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    Posted January 4, 2013 by
    Providence, Rhode Island
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    100 places to eat like a local

    Haven on Earth

    On a typical night, your fellow diners could very well include local college students procrastinating reality following an evening at the bars, a politician or two, and even a party of wedding-goers from a nearby hotel.

    They sit on the few stools available, spill outside in any weather, and patiently form a line out the door, stretching from 5 p.m. until the early morning hours, when the small kitchen aboard the Haven Brothers Diner calls it a day.

    To call Haven Brothers a “food truck” would be accurate, if a bit misleading. In actuality, it’s a mobile diner that has been parking outside of city hall in Providence, R.I. since 1888. What started as a horse-drawn lunch cart is now a stainless steel flatbed, towed by a semi-trailer truck. Providence is actually the birthplace to the diner, and an exhibit to this American icon can be seen at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University in town.

    And though the history is tasty, the best part of Haven Bros. is what comes out of it: Hamburgers, greasy and good, hotdogs with the works, milkshakes blended to perfection. It’s no wonder it’s a favorite for locals from all walks of life.
    This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure:  100 places to eat like a local
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