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Haven Brothers

25 Dorrance St., Providence, RI - (401) 861-7777
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/15/2015 10:41:00 AM
As the sun sets over Providence, Haven Brothers drives to the city center and plugs into a lamp post for electricity. No ordinary food truck, this is a real restaurant on wheels, featuring a half-dozen stools around a narrow counter at one end of the truck’s interior. Of course, many customers choose to order Murder Burgers and coffee milk directly from the sidewalk and eat their meals seated on the steps of City Hall. From dusk to dawn, there is always a handful of regulars, inside and out, who keep up a continuous conversation with each other, with new customers, or – if no one will listen – with the voices inside their own heads.

The menu includes sandwiches, including pretty good lobster rolls and steak and cheese sandwich on toast, but most orders are for hot dogs or hamburgers. The dogs are plump and pink, served in soft steamed buns, available with chili and all the usual condiments. The hamburgers are modest-size patties, available from plain to deluxe (lettuce, tomato, mayo, etc.) but devotees of great junk food will have nothing but the Haven Brothers Murder Burger, which is a double topped with every condiment in the house plus bacon and mushrooms. Side a Murder Burger with cheese-glopped French fries and you have a seriously satisfying sidewalk feast.

The most popular beverage at Haven Brothers is coffee milk – like chocolate milk, but flavored with coffee instead. Or you can get a freshly made frappe (the Rhode Island word for a milk shake). Because power from the lamp post into which the diner gets plugged is limited, cabinets are made with a battery-operated mixer!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The famous Murder Burger.
"The famous Murder Burger."
Cliff Strutz





Haven Brothers parks on this spot every day at 5pm and stays until 3am.
"Haven Brothers parks on this spot every day at 5pm and stays until 3am."
Michael Stern


Old-timers like to dine inside Haven Brothers, which has an aromatic ambience reminiscent of the earliest dining cars over a century ago.
"Old-timers like to dine inside Haven Brothers, which has an aromatic ambience reminiscent of the earliest dining cars over a century ago."
Michael Stern


Haven Brothers has several burgers to choose from.
"Haven Brothers has several burgers to choose from."
Cliff Strutz


This menu is posted inside Haven Brothers in the pint-size kitchen across from the half-dozen counter stools.
"This menu is posted inside Haven Brothers in the pint-size kitchen across from the half-dozen counter stools."
Michael Stern


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