North leaves an impression on you. While I recall the food being scrumptious, comforting, and completely restorative when I visited North 3 years ago, what I really remember and savored was the hospitality and humility of it all. They’ve changed locations, but their humility, hospitality, and amazing food (brown buttered monkfish and grilled squid!) is still what makes North a true favorite in Providence.
To be frank, RI-style chowder does not have the best curb appeal. It’s a bleak and grey looking soup. There’s not much color or contrast. And because it is light broth, all of the “goods” in the soup sink to the bottom. It makes sense why you don’t see this type of soup all over Instagram. HOWEVER, it does have great flavor!
Craig Fear (a fellow a-fish-ionado in western Mass and cookbook author) and I embarked to Providence with an edible “wish list”. Craig’s wish list included 1) experience a couple of variations of the Rhode Island-style chowder as research for his new cookbook on seafood soups, and 2) check out Providence’s hottest new club - I mean fish market! It’s called Fearless Fish Market.