Olneyville New York System

Hot wieners at all hours of the day.

By Bethany Graber

This no-frills institution has been serving the masses of Providence—from the college kid to the workingman to anyone who wanders through the door—with a smile and some snark for the past 70 years. In 2014, the James Beard Foundation honored the spot with an America’s Classics Award, recognizing Olneyville as essential to the fabric of Providence’s food culture. You’ll want to cozy up to the counter and order a wiener (not a hotdog) “all the way,” which arrives replete with mustard, meat sauce, chopped white onions, and a sprinkle of celery salt; French fries (to be topped with cheese, chili, ketchup, or all of the above); and the essential Rhode Island element: coffee milk (coffee syrup + milk = joy). Best of all, Olneyville is open well past midnight—till 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends—for whenever a craving strikes.

Olneyville New York System

18 Plainfield Street, Providence, RI

  • Must Have

Two wieners “all the way”

You won’t see this written on a menu—but ask for it, because just one dog—or two dogs without fixins—is never enough. Make sure to pair it with some coffee milk.

  • Insider Tip

For those leaving Rhode Island but not ready to leave behind Olneyville: They will prep your order in un-steamed buns and provide microwave-reheating instructions so you can take the experience home.

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