With signs declaring “A little weird is good” and other affirmations filling the walls while new jack swing music plays overhead, it’s immediately clear that Incred-A-Bowl is an empowering and encouraging space. From the owners’ two young daughters enthusiastically helping out at every turn to the joyful patrons surrounding us, it was hard not to feel like we were entering the home of friends rather than an East Providence cafe.
Community is a big part of the mission at Incred-A-Bowl. Owners Sterling Clinton-Spellman and Russell Spellman originally rolled onto the food truck scene as The Salad Man & Juice Bar in 2013 before changing their name to Incred-A-Bowl, and then, this past October, planted their roots in the new brick and mortar. Now with a solid homebase, the Spellmans can do more of what they’ve always done: bring people together with multicultural food.
Once we were welcomed into the joyful throng, my friend and I scanned a QR code on the front counter to view the menu. Their easy-to-use website also allows for online orders if you’re in a hurry, but I would recommend staying for a while to enjoy the communal atmosphere.
We ordered our drinks and bowls at the counter, starting with the Sanas Sorrel. This floral and fruity drink was tart and sweet with hibiscus tea, ginger, apple, and peach. My friend was a fan of the Pink Paradise Smoothie, a vibrant strawberry blend with coconut water. She described it as “light and refreshing with hints of banana.”
The invigorating bevvies were a nice complement to our main courses. I indulged in the Spicy Kim Noodle Bowl without seeds. This healthy bowl was a mix of crispy onions, chicken, and sauteed vegetables with thick and chewy udon noodles. Seasoned with Asian-inspired sauces and topped with kimchi, it offered a nice spicy kick.
My friend raved about the Mac n Cheese Bowl with tender shredded jerk chicken – the sauce paired wonderfully with the three cheeses, creating a warming union of spicy and creamy. With entrees showcasing flavors from across the world, the next stop on our culinary map was the Korean BBQ Bowl. The rich salty-sweet umami flavors shined in this dish. The marinated beef and soft rice soaked up the teriyaki sauce, making each bite spectacular. To top it off, veggie slaw and an oozing fried egg added a myriad of pleasing tastes and textures.
We left Incred-A-Bowl satisfied and in high spirits, riding the energy of the staff and patrons around us. The cafe more than lives up to its name – it was definitely an incredible experience.
Incred-A-Bowl • 1075 S Broadway, East Providence
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