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Bites Nearby: Seven Stars Bakery

East Providence has a taste of hip the hip bakery that Providence residents go gaga over.

When I finally moved out on my own, I lived in Providence, exploring what part of the city felt right for me. I moved from the East Side to the West Side a total of six times, three times in each part of town. While both parts of the capital city were very different, they both had one thing in common: a Seven Stars Bakery. And thank goodness for that!

So what does any of this have to do with our darling city of East Providence? Luckily for us, there's a Seven Stars in the ground level of the historic Rumford Center. Yum and yum!

Seven Stars Bakery walks the line between urban chic and good, old-fashioned, home-style food. It's definitely a hip place, but it's not inaccessible to those of us just seeking a great cup of coffee and something substantial to help move us through the day.

Now, let's talk macaroons, okay? If my pre-vegan memory serve me, the coconut macaroons at Seven Stars Bakery are enough to make anyone plummet into a downward spiral of food relapse. Each morning, I'd leave my historic West Side apartment, amble down the streets of my artistically edgy neighborhood to stuff three macaroons in my mouth at the same time. It was the perfect way to start my day.

These days, I find myself eating the focaccia bread. They toast it for you and give it to you in a steel wire bowl with wax paper. No butter needed. Just great bread. The coffee is a bit strong, so if you're into feeling like a regular at Studio 54 (wink wink), you've found your place. For those of us who like a modest boost, cutting it with decaf is does the trick.

On the topic of coffee, Seven Stars makes its ice coffee with optimal value. Instead of using water ice cubes, they use coffee ice cubes. This way your beverage doesn't get diluted, and you can get the most bang for your buck. Pretty sweet.

Seven Stars also has fresh-squeezed O.J. and lemonade for when the weather turns around. If you want more than freshly baked sweets and great coffee, the bakery offers a few staple deli sandwiches for a light lunch.

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