“I can’t breathe” sits in the window of the popular downtown restaurant “North” as they continue to bring attention to racial disparities across the country. This is the first thing that caught my attention as I walked up the steps to the restaurant to retrieve my takeout order, it’s been months since I had one of my favorite menu items, North style Dan Dan Noodles.
To review this restaurant, I chose a few menu items. To begin, we started with a classic off the menu. Tiny house buttermilk biscuits with griddled country ham and rotating mustards. The biscuits were just as I remember, hearty and warm with vinegary mustard. To highlight the variety across the menu, my partner and I chose a few vegetarian and vegan menu options available. As a West Kingston native, I was pleased to see the Blue Oyster Mushroom Bahn Mi featured roasted Blue Mushrooms from the RI Mushroom Company. Along with pickled carrots, cucumbers, basil and an earthy mushroom miso spread, I would make this a top choice for a vegan option. Our favorite menu item this round had to be the charred cabbage and buttermilk. Charred local cabbage from Whitebarn Farm paired incredibly with the tangy buttermilk dressing and husk cherries. In effort to help my partner consume more veggies, this dish will be on our next takeout order.
For our main entrees, we chose the Local Fish Chirashi with Point Judith black bass, steamed rice, nori, scallion, pickled ginger and a sweet fermented grape and corn shoyu. Essentially a deconstructed nori roll, the flavors and the freshness of the black bass was a standout in the meal. We finished with local Baffoni Farms Chili and green onion chicken wings, which come on? Pickled chilis, green onion, garlic and ginger combined for a savory side dish. We got a ½ pound of wings, for which we kicked ourselves for not getting the full pound. After speaking with the manager on shift, she informed me to list any allergies, dietary restrictions or intolerances, and to highlight them in the notes section of the online ordering page “Tock”. The ordering process was very simple and user friendly, and the order was waiting for me as I walked up the steps to the restaurant.
I will leave you with this, if you have a favorite local spot write in and let us know, we’re looking to show as much support as we can and highlight small businesses like this one. If you would like to support North and sister restaurant Big King, the restaurant has started an unemployment fund for their employees through a go fund me page named “north, big king, and The Dean Bar staff fund”.
Written by: Julie Houtchens, MS, RDN, CDOE
North: 122 Fountain St, Providence, RI 02903