Tom’s BaoBoa

The idea of finding a Chinese steam bun cafe in downtown Providence, Rhode Island was something that never crossed my mind but once the cafe was seen I just had to go in and give it a try.

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Tom’s Bao Bao is a Chinese Chain that has has recently been expanded to the united States with a location in Cambridge, MA and Providence, RI. The Rhode Island Store that I stumbled opened this past August. I wont lie, the reason I decided to step into the restaurant was because of the view. I was able to see the handmade dumplings being crafted and filled.

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The design of the restaurant is very sleek and modern and the menu extremely simple. With there currently being 5 Bao Offerings; Pork, Chicken, Curry Beef, Vegetarian, and A Seasonal Lobster. Seating is available near the workstations so customers can view the steam bun making process as well as the rest of the restaurant. Because the bao is made ahead of time once you order you immediately receive your buns. I ordered the Curry Beef and Chicken Buns. Both were delicious, warm, and hearty.

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So if you happen to be in downtown Providence be sure to stop by Tom’s BaoBao and see what the hype is about!

Riverside Hot Pot

For those of you in the DMV, I’m sure you understand when I say this area has been going through some things. We are in May, but the weather has been unusually nippy and the sun has been on hiatus for, what feels like, months. Because being outside wasn’t a top choice a friend and decided to try Chinese hot pot at Riverside Hot Pot.

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Located in Gaithersburg, the restaurant has a casual intimate feel that immeadiately makes you feel welcome. Once seated the waiter presents you with a checklist for your selection of the broth base (for the soup), meats, veggies, and add-ins. While the soup add-ins are shared, each diner has an individual hot pot. Allowing for personalized soups with endless choices from the menu of more than 24 items. That and the fact that the restaurant is all you can eat (Yayyyy!!!!) made it amazing!

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Once we made our selections it was a matter of waiting. But it was definitely worth it! Initially the two of us were overwhelmed the amount of food, because we ordered pretty much everything on the menu. But once we started eating it was a wrap.

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So if you’re looking for a great place to eat and a new experience to try. Stop over at Riverside Hot Pot.
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