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Persimmon Restaura
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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
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New Sauvignon Blanc
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Oak Restaurant and B
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DeWolf Tave
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Rich Raspberry Swirl Brownies
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The Margarita!
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The Gatehouse Restaura
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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares
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White Rum
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Raphael Bar Ris
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Banana Caramel Fluff
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The Downstairs Bist
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Bananas Foster
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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
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Café Four
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The Grille On Ma
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Amazing Coconut Pie
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The Longhorn Steakhouse
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by Bob Mariani

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The Blue Plate Diner
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44 Hospital Street
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Out to Lunch
Cilantro Mexican Grill

"Hola Gordito!" a Chihuahua-like voice shrieked on the other end of the line. "How are you doing?" Mustering up every bit of resolve I had, I shot back, "I am not ‘fat boy’ and if you want to talk to me, you’d better be nice." "Lighten up and listen before you have a stroke and I have to start bringing you lunch in the hospital," my good friend Oswaldo commanded. "There’s a great new Mexican fast food restaurant downtown. We have to check it out. I’ll pick you up at noon."

We arrived at the Cilantro Mexican Grill just as several commuters from nearby Johnson and Wales University were just settling in to enjoy a relaxing lunch. We managed to find a table and started to peruse the brief but inviting menu. "The options are simple,’ Oswaldo began. "You have to choose either a burrito or some tacos. Then you add some meat, and some toppings and that’s lunch! How’s that for a quick lesson in Mexican cuisine?"

I followed my friend to the counter and listened intently as he rapidly ordered his lunch in his native tongue. "What was all that about?" I asked. "I told the young lady that I was from Bolivia but had just spent two weeks visiting my sister in Guadalajara. I said that I love Mexican food and she told me I was about to enjoy a wonderful treat!" Oswaldo announced. "I hope that she is right."

After a bit of coaxing, I chose a giant flour burrito con carne ($5.74 plus tax), which I chose to have filled with pork carnitas (mild shredded pork), cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans, mango-corn salsa, shredded white cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, red onions and romaine lettuce and hand whipped sour cream.

"Gordito, I wish I had a camera so that I could take a picture of you eating that giant burrito," Oswaldo chuckled. "My mother would just love it. Just look at the size of your burrito. It could feed a village."

While I am not accustomed to eating Mexican food, I did enjoy my luncheon choice. I was surprised to find that the shredded pork - while flavorful - was not as spicy as I thought it would be. The tortilla was light and chewy; the rice presented a tantalizing combination of "hot" and mild and had a refreshing citrus flavor; the pinto beans offered just the right amount of crunch to make my entrée interesting; a few red onions and the lettuce added a healthy twist; and the cheeses and sour cream, which had quickly melted in the short time it took to get my soft drink and to be seated, proved to be a nice contrast to the fiery corn and mango salsa, which was so delightful that I could have eaten it by the pint (only if I had an ample supply of ice water).

"What do you think?" my friend inquired, taking a huge bite out of his burrito. "This is the best Mexican food I’ve tasted north of the border. This is just as good, if not better, than the burrito I enjoyed at the marketplace in Guadalajara."

Oswaldo chose the vegetarian burrito ($5.25), which contained all of the above, sans the meat, plus a generous serving of homemade guacamole. "This is one of the best guacamoles I have ever eaten," my friend observed. "It’s so rich and silky smooth. It tastes so fresh. You might think that the avocados were picked from a tree on Weybosset Street."

Other options include grilled chicken or ground beef, and for those low-carb enthusiasts, Cilantro Mexican Grill offers "the burrito belly" – featuring all the ingredients you’d find in the delicious burrito of your choice with plenty of romaine, but without the corn or whole wheat tortilla. For those who enjoy tacos, any of the menu choices can be served for the same price as a burrito, but in either four crispy corn or three soft flour tacos.

Bottled water, fountain and bottled soda, imported and domestic beers and regular and frozen margaritas are available. While our beverage of choice was a bottle of Sprite ($1.50), Oswaldo wanted to make our lunch into a "real party" with a frozen margarita ($3.99), but decided that he’d wait to enjoy one of the refreshing cocktails on our next visit, perhaps in the evening before a production at the Providence Performing Arts Center. "We’ll start with an appetizer (chips and salsa, $1.99), have a frozen margarita and one of these great burritos and dream that we’re in Mexico," he chuckled. "Who could ask for more?"

Cilantro Mexican Grill is located at 127 Weybosset Street in Providence. For more information call 401-421-8226. The Cilantro Mexican Grill is open Sunday -Thursday 11am -10pm and Friday and Saturday until midnight.

Brian Lowney is a journalist for the Providence Visitor and for the New Bedford Standard Times. He enjoys the wonderful Rhode Island restaurant scene and writing about the cornucopia of outstanding dining and retail food establishments we have been blessed with throughout the region.

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