Johnny Cakes- Providence, Rhode Island

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Food TV has been really hot for a while now. Many channels dedicate lots of programming hours to food related shows. While I am not so interested in actual cooking shows (asides from Top Chef), I do really love shows like Bizarre Foods, Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.

I love visiting restaurants featured on these shows. I find some to be hits and others to be way over-rated and not so good.

Since my blog is focused on travel, I plan to feature some of the places that I have visited.

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On a trip around New England my wife and I figured we would go for breakfast to try a dish that originates from Rhode Island- Johnny Cakes.

We visited the Liberty Elm Diner, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. Guy Fieri visited the diner with his family and they seemed to really like the JCs.

What is a Johnny cake?

  • According to Johnny Cake- a cake or bread made of corn meal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.
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    Order of Johnny Cakes from Liberty Elm Diner
  • From the Liberty Elm Diner menu: Traditional Rhode Island Johnny Cakes– $6.95: Kenyon’s Grist Mill (Usquepaugh RI) White Cornmeal Johnny Cakes. Served w/Butter &  Real New England Maple Syrup

My wife and I shared an order of Johnny Cakes. They were tasty and crispy with a nice texture. They were a lot heavier and more filling than pancakes. They were really only like pancakes in looks not taste. The syrup and butter added lots of flavor for a really tasty breakfast.

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The Liberty Elm Diner-777 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI ph.401-467-0777       web Liberty Elm Diner
Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives airs on Food Network web Diners, Drive Ins & Dives
Here is the clip to the DDD episode

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