Restaurants in Providence, RI

Providence is the heart of New York System hot dogs, a style of weenie and weenie service unknown elsewhere. They are little dogs in little buns dressed with ultrafine-grind chili sauce, mustard, and onions, plus a sprinkle of celery salt. Counter men prepare them systematically by lining up all the dogs in buns and dressing them assembly line style. The line-up may be along a prep area, but the way an old-time dog man does it is to array a dozen of the dogs from wrist to shoulder, adding chili, mustard, and onions to each with lightning speed. Hence the common local description of New York System dining: “wieners up the arm.” The only proper accompanying libation is coffee milk. For seriously good Italian-American food, there are few places in the Northeast with more and better choices than the area in the heart of Providence known as Federal Hill.

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