Ogies Trailer Park in Providence helps transport us New Englanders from a dreary wanna-be, faux spring environment to a sunny Floridian trailer park. Part That 70”s Show, part tiki bar, part trailer park. I mean, it kind of sounds like The West End has a lil slice of paradise, eh? And to top it all off, the artwork shows a profound appreciation for cats, and I salute that.
While many a folk come here for the drinks poured into cute little hawaiian-like cups, we came here for the unbeatable comfort food. The outdoor patio sports a tiki bar, a fire pit, picnic tables, and mini trailers. The uniqueness of this place is something that can’t be duplicated.
Our friend Mr. Mortal and his chef friends cooked up some tasty ass goodies. Let me go into great detail here. We started out with the French Canadian Tater Tots; bacon lardons (its like, a step above bacon, FYI), gravy, goat cheese, and topped off with a seasoned fried egg. And if you’re wondering, the yolk was runny, and I can not even emphasize how important that is. Moving on…
We ordered up the Southern Rhody Fried Chicken Sandwich. Again, here are the deets; Doritos fried chicken. I repeat, Doritos fried chicken. Do we all get that? Ok, good. Bacon, mayo, cheddar cheese, marinated tomatoes (that's better than your average), red onion gastrique, leaf lettuce, and a sesame bun. This guy was was juicy yet crispy and packed with flavah. Zang!
On the to next, we grabbed a XL hot dog topped with onions, mustard, and ground beef. Rhode Islanders, heads up. This bad boy is a real contender in the Weiner wars. Finally, we lip-smacked some Mac & Cheese Croquettes. Some of you have read that and asked, well, what exactly is a croquette? Well, it’s typically a breadcrumbed, fried ball of something that varies. Here we have Mac & Cheese croquettes. So therefore, they are panko crusted, and stuffed with a cheddar bechamel (a rich and creamy sauce) and smoked gouda (the best kind of cheese to melt, again, FYI). And to dip (very important), they’re served with bloody mary marinara. Just as a personal side note, I am a huge red sauce fan, and this stuff was revolutionary.
I dont know if it’s the tater tots talking, but Ogie’s really won my heart here. The food was outstanding in all the departments that are important to me. Visually, the food had my drooling like Pavlov’s dogs (is that comment in poor taste? Idk maybe). It looked delicious AF. Texture is also very important to me, the consistency of the tots, the juicy/crispy chicken sandwich, are perfect examples. Finally and most important, the flavor was more jam packed than a girl stuffing a carry on duffle for a week long vacation. Not only was everything seasoned properly, there were flavors that had you wondering what sort of fancy name of this cheese must be, or what kind of sauce was used to marinate. These little details take a standard dish and make it exceptional. Is marinating a tomato for a sandwich topping necessary? No. Does it completely elevate the chicken sandwich? Absolutely, and that is something I can appreciate. So to Mr. Mental, and the rest of the quality chefs over at Ogies, I salute you. Thanks for your work!
Finally, Ogies nails the ambiance in a unique retro way that is inviting and homey. With offerings of weekend brunch as well as a full menu daily, the food is properly done. Not to mention the nightlife crowd that is drawn to this funkadelic spot. So stab a tot on your fork, raise your tiki drink, and cheers.
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