I love the feeling of finding a new favorite grub spot. As a food blogger, it’s my job to dine out at different restaurants in order to continuously provide new content, but it makes it difficult when I find a place I can’t get enough of. About a month ago, I discovered Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern. Since then, I have already been back several times. Let me just say this: every single dish I’ve tried has left me dreaming about it at night. Lately, I can’t find a reason to venture anywhere else!
Blackie’s is a small, cozy pub bursting with attitude. Take for example, the lime green walls and funky decor. On the other hand, there are also tall columns and elegant wood-framed paintings that dress up the dining room. At times, the interior feels like a bit of an identity crisis, but it’s all quickly forgotten once the menu is opened. Blackie’s specializes in comfort food elevated to a higher level and then kicked up another notch. Creativity and quality are the two most important ingredients on the menu, and from my experience, apparently you can’t go wrong with anything you order!
I urge you to try the “Breakfast Burger” (shown in main picture above). This sinister creation is topped with bacon, American cheese, brown sugar maple mayo, a fried egg, and served on buttery white toast. This is easily one of the best burgers you will find anywhere in Rhode Island. All of the breakfast flavors jive together to create the ultimate, sweet and savory burger. I even ordered the Breakfast Burger two visits in a row (which is something I rarely do anywhere). It was amazing!
Blackie’s changes their menu seasonally. Feeling a bit Fall–ish, I opted for their soup of the day which was “Butternut Squash and Granny Smith Apple Bisque”. It was like a delicious cross between soup and apple sauce, but just the right consistency. This soup even inspired me to try to recreate it at home.
Another popular appetizer is the “Junkyard Nachos”. Mounds of tortilla chips were neatly stacked and smothered with tangy, pulled pork and rich, cheddar cheese. They don’t use cheese wiz at Blackie’s. Oh no, this was some quality cheddar cheese melted to create a molten layer of gooey goodness. This generous portion could easily serve 4 people. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Another unforgettable sandwich is the Grilled Salmon BLT. After seeing this on the menu, I was instantly intrigued. This BLT contains all your usual ingredients plus salmon, avocado and roasted garlic lemon mayo. The toasted ciabatta bread was perfectly firm and crusty and held up well against the other components. This sandwich was unexpectedly clean and light as opposed to more traditional, buttery BLT’s. Highly recommended!
For dessert, we ordered the “Carrot Cake Ice Cream Sandwich”. Although not exactly a hand-held sandwich, layers of moist carrot cake and vanilla ice cream made this an irresistible treat. The dessert menu is limited at Blackie’s, but this is definitely worth ordering, if of course, you somehow have room after dinner!
I am astounded by the quality of food coming out of Blackie’s kitchen. I still find it hard to believe that I can get this caliber of food out of a small pub in Smithfield. They have quickly become my official “go-to” spot no matter what type of mood I am in. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is lively, the menu is exciting and the food is outstanding. Seriously, try it for yourself!