The Ladd Observatory is surprising. There are a few rooms on the ground floor packed with astronomical photographs and vintage instruments, including a brass orrery with 7 planets. Upstairs is a large deck packed with students and various telescopes pointed around the sky. I’ve never been there with less than 6 staff on hand to explain the machines or the subject matter. Of course the main attraction is the big telescope under the dome. Last week we had an excellent view of Saturn–rings and all.
Open Tuesday at night when the weather permits
Observatory Lane & Hope Street
I definitely have mourned the loss of Farmstead, which had been my favorite Providence restaurant until chef Matt Jennings moved back to Boston (the horror).
That’s really my only excuse for taking so long to make it to The Salted Slate, which took its place in Wayland Square.
However, I was pleasantly surprised on our visit for brunch. The dishes we tried ranged from the savory, like the wedge salad with iceberg lettuce, pear tomatoes, bacon, and bleu cheese dressing, to the sweet such as the bag of warm doughnuts (what’s not to love there) and a French Toast made from brioche topped with sweet strawberries and orange chantilly cream.
I still miss Farmstead, but I’m glad to discover its worthy replacement, which will easily top my list of East Side brunch spots.