March 8, 2010

Stanley's Famous Hamburgers

stanley's sign
371 Richmond Street
Providence, RI
(401) 270-9292

There's always room for milkshakes and fries! So after samples and stories with Rhody Food Tours at the Providence Athanaeum (check out Erin's post) we headed to Stanley's in Providence's Jewelry District for their famous stanleyburgers and some Quebec fries (what they call "poutine" in Quebec or "disco fries" in New Jersey, my home state).  
stanley's poutine
{Stanley's Quebec Fries}
Stanley's menu tells us that "in 1932, a Polish immigrant named Stanley F. Kryla had a dream: to make an honest, affordable hamburger." Stanley opened his restaurant in Central Falls during the Great Depression, offering fine and affordable comfort food. Stanley's dream lives on with a new owner since 1987, Gregory Raheb, and has expanded to include more selection on the menu and this second location in Providence.
stanley's milkshake
{Stanley's Chocolate Milkshake}
Though we couldn't speak with Stanley himself, our server sometimes tells the late-night drunk crowd that he is Stanley. We were happy to learn about some of his experiences having worked there for almost a year.  He shared with us the favorite item on the menu - the famous stanleyburgers served with grilled onions and pickles, which people often order in 2's or 3's as they are small, tasty and cheap (only $1.99).  The chili cheese fries are the favorite among the late-night drunk crowd. (Stanley's in Providence stays open until 2am Thursday-Saturday.)  Our server had recently stopped eating beef and pork, so the menu of edible options was shortened. Luckily, Stanley's serves a "bomb" veggie burger that he enjoys.  
stanley's burger
{Stanleyburger and fries}
Having sampled many disco fries in New Jersey, discovering these gravy drenched fries covered in melted mozzarella here at Stanley's in Providence was a perfect way to kick off my search for delicious and cheap Rhode Island diners and dives.


  1. Yay for Stanley's! Adrian, I recommend you check out Olneyville New York System Hot Weiners. Sounds right up your alley.

  2. I was a little afraid of the Quebec fries (mostly because I eat vegetarian 90% of the time and dairy and I are not friends), but they were surprisingly awesome! I only got through 1/4 of the small plate, but I was proud of myself for trying them!


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