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Cafe Paragon Restaurant Review: Why visit Providence and not try to eat as the students do? Café Paragon is a good place to start, and always filled with a young and eclectic group from Brown and RISD. The mid-size room is wrapped in windows and peers straight onto the throbbing Thayer Street scene. Inside the crowd is so loud and lively that it's almost possible to overlook the kitchen's healthy and flavorful renditions of Mediterranean and American staples. The menu falls under the something-for-everyone category. Salads are affordable and flavorful, such as the Caesar and the Avocado Roma (Gorgonzola, red onions, avocado, tomatoes). Fried calamari, crab cakes and saku sushi tuna are all appetizers worth sharing. Entrées are simple --- boneless short ribs with a red-wine demi glace, salmon marinated in soy and ginger --- but more often than not bypassed for the many bountiful pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. Stay late enough, and you may find yourself in a nightclub on weekends.