MG and I were off for a little break with a long weekend on Cape Cod. We decided to stop in at Harry’s Bar and Burger along the way. It met all my requirements for a quick stop on a car trip:
1. Near the highway
2. Good reviews
3. Respectable prices
It turns out that Harry’s is very popular with the college students of the area. There were a number inside, some with portfolios under their arms, some complaining about classes, and some people that were just clearly of that age. However, it was not a complete college bar as the front area was filled with people old enough to have college kids of their own.
Harry’s boasts an impressive beer list, but since I was on a road trip and only stopping in for a quick bite, I was not ingesting any beer. A shame, because there were a few microbrews that I would have been glad to try out.
MG got the Bacon Cheeseburger ($5.29). (But there are two burgers in the photo above.) That’s right, each order equals two burgers.
Here is a point of contention amongst purists. Harry’s calls their burgers “sliders”. As I understand it, a slider, by definition, must not only be small, but must be finished atop a bed of onions when cooked on a griddle. These burgers were smaller than average (more on that later), but they did not look or taste to be finished atop a bed of onions. They are served on a potato roll with shredded lettuce, pickle, and special sauce (Russian dressing/Thousand Island/some pink looking thingamagig). The burgers are thin, but not much thinner that the average fast food patty, and while a little smaller than full size, they are clearly bigger than burgers from the famous sliders chain.
…and these were good.
We were not asked how we would like our burgers cooked, and they came out a very nice medium. These was just a sliver of pink in the middle. Unless you need your burger well done, just let it ride. The bacon was standard supermarket fare, but was properly cooked without becoming too crispy or chewy.
I got the Double Wide ($6.69), a cheeseburger order with additional patty and slice of cheese. It was simply super. Though they are smaller than average, a standard order at Harry’s will definitely satisfy the most hearty of eaters, especially if paired with a side order.
The Sweet Potato Fries ($2.59) are super. There is some form of sauce called a Kryptonite Aoili that is paired with the order. They went together well enough, but the fries are so good, they don’t need any help.
The Haystack Onion Strings ($3.59) are super thin and crunchy. I got the queasy, filled-with-oil feeling after a little bit, but what did I expect? They’re onion strings. Served with a chipotle Ketchup, the side order is a monster-sized dish that I dare say is too much for one. Nevertheless, it’s great. If you need some onion, order this without hesitation.
To top it all off, we were there during Harry’s Happy Hour, so our burgers were half-priced. That’s a pretty hard deal to top. Even at full price, for the quality and portions, Harry’s would have been a steal. Since our waitress was exceptionally nice and attentive, I made sure to make up the regular price on top of her tip.
Should you find yourself driving through Rhode Island on Interstate 95 and need a burger, stop in at Harry’s.
Harry's Bar and Burger
121 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903