10:00 a.m. Scratching your belly produces a loud grumble. You look around at the bare cabinets and sigh at the empty refrigerator. Decisions: stale cereal and pungent milk or mystery eggs? Reaching into your bleach-stained jean pockets, you fumble for your wallet. Pulling out a five dollar bill and flashing a grin, you know where you are going for breakfast. Believe it or not, a magical place exists where everything delicious is under five dollars. Everything. Most of their specials are even under three dollars. You will start to question if they are doing something legal. No worries, they are.
If you are not in the mood for an early breakfast, Liberty Lunch offers an eclectic lunch spread too. Some of their more authentic Rhode Island crowd-pleasers include the clam chowder and clam cakes. Next to Iggy’s, located in Warwick and Narragansett Rhode Island, Liberty Lunch makes a tasty batch. The clam cakes are fried to a crisp finding a pleasant balance between tender and crunchy. There is just enough crunch that you do not feel like you are biting into a friggin’ rock, and a soft center incredibly similar to a donut. So many places in Rhode Island mess up this delicacy, by overcooking the cakes or watering down the clam chowder. No one wants to have chowder that tastes or resembles saltwater. You will not find a better deal: $3.00 for a cup of chowder and $2.50 for a few clam cakes.
Other tasty treats include homemade ice cream floats for $2.50 and ½ pound burgers for around $5.00 topped with cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and a side of fries. All of these items are prepared before your eyes; no microwaves or frozen foods are involved. These options taste better than any IHOP or McDonald’s can produce. Five dollars goes a long way here; you’re like a millionaire, but not.