Persimmon Restaurant

With the General Assembly off on winter break this week, On Politics turns its eye towards Rhode Island's other favorite indoor sport, eating in local restaurants.

The James Beard Foundation has nominated  three Rhode Island chefs for their prestigious awards that are known as the Oscars of the restaurant world. The three from the Ocean State nominated as best in the Northeast region are Matt Jennings of Farmstead in Providence; Champe Speidel of Persimmon in Bristol and Benjamin Sukle of Birch in Providence.

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With just 37 seats, Persimmon isn’t one of the largest restaurants in Bristol, but it’s won accolades far and wide for its creative cuisine.

Persimmon is nestled on State Street in downtown Bristol.

We took a visit there as part of our One Square Mile series. The sound of an industrial blower can be heard in the background of Persimmon’s kitchen.