We suspected we would be happy with our main dishes, and we were right. Johnnie went straight to what was described as hunter style chicken cacciatore ($15). I think it would have been terrific over pasta, but she chose to have it as the optional casserole with vegetables. Apparently it's convenient for hunters when they bag a chicken in the woods to throw it into a red sauce with fresh mushrooms and onions. The pulled pieces certainly had plenty of seasoning and flavor to absorb.

I didn't really have a choice, since the house pork special ($17) had been recommended by several sources. The two boneless broiled chops were nearly an inch thick, though I wish they had been left a little pink inside, since pork has been safe for decades. But plenty of moistness was provided by the pepper-jelly sherry sauce, amplified by the meat juices and topped with fresh mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. On the side were skin-on mashed potatoes and well-garlicked broccoli. Great.

The two desserts, a chocolate bomba ($6) and a chocolate soufflé ($5), weren't kitchen-made, so we passed. Besides, we had overdone it on the eating — which is easy to do at Ralph's.

Bill Rodriguez can be reached at  bill@billrod.com.

Ralph’s Bull & Claw Tavern | 401.722.2624 | 1027 Charles St, North Providence | Wed-Sun, 4:30-9 pm | Major credit cards | Full bar | Sidewalk-level accessible

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