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Kitchen, Federal Hill, Providence RI

It is hard not to fall in love with Kitchen on sight – the cozy café is a single room with three high-back booths, three 2-seaters on one side and two 4-seaters on the other. The only menu is written on a chalkboard on the wall, listing an assortment of omelettes, pancakes, croissant French toast, a muffin of the day and the single slice of bacon they have become famous for.

Be prepared to wait, the tiny restaurant is served only by one older man who is deliberate in taking your order, clearing the tables, and getting the check. I arrived at 10:15am on a Wednesday and the wait was not horrific at 20 minutes.

I had my traditional “breakfast at Nationals with Director Mike” here. I had attempted to go earlier in the week but they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. This was one of the restaurants that thwarted me on Monday.

He ordered their Big Shot breakfast ($10), which came with two pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and a choice of meat. He opted for their famous bacon.

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I had the basic breakfast ($6), two eggs over medium, hash browns, white toast, and ordered a slice of bacon ($2.5) as well. The muffin was blueberry white chocolate. I was tempted, but I saw that the servings were large, so I did not order one.

The food came eventually and the aforementioned bacon was certainly the star. You can see in the picture above that it was a good quarter inch thick – really more of a bacon steak then a slice. It was perfectly cooked – crispy edge with a slight chew. It was meaty and scrumptious, although slightly too salty for my taste. Director Mike loved it and said it was amazing. My eggs were too runny to be considered over medium, but I did not mind sopping up the extra runny yolk with my well buttered toast. We both agreed that the potatoes were well seasoned and delicious. He said his pancakes were only okay and left half a one uneaten. I had a really good cup of coffee, as well.

The meal took over an hour, and when I got to my car, which I had parked at the corner, I had a $30 ticket for not being 25 feet away from the corner. Despite the wait, and the ticket, I would still go back to the bacon. I would just make sure to park in the lot across the street, which I didn't notice until I seated.

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