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Jan 24, 2007 06:24 AM

Providence-In Search of The Best Burger

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find the best burger in Providence and/or surrounding areas?
Thanks in advance...

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  1. Depends on what type of experience you're looking for. The burger at La Laiterie is very good, but fairly high-end, certainly, so it depends on if that's what you're going for. But it's a huge ball of very high quality Vermont beef with a slice of some incredible cheese (type changes--blue was great) and, if you so desire, slices of house made dry cured bacon. Plus pickled onions on the side. Yum. Only downside is that their polenta fries are fine, but not as good as, well, fries.

    At a more reasonable price, but still not cheap, Meeting St Cafe makes a pretty good burger, although I think I remember it being a big low on fat for my taste... also no fries, which is a bummer. Again, good quality natural meats, if that matters to you.

    I don't know of a great rich, fatty "normal" burger though--I'd love to know who makes a great one as well.

    1. I'd recommend the Ivy Tavern on Hope St. They make a big, juicy burger, and lightly grill the bun with butter. It is excellent, my favorite so far in Providence. Had the burger at La Laiterie but they slightly over cooked it, so that kind of ruined it. Fries at the Ivy are just so-so, though.

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      1. For an "upscale" burger, I'd recommend the one at Red Stripe. I've had it a couple of times, large, juicy, cooked just right, and great fries (with aioli!).

        For a cheap, fun, burger experience, I'd recommend Stanley's in Central Falls. It's a real throw back, 50's type atmosphere, thin burger, grilled onions, good fries, very inexpensive.

        1. i completely agree with la laiterie, red stripe, and ivy tavern. i would actually add the burgers at paragon to the list, both because i really like the fries and because the burgers themselves are really wonderfully charred on the outside, juicy on the inside, and the toppings are all quite yummy.
          the eponymous burger at jake's is also quite good.
          whatever you do, don't believe the stupid johnny rockets people when they tell you they make the best burger in rhode island. it's awful.

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          1. re: ginqueen

            Oh yeah, I totally forgot because I dislike the place itself so much, but the burgers at Paragon are indeed pretty perfect, and their fries are probablyt the best in Providence. I haven't been there in a minute, but I might have to brave it sometime soon..

          2. If your looking for a greasy spoon, burger joint, you can't beat Stanley's:


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            1. re: Sean

              Anyone know if Stanley's second location (Jewelry district - near Jake's) had opened yet?

              1. re: a l i c e

                I have not been down that way in a while. I know that they were supposed to be opening in the jewelry district in Providence. There is no mention of it on their website.

                1. re: a l i c e

                  Not yet. Not even close either. Construction is progressing slowly from what I can tell.

                  1. re: a l i c e

                    It seems that Stanley's PVD is now open (across from Rick's Roadhouse i the Jewelry District). Anyone been yet?

                    1. re: digga

                      Went the other night. Can't comment about the burgers, since my husband and I got veggie burgers. Great, bitter homemade lemonade, meh onion rings, good veggie burgers,bad service.

                      The whole experience was kind of odd. The place was dead, the waitress was wacky, we waited a long time for the food and onion rings came out a good ten minutes before the burgers (which we saw sitting on the line being ignored by the waitress for a few minutes). Strangely, we got the bill before the food. We wanted to add grapenut pudding, but the waitress seemed so frazzled we just left.

                      The music and decor are off, too. We hit a block of Elton John ballads while we were there, which seemed strange. They're really trying to hard on the decor, too. It's all tacky-cartoony. <Shrugs>

                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                        That's really disappointing to hear, esp from a trusted RI hound. Well, I suppose we'll give it a whirl anyway. It's great to know that they have veggie burgers (were they any good?) since I don't eat red meat but my DC does. I think the original CF location is known for their French fries. I wonder if they are still good at the PVD location? Anyway, a quick burger at Stanley's followed by beer and pool at Rick's across the could have worse nights than that!

                        1. re: digga

                          The burgers were Morning Star, I believe. My issues with Morning Star products aside, the burgers were pretty good. I agree it's a plus that they offer a veggie burger at all.

                          I think our real issue was with the service. We were literally the only table in the place and the waitress just seemed so frazzled. She truly was either on drugs or insane. I also don't understand why she'd give us the bill before we got the food. I understand this isn't fine dining, but it IS a sitdown restaurant. I'm sure people get dessert, or another side order of fries/rings, etc. Dropping off the bill that early seems counterproductive and really gives off an unwelcoming vibe.

                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                            Morningstar? Oh boy...I bet we have the same issues. I guess it was too much to hope that they made their own veggie burgers. sigh....thanks for elaborating. The service issues are weird, too.