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Sep 19, 2007 01:58 PM

Best Burger in Providence?

Where and why.


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  1. I'm sorry, but we're not dogs here.

    I have no problem recommending something to someone if they ask in a nice matter, but just saying "go" and expecting a response seems a bit rude to me.

    It's like posting a question to a software development mailing list, IRC, or whatnot -- If you don't do at least a little bit of homework first, you probably won't get many replies (at least not a useful one from me -- though I can't really answer your question anyway -- at least not burgers *in providence*).

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    1. re: Keithel

      oh, please! i think it's perfect and to the point, and since we'll be in providence on sat. and sun. and dh's favorite food is a burger, bring it on!

      1. re: Keithel

        um... Sorry I offended you Keithel. It was meant to be a quick to the point post, rather tongue and cheek. Chill out. I know you're not a dog. And I guess i did get some pretty good replies. Thanks to all who helped me out! BTW I also hear East ave Cafe has a good burger. mmmmm...burger

        1. re: bucketfoodsnob

          *nod* I see the err in my ways, and was too quick to react.
          I definitely don't want people to hold back on the fun tongue-and-cheek comments.

          I'm finding a lot of these posts potentially useful and interesting too.

          And I consider this closed - hopefully before the CH moderators come in :)

          1. re: bucketfoodsnob

            East Ave has undergone ownership changes and the food has gone seriously downhill. 8 of us went recently, big hands down.

          1. The Abbey' s Great American Burger hands down.

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              1. re: JaneRI

                What's the Abbey? What's the Abbey!?


                (a totally fine way of making a request for a best burger, imo)

                And my two favorite burgers ever (an apple and an orange, in thier style) are both outside of the city. Crazy Burger (Narragansett) and Beef Barn (N. Smithfield), without hesitation.

                1. re: Moonpie1

                  Ok, ok! sorry I spoke up.
                  I didn't mean to demean so much.

                  1. re: Moonpie1

                    I don't work far from there (west end), I'll def try it!

                    Moonpie, I grew up on BB burgers - a fave of my whole family. Along w/Mezza Luna chicken pizza (from back in the days when putting chicken on pizza sounded nutty).

                    1. re: JaneRI

                      Oh JaneRI, Mezza Luna pizzas! They just don't make 'em like that anymore. My ex-husband did the plaster work in the Beef Barn.His initials are still there somewhere in the silo.

                  2. re: JaneRI

                    It is a pub on Admiral St. across the street from the second location of Lasalle Bakery.

                    It is something a beer bar, with an above average tap selection and an extensive menu of bottles. Given its proximity to PC, it can be overrun by college kids depending on the day of the week/time of day. That being said it remains a great place to catch the game with a burger and a beer.

                    1. re: Frobisher

                      "overrun by college kids"----heh, I resemble(d) that remark (long ago).

                      And yeah, I do know where you mean now----I saw it when I stopped into LaSalle over the summer. Will have to give it a try----our family hits the occasional PC soccer game on the weekend (hockey in the winter) and it's a good opportunity to try it.

                      Jane, you must be from up that way----the husband grew up on Mezza Luna and BB and Ye Olde and Janet's, etc. Chan's is his comfort food. And his first high school job was in a Burger Chef (gag! even as a kid, I knew that was just wrong) right in that same strip (?) near Mezza Luna.

                      1. re: Moonpie1

                        North Smithfield Burger Chef ROCKED. Best fast food around.

                        I still miss Janet's.....the sign is still up next to the now empty lot where the bldg once stood....like it's taunting me. I shouldn't care - my fried clam night now is The Redwood in Mendon (closed for the season now) and a stop at Bangma's Farm on the way home for ice cream.

                        1. re: JaneRI

                          Ooh, I don't know from those places. I'll have to tell him there was at least one person out there that didn't completely skeeve Burger Chef and think he was a dork, working there (or maybe he WAS a dork, but the Chef still rocked, heh).

                          I still get Mezza Luna at my in-laws'. The crust is really good. Are you an NS girl?

                  3. re: Frobisher

                    Finally made it to the Abbey last night and while it was a perfectly nice place to watch the game, have a good beer and have a bite, I have to say I was not impressed by the burger. It was good, but far from great. It was well charred and perfectly cooked to order (medium) but it was remarkably dense and un-juicy. It wasn't a hockey puck or anything, but there was none of the dripping juiciness I look for in a great burger. I think the problem was that the meat was too lean, and too tightly packed.

                    A side note, the buffalo wings were also so-so. Crispy, which is critical, but not saucy enough.

                    1. re: celeriac

                      Good to know - I don't like dense, very lean burgers either. Not my thing.

                      1. re: celeriac

                        Sorry you had a less than satisfying experience. Absence of juicness has never been a problem for me. In fact, I always request a side plate on which to place the burger. Otherwise, the bottom bun turns to mush in the juices that accumate in the basket as I make my way through it.

                        Did you get the Great American Burger or some other variant?

                        1. re: Frobisher

                          I had the Great American. The vast difference between your description and my experience makes me wonder if it is just a consistency issue... maybe their better burger dude has the night off to watch the game too.

                    2. I love the fact you wrote go! I often answer the phone like that when certain friends call me.

                      I can't help you in Providence.