Classic Southern fry in a Northern city.

By Bethany Graber

As if lifted off a Southern dirt road and transplanted into suburban Providence, Bucktown’s modest exterior is merely a casing for its internal decadence. The young, gifted chef behind the buckets of fried chicken and perfectly crispy fish is Ashley Faulkner, who combines her Southern family recipes with great ingredients to create humble, delicious food. There are New Orleans-style Po’boys, biscuits to be slathered in honey butter, classic sides like the Collard Greens or Mac and Cheese, and the homemade Sweet Tea to wash it all down. And the final flourish is the sole dessert: Dee’s Banana Pudding served in an individual-size pie tin (trust us—you won’t want to share).


471 West Fountain Street, Providence, RI

  • Must Have

Fish Plate

The fish of the day with a traditional cornmeal crust, a choice of sauce (we suggest the remoulade), and two sides is the epitome of what Bucktown is all about.

  • Insider Tip

Who doesn’t love dollar oysters? Monday Night Raw at Bucktown often features local varieties, best paired with a local Narragansett beer.

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