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Weekend: Providence, RI

Weekend: Providence, RI
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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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3 Responses to Weekend: Providence, RI

  1. Denise Chamie January 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    I am looking forward to my next visit back to my Home State and City….Thanks for the memories and thanks for loving RI so much…………

  2. Michelle Brenholtz March 3, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    RI is great! And if you are one of those people who like fancy food chains or something you might have heard of, they have The Cheesecake Factory, Fire and Ice and Uno Chicago Pizzeria right on the street level of Providence Place. I am not a big chain person but Fire and Ice is an awesome experience. You pick your meet, your sauce and veggies and they stir fry it up for you right there. Lots of selections and options. And who can resist the cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory? Tons of variety but expect a wait if there during a busy time. Enjoy!

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