Remembering Rhode Island's
Good Ol' Days
There is still one Roast House located in Blackstone, MA, just over the Woonsocket line.
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I used to love this place. The best one was at Lincoln Mall, but there used to be one at Warwick Mall, too. They used to have a "turkey sandwich special" that was turkey soup, turkey carved off a real, complete turkey (not icky deli turkey breast stuffed with salt and nitrites like the sandwich shops give you now, and if you wanted dark meat they would give it to you) on a kaiser roll with the top half dipped in turkey gravy, and a large drink (I always got coffee milk!), for something like $2.50...very inexpensive for an unemployed college student. It was delicious. Those were the days! Later they just had icky turkey breast and no more turkey soup.
the roast house lives on with two locations now 176 columbus ave blackstone & 3 Farm street blackstone full service restaurant & pubs owned by the original manager , aand serving all the old favorites and real turkey .
There is a Roast House on 3 Farm St Blackstone, and a new one just opened in Pawtucket. I hav'nt been to the one in Pawtucket, but the one in Blackstone is excellent, great food at great prices...
I loved the jello!!!!
I worked at the Roast House in the Lincoln Mall as a kid back in the mid-80's. I worked in the kitchen and I could not wait until break-time to sink my teeth into one of those Turkey sandwiches on a kaiser roll! All of the food was fresh and real meats. Whole hams, real whole turkeys; I used prepare and cook at least 4 per day! Homemade Mashed potatoes. I loved working at the Roast House. And back then, the Lincoln Mall was always hopping, and was the place to be!!!
The sandwiches at The Roast House were so amazing, I still crave them! The mashed potatoes were delicious as were the veggies. Always high quality fresh food at incredible prices. Wish they would re-open in R.I.!!!
I used to go there as a boy and just get the roast beef with mash potatoes. I remember you got a tray and slid it along to what you wanted. The roast beef was under a huge heat lamp and there would be a guy with a huge chefs hat slicing it. I still have not had anything close to what it tasted like. I came close with a roast I made at home in an oven but not close enough. Anyone been to vegas to see if they have anything comparable? If I could go anywhere, any time, I would go back to the Roast House at the Swansea Mall in the late 1980s. It was tops. I didn't even realize they sold sandwhiches, I was like in elementary school...man what a place!
I used to there in high school and college in the mid/late 80s at Lincoln Mall. Their food was superb. You never left RH feeling shortchanged even though it cost slightly more than your average fare at Newport creamery or Bliss...
Going to the the Lincoln Mall location on a Friday or Saturday was a treat! I feel this was eons ago, and I'm only 32! I hate growing up.