Slater Memorial Park, Newport Avenue, Pawtucket
(401) 728-2474

Playing in the playground is hard work. When you've had all the running, sliding, swinging, and climbing you can handle, that's when you know it's Ice Cream Time. You know what they say: We all scream for ice cream. Luckily, the playground at Slater Memorial Park has a concession that serves Bliss Ice Cream just a hop, skip, and a scream away. And if your hankerin' is more in the hot dog or chicken finger vein, Len's Haven has those, too. Hey, does that say 'doughboys'? Yes, it does. Good luck choosing between ice cream and a fresh, piping hot, powdered-sugar-coated fried dough. Life is so unfair.

But what about your chauffeur? Shouldn't the grown-up who drove you to the park be rewarded with some eats according to their own tastes? Not to worry, Len's menu is wide-ranging and includes all sorts of things that adults won't turn their noses up at. Unless they're picky eaters, that is. There's clam cakes, white or red chowder, fried platters, and fish sandwiches. Their hot wieners are "best in town," their sausage and peppers sandwiches are "better than Fenway," and their coffee is "gourmet"—it says so right there in alphabet letters on the menu board, so it must be true.

Good thing your chauffeur is also your banker. You don't have to worry about how much any of this costs. It's probably not a lot, right?

If you're not too full and sleepy, get back and attack that playground again. Maybe play tag around the legs of Fanny the Elephant, a small-scale fiberglass replica of a real elephant that lived here a long, long time ago, when there was a zoo. In fact, there still is a zoo of sorts. Have you visited Daggett Farm yet? It's just the other side of Len's Haven, and is stocked with all kinds of barnyard animals that you can pet. Nothing scary, like lions or sharks; just goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, and donkeys.

A number of vendors have graced this spot over the years, and by the time you read this, Len's may well have been replaced by another, similar operation. But no matter the name over the take-out window, there's bound to be something yummy on the menu that you'll scream for.

Len's Haven is open every day in summer, 11am-8pm; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only in the spring and fall.

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Posted by Jules on November 13, 2008
Member since November 2008
Horton's Too is unfortuately was the same quality as Horton's Seafood in East Providence but if you want to see Heather and Brian stop in to the East Providence location and enjoy some clam cakes and chowder or fish and chips...Frankly Scollop you'll be glad you did!!!!!

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