You know that we enjoy eating at local restaurants. That’s why we check our app for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives locations near us as we move from place to place. We can be sure of getting local flavor and good food at the same time. While we were in Rhode Island it was the first time we’d been in an area with multiple Triple D restaurants. Over the course of ten days we had four meals at three different places. So if you find yourself in this area do give them a try.
Our first stop (and second) was in Narragansett, RI about 2 miles from our campground at Fishermens Memorial Park. This popular spot is Crazy Burger. Even in the off season on a Tuesday night we arrived just in time to grab the last table. After that there was a waiting line for 20+ minutes. I chose the same thing that Guy ate, the Luna Sea burger. We’d just seen this segment on TV and thought it looked good. It’s a salmon burger with pistachios and a great sauce. I can’t remember what I had except that it was good and “Sum kinda” burger. In fact I’m not sure what I had last night! They don’t have a liquor license so we had raspberry lemonade but you can brown bag if you desire. The next morning power was out at the campground for the second time in as many days. We went back to Crazy Burger for breakfast. This time our only seating option was at the bar as it was already crowded. I remember what I ate this time, cinnamon roll French toast with blueberry syrup. Yum! My selection was a vegetarian omelet with spinach, goat cheese and lots of other great stuff. Being a juice bar we tried mango peach juice and REAL fresh squeezed OJ. (Opal – its been so long since I’ve had a chance to get on the computer I thought you might have forgotten me.) And they brought home leftovers for me, of course.
Later we’ll post about our drive to the Providence area. There is a section in town called Federal Hill that was the predominantly Italian neighborhood in the early 1900s. Atwells Avenue is the entrance to the area and has a large arch with a pineapple (symbol of hospitality). Here we found Angelo’s Civita Farnese. This is the second oldest restaurant in Federal Hill and the oldest one continuously operated under the same family. I had their featured beef and peppers while Chari had pasta. The bread was delicious as was the soup we had for an appetizer. They weren’t very busy on this weekday night so we talked with our waitress about being RVers, our blog and trying Triple D places. Later the manager came over and spent about 20 minutes with us. She told us more about the history of the restaurant and that it had been renovated a few years ago to look like the original 1924 decor. They still use the same recipes that the original Angelo used. The owner now is the husband of the founder’s granddaughter. Angelo’s daughter still lives in the only remaining single family home on Atwells Avenue, across the street from the restaurant. She told us that during the Depression when local workers needed cheap, hearty food they started serving meatballs with french fries. Even today if you order meatballs this is the way they are served. If you order meatballs and spaghetti you get meatballs, spaghetti on the side and fries. They only put the meatballs on spaghetti if the customer requests it. She also told us about Guy Fieri’s visit and how the show is filmed.
Our last spot was in Fall River, MA just across the state line. We were on our way back to Rhode Island from New Bedford, MA (another post in waiting). This took us to a small diner car turned restaurant called Patti’s Pierogis. It’s the kind of place you’d probably drive right by and not notice unless someone told you about the great food there. Fall River like so many of the towns in this area thrived when the textile mills and docks were in their hay day. Immigrants from many countries flooded this area bringing their culture and food specialties with them. A large Polish population was one. I had to go on Google Translate to find out what Bardzo, Bardzo Dobry meant. As we can attest, it means very, very good. We chose the international sampler platter of pierogis plus some sausage. This left us much too full to try any dessert. The manager at Angelo’s had told us to try the Fluffer Nutter pierogi. These two restaurants had been on the same show so the Angelo’s folks had come down to try food at Patt’s.
One our way back to the car we took a couple of quick pics of a very photogenic church that does have an eastern European style to it.