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Five best places to eat in Providence if you're progressive: The insider's guide to #NN12

Headed to Netroots Nation? Here's are five bars, restaurants, and cafes to check out within walking distance of the Rhode Island Convention Center. Oh, and if you want to sound like a local, it's "DownCity," not "downtown."

1) Tazza, 250 Westminster St. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, beer and some upscale hipster ambience. Don't sleep on the bocci courts across the street.

2) Salon, 57 Eddy St. As close as we get to New York. Quirky, nifty drinks, quality DJs, underground dance scene

3) Wild Colonial, 250 S. Water St., Classic New England tavern. Beer, beer, beer. Host of Providence Drinking Liberally's welcome to Rhody shindig tonight (6/6)

4) Small Point Cafe, 230 Westminster St., Good coffee, politically correck, a favorite spot for Occupy Providence

5) Cuban Revolution, 50 Aborn St., Revolutionary art for all you socialists; Cuban sandwiches; and check out Shepard Fairey's "Providence Industrial Bilt" mural just behind it

More, you say? Try Craftland to pick up some nifty local art and design. There's good upscale-ish food at Local 121 and pub food at Trinity Brewhouse. Check out black cultural mecca Roots Cafe, gay bar Stable, and hipster Mexican restaurant Viva Mexico. Still read books? Try Symposium Books and Cellar Stories. And if you want an absurdly good brunch this weekend in the heart of hispter Providence, head to Nick's on Broadway. But don't expect to walk there.

SEE ALSO: Your Guide To Netroots Nation 2012

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