Price Range : Under $10 ($)
Adress: 937 Broad St, Providence, RI 2905
Phone: (401) 941-4610
- turned_in_notHealth Score84 out of 100
- list_altTakes ReservationsNo
- credit_cardAccepts Credit CardsNo
- thumb_upGood ForLunch
- local_parkingParkingStreet, Private Lot
- directions_bikeBike ParkingYes
- accessibilityGood for KidsYes
- groupGood for GroupsYes
- volume_upNoise LevelAverage
- turned_in_notGood For Happy HourNo
- transit_enterexitOutdoor SeatingNo
- tvHas TVYes
People, why is it that people don't tell me about places like this until I've been here for 4 years? It makes me wonder how many other places there are around that I'm missing out on. La Gran Parada is an exciting bustling restaurant located by the Rhode Island Hospital. Some might call it a hole in the wall but let's be real, it's much bigger than most restaurants in Providence.
La Gran Parada or the Great Stop that showcases Dominican food. People of all backgrounds come here for the food but you'll see many of the local Spanish speaking communities make up most of the line. If you get here right at lunch or dinner time, expect to be waiting in line for a while which winds through the restaurant and out the door. They have their own parking lot but most people park on the street.
It's cafeteria style so you select between a medium or large container. I believe they are $6 and $8. You choose your form of starch which may be white rice, yellow rice or mofongo which is a plantain ball with some of your favorite meats inside. You can also get a special request for fried green bananas which are not sweet at all and perfectly compliments the other foods. Then you choose your meats but might I recommend getting the beef stew or la res guisada. Delicious and ask for sauce on top of your rice! If you're not watching your cholesterol or even if you are, you should get the chicarron de cerdo. It's fried pork belly that you buy by the pound. It's crunchy flavorful and awesome! To top it all off, you should also get the passionfruit drink MMMM
You get a LOT of food. I have a huge appetite and I think that most of the boxes they have can feed 3 people with large appetites. It's cheap but remember they only take cash no check or card! This is a must try in the area so you better get moving!
Have to say it's probably the cleanest and largest layout for this type of restaurant in the area.
I just don't understand their system of ordering and how back asswards that whole process is.
It's the slowest process.
It's so excruciating to stand waiting in the line that never seems to move. Forget about going on a lunch break, you'll never have enough time to order and eat before your time runs out when you have to be back to work.
I do have to say they do have the largest selection of prepared food ready to be served compared to the competition.
The combo I ordered with the oxtail was good along with large mondongo cost me $25.00
Which seemed a little high.
And I have to say the mondongo at Piti's is much better.
Came for breakfast. Not too impressed. Was possible. Came at 8am and the food looked like it was sitting in the steam tables a while. They have scrambled and fried eggs precooked and don't make them fresh
Good place to eat if in the mood for Dominican food. If you don't like waiting or want a certain type of food before it sells out it's better to call for a pick up.
This buffet-style restaurant is a great deal for authentic Dominican food! There's no menu posted inside the restaurant, but basically you can order 3 sizes of food: $4, $6, or $8 (unless you get something like the oxtail stew that is more expensive). The medium size was still so huge and plenty for two meals for me. The fried sweet plantains are amazing! The boiled yuca with pickled onions is really tasty too. Definitely check it out if you're in the Broad St. area, and come HUNGRY!