We have been big fans of Paul Shire since the first time we ate at his eclectic Downcity diner on Weybosset St.
When he opened Roi recently on Richmond St. in Providence’s “Knowledge District,” we followed the meatloaf recipe and the Maryland crab cakes to the quaint downstairs restaurant.
Paul and partner Paul Roidoulis have now extended their dynasty of “2 Pauls Good Food” to the Six Corners area of East Providence, at 315 Waterman St., former home of Joe’s Family Restaurant, where they are concentrating on offering quality comfort food in an informal setting at reasonable prices.
While offering an innovative new menu, Shire brought his signature meatloaf over the Washington Bridge, along with those tasty crab cakes. If you haven’t tried the two dinners, you must start with them. This is one of those restaurants where you are inspired to return and go through the entire menu.
To add to the fun, they offer daily specials. Lucky for Joyce, last Thursday was beef stroganoff, a favorite dish that she hadn’t had in some time. When the waiter brought two enormous dishes of the special to the next table and the couple complemented the chef, she knew what she wanted.
The braised beef melted in your mouth (of course I tried it). A heavenly combination of beef, mushrooms, sour cream and chives served over buttered fresh egg noodles was as good as it gets.
I chose the pan roasted cod, two large pieces of fresh cod baked with roasted potato in a white wine broth, with saffron, capers, olives and plum tomatoes, giving it a distinctive Portuguese taste. ($16.95).
Menu items run from franks (Saugys) and beans with cole slaw, corn bread and baked beans for $10.95 to chicken pot pie. (Shire says it is one of their biggest sellers), macaroni and cheese (which is on our list for next time), to great burgers, homemade soups and salads and shepherd’s pie.
The most expensive item on the menu is the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and vegetables for $21.95. Shire always goes for that extra touch. The traditional beef pie has carrots, onions, peas, whipped potatoes and thyme.
We stopped recently to try their appetizers, enjoying the calamari, Jamaican chicken wings and Grandma’s eggplant, lightly breaded with Shire’s delicious marinara sauce. We topped it off with huge, moist Satay Chicken Skewers with peanut sauce.
2 Pauls has a small, well-stocked bar separate from the dining room. Wines start at $5 a glass and $25 a bottle and they have Narragansett on tap. The bartender features some exotic original cocktails.
2 Pauls serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Check them out at www.2paulsgoodfood.com.