2 Thomas St, Providence, RI | Directions 0290341.827619 -71.408974
Neighborhoods: College Hill
cafe no-klad – this cafe could be amazing. it's located right in the heart of a busy college and professional district of providence. it serves delicious sandwiches and salads.
sadly, the prices are a bit on the high side. not a problem when you know you're getting what you're paying for. however, the pricing and/or portion sizes seem to fluctuate on a whim. for example, there's no option on the menu to add chicken to their classic salad, but it can be done...at about twice the cost to add chicken to the caesar salad. i'm not quite sure how that works, but the worker who was once friendly to me will now no longer look me in the eye since i've questioned that arbitrary pricing. they've also apparently decided to serve slices of their pound cake that are roughly half the size of what they originally sold....only for the same price! not fair to the customer, choklad.
be prepared for a wait if you go in around noontime, though you can call your order in ahead of time. however, there is no system for separating pre-order customers from walk-ins, and i've already been cut in line by someone grabbing a muffin, who was simply too impatient to stand behind me while i waited for my call-in order.
finally, this cafe could be great if it had a little more variety, a menu that had specials for each day perhaps, and i think they could draw a larger college-aged crowd if they were open later than 4pm.
cute cafe – Great little cafe for a quick coffee or lunch.
I've had their brownies, cupcakes, and lunch. Very good.
The only downfall is if you want a good cup of hot chocolate , it's not there! I've tried it a couple of times. It is very very bitter. No sweetness at all, and if you get whip cream your getting a cup that's 3/4 of the way full.
(for $3.) I willl go back but not for a cup of good ol hot chocolate.
Chocolate Expert spills the beans – I had just flown in from Hot Texas. I was visiting RI for a week. On my first day, which was a chilling April morning , did i mention I had just flown in from Austin Tx where it was 85 degrees.I found myself on my own. I began searching for something good and healthy to eat. I ventured to this little cafe and had a big healthly sandwich. I notice the delectable pastries and candies on my right and started to pray for strength. The next day I return for sandwich or soup. Out of the corner of my left eye, I saw them. Proper and tidy they were. They were sitting together. There look to be about six of them sitting there, mocking me. They were quiet. After sneaking a look several times I thought I should just leave quickly. I headed for the door, but my legs started to feel strange, I felt a slight tingling in feet. Then I heard them call me, mock me, my legs felt funny, finally the yelling got louder, they refused to stop. It seem like time stood still, I am sure an hour must have past, well it had to have been at least a few minutes..well okay seconds, but i was bullied and finally force into submission. ... I offer my hand to this pastry. Not just any pastry. This as a croissant filled with rich, sweet and soft Chocolate. Did I say this was not just any choclate, but in a croissant. My gracious, holly superwoman, this was krytinite. I was powerless for the remainer of my trip. Shh!!.. don' t tell...On one day, I have two. It was no use, I was powerless. I can't talk about it anymore.
Go now, run don't walk, they only make 6-8 per day. I wonder if they will mail a box to me....Help me... I need a deversion. Does anyone know if they use Fedex???? Help meeeeeee
Better-than-average sandwiches and delicious treats – This beautiful, cozy cafe serves exceptional sandwiches, thanks to high-quality ingredients such as artisanal breads. The flavor combinations are creative and surprising, such as liver pate and crunchy bacon crumbs on brioche. The breakfast sandwiches are especially rich and tasty. There is always a good choice of baked goods--cookies, brownies, and scones (the three-cheese scone is a delicious savory alternative). In addition, they serve top-notch teas (Harney&Sons) and chocolates.
The only problem with Choklad is the relatively small menu--maybe ten or so sandwiches and four salads, plus daily soup and sandwich specials. This won't be a problem for the occasional patron, who will find plenty of choice. But for regulars, it would be nice to have periodical, more extensive menu changes and new options. Also, sometimes the sandwiches tend to be on the heavy side regarding fillings. If you're into dense, huge piles of ham and cheese, you might enjoy this, but otherwise the result can be overpowering.
On the plus side, the pleasant ambiance, quick service, and the superfriendly owners/managers/staff, who keep their composure and smiles even in the busy lunch hour.
Chocolate is but one sweetener used at this upscale European deli at the base of College Hill. – The Scene
With lace curtains and blonde wood floors, this warm and inviting spot is more French country kitchen than urban American coffeeshop. Bright blue tiles encase the food prep area, while the cozy 30-seat dining room--featuring simple butcher block tables and chairs--is decorated in tasteful greens, reds and blues. Homey touches include a fireplace, rustic chandelier and doilies on the trays delivered tableside by the staff.
Chocolate for lunch? The S'more grilled panini gives permission with semisweet chocolate and marshmallows in a brioche. For a subtler sugar high, Cafe Choklad's classic salad uses sun-dried cranberries and juicy oranges to sweeten its ultra-fresh mixed baby greens and toasted pecans. Tangy honey mustard and homemade cranberry pecan bread add a hint of decadence to the hearty black forest ham and brie sandwich. Ready-made boxes of Elsa Agell chocolates let customers take the toothsome richness home.
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