After being cooped up at home for months, a trip to Block Island broke our stay-at-home seal. While staying at home is still the safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, people are beginning to go stir-crazy. While it is still best to stick to outdoor activities like hiking, there are pubs like Camp Nowhere that are doing their best to re-open while keeping their customers safe.
Camp Nowhere is a fun little pub in North Providence, Rhode Island. Although they always had a nice little outdoor seating area, they have expanded it. For the price of a few parking spots, they now have a much bigger seating area with picnic tables spaced far apart from each other. The staff was very diligent when it came to wearing masks, keeping their distance while taking orders, and serving food. They also thoroughly sterilized the entire picnic table the moment anyone left. It was impressive and comforting!
They are known for their amazing deals and a menu that offers a great selection of food and drinks for just $3.50 each! Their food menu includes sliders, fried cheese, and desserts such as fried Twinkies and s’mores. Vegans beware – there isn’t much that isn’t covered in meat or cheese. They do have an eggplant slider that you can order without the cheese. But it probably isn’t vegan either.
The drink menu is even more impressive! They have so many fun cocktails, wines and beers. They have draft beers that change weekly so I expected there to be one or two options. To my delight, they had at least six! They also have shots for $5 and a fishbowl for $22 that serves four people! What we didn’t realize is that you can turn any cocktail into a fishbowl! Although their featured three all sound and look delicious. We went for the trashcan and it was sweet, tasty and dangerous because it did not taste alcoholic at all – until we stood up after splitting one between two people.
Camp Nowhere offers their great $3 deals on food and drinks all day every day! They are open between 4 PM and 1 AM Monday – Friday. On weekends they have longer hours and open from 12 PM to 1 AM. Currently, you need to make a reservation online or via phone to reserve a spot. They do offer some indoor seating and they do their best to keep everyone safe inside as well.
James Rutkovsky is the mastermind behind Camp Nowhere, which opened in June 2016. It was voted by BestFoodRI as the best slider joint in Rhode Island! They have raving reviews on Yelp and Google.
“We modeled the restaurant after a log cabin, and we used reclaimed wood from original Providence and Pawtucket mill buildings. We built our bar, tables, and even wooden chopping blocks by hand.”James Rutkovsky
My Experience at Camp Nowhere
I loved Camp Nowhere! I expected it to be a little dingier and I underestimated their commitment to keeping everyone safe. Not only did I feel perfectly comfortable despite being out during a pandemic, but I also loved their drinks. We also tried the eggplant sliders, which were too greasy for my liking but Isaac ordered seconds. I can’t wait to come back and try their desserts and more of their cocktails.
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