Weekend: Providence, RI
We ate hot dogs for lunch — but don’t laugh, because these were no ordinary wieners. At Spike’s Junkyard Dogs we learned a thing or two about teaching an old frank new tricks. The signature “Junkyard Dog” is topped with pickles, spicy peppers, house-made mustard, and scallions — not for the faint of heart. Sauerkraut, teriyaki sauce, and buffalo-wing sauce and blue cheese are also on the menu. Or, for the purists among you, try one au naturel for a fresh taste of one of these smoky, spicy, 100 percent beef (no fillers, no sweeteners) wonders.
With the car packed, our last meal was at newcomer Temple Downtown, just steps from the Rhode Island state house. A curved, candlelit entrance winds into an elegant dining room, serving a menu created with locally sourced ingredients. Traditional stuffed clams get along well with tempura-battered, deep-fried broccoli rabe and thin, crispy steak frites. Were it not for the long ride ahead, we would have delved more deeply into the extensive wine and cocktail list, as well. Divine Providence indeed …
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