I have been all over the U.S. for four decades searching for the perfect hamburger. I've had the original at Louis Lunch in New Haven CT (they claim they invented 'em), and tasted a Trailblazer at the Spar Cafe in Olympia WA; I've had Chipotle burgers in Santa Fe and cheeseburgers in Nunavut, but I have to say, the Stanley Burger is the best darn burger I have ever tasted in all those years. I didn't know about their Central Falls location, but when they opened in Providence, I thought I'd give it a try. I thought it might be one of those fake retro places like Johnny Rockets, but no -- Stanley's is the real thing. If J. Wellington Wimpy really were alive, he would stake out a spot on Point Street and approach every pedestrian, telling them ""I'd gladly pay you Tuesday, for a Stanley Burger today."" Who would have guessed that the answer to a lifelong quest was right in my own back yard! Stanley's uses a small. flattened patty and a blend of onions and pickles that ought to be registered with the US Patent Office -- there's nothing else like 'em!
Pros: Best burgers ever, cool period atmosphere, friendly service
Cons: Tricky to find parking at peak hours