Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern

Happy Saturday readers! I had meant to write this blog post last week for it to post on time on Thursday, but alas, the week escaped me. So here we are, on Saturday, FINALLY getting to the next Travel Tip Thursday post: Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern.

Travel tips don’t always have to be about far away places, so I thought why not write about what I order at one of my go-to restaurants in Smithfield, RI, just minutes away from my home at Bryant University. Blackie’s was the first restaurant that me and my fiance tried when we moved to RI, and it’s remained one of our favorites. The menu changes with the season, the food is always cooked fresh, AND Blackie’s offers three different menus, which include allergy friendly options!!

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The first menu offered is the ‘normal’ menu, or basically anything you would find at a typical bar/hip restaurant. Then there is a gluten free menu, which includes gluten free options for dishes on the ‘normal’ menu. And lastly, there is a paleo menu option, which provides gluten free, dairy free, and *mostly* egg free options. I bee line it to the hostess desk every time I go to Blackie’s just so that I can get my hands on the paleo menu and see what options I have for that day. I’ve ordered everything from paleo wings to sweet potato hummus at Blackie’s, and the menu never disappoints!!

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The picture above is just a snapshot of the options that are offered in the paleo menu at Blackie’s, but these are also the options that appeal most to me, as someone who has milk, eggs, and wheat food sensitivities. And, if I can’t find anything I like, I will make my own paleo power bowl, which will usually consist of chicken, brown rice, veggies, and the sweet potato humus (it LITERALLY is one of the best things I have ever eaten and I would HIGHLY recommend it).

Recently, I went on a trip to Blackie’s with my department, and I decided to try something on the menu that I hadn’t tried before: the paleo smoked turkey pub.

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It had everything that fits into what I eat every day: a grain free (and yeast free!) tortilla for carbs; turkey breast and bacon for protein; avocado for healthy fats; and veggies. To be safe, I ordered the pub without the paleo maple mayo, and I added the sweet potato hummus for just a little more healthy fat and to add flavor to the sandwich. The end result was absolutely delicious!! I did have a small stomachache, which may have also been due to the fact that I ate a couple of homemade potato chips, and potatoes are a special occasion food for me (more about this in later posts!!), but overall it was a smashing success.

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I forgot to mention that, aside from the awesomeness of the food itself, Blackie’s also prepares and serves all gluten free, paleo, or allergy friendly meals separately, which makes it even more of an amazing place to eat. Although restaurants are becoming more allergy friendly in general, cross contamination is still an issue for those with food allergies/sensitivities who eat out, and so I greatly appreciate the extra step that Blackie’s takes to ensure that all of their customers are getting the quality of food they deserve.

And there you have it! This was one of several positive experiences that I’ve had at Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern, and I would highly recommend it to all people, especially those who have food allergies. And those looking for a good drink, because the mixed drinks there are delicious!

Here’s to living our best and most delicious lives, even when eating out. ❤

~ Meagan

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