You would be hard pressed to find a can opener anywhere in the kitchen of Cilantro Mexican Grill. That's because the restaurant's chefs don't need one; they only cook with fresh ingredients. A typical day in their kitchen sees the chefs mashing the nutty flesh of ripe avocados into guacamole, slicing fresh tortillas to be fried and sprinkled with lime juice, and grilling adobo-seasoned chicken, steak, and fresh line-caught Atlantic pollock purchased from local fisherman at the docks of Point Judith, Rhode Island. Local growers get in on the action too, supplying the kitchen with tomatoes and onions. All five locations serve mason jar margaritas and craft beers with the Cranston location finding patrons sipping one of 20+ brews.
In Cafe Luna’s bustling kitchen, Chef Christopher Farrell emulsifies vinaigrettes, stuffs ravioli with the filling of the day, and slides pizzas atop a sizzling grill. Cinnamon-flecked cappuccino and glasses of house wine pair with dishes from the elegant lunch and dinner menus. The elegance exudes from dishes such as roasted-pear salad and veal saltimbocca, each meticulously plated with sprigs of fresh herbs or swirls of sauces. On the eatery’s flower-filled outdoor patio, guests bask in a cool breeze while nibbling dessert biscotti and sending semaphore insults to birds flying overhead with each table’s navy-blue umbrella.
Cuisine Type: American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 1?5
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: Burgers, quesadillas, mac 'n' cheese
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Boomerang Deli and Wieners is a popular local joint, and with its vast menu filled with sandwiches, salads, pastas, and local favorites such chowder, it's not very hard to see why. Patrons stop in to grab 1 of the eatery's 27 subs and wraps or 9 quarter-pound burgers. Or, they can dive into 15 types of gooey baked mac 'n' cheese, including ones with barbecue pulled pork and bacon.
Other options include wings, quesadillas, and clam cakes, which are the most appropriate thing to get a lobster for its birthday. One of the most in-demand seafood dishes is the fish 'n' chips?Boomerang has been known to sell more than 100 of them in a day.
Christie Flanagan has been cooking for more than 20 years, and along the way has managed to conquer one of the country's favorite foods: the pizza. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the owner of Napolitano's Brooklyn Pizza, she and her team build their New York- and Sicilian-style pies from housemade dough and pizza sauce every day. An array of slices is always available, while pizzas such as the barbecue chicken-topped Cyclone or the Luna Park "White" Pie with ricotta come as full pies. The team's calzones and stromboli capture those fresh pizza flavors in appetizing pockets and the Brooklyn deep-fried calzone adds to the long list of talents inherent in very hot oil.
In 1999, Dean and Maria Scanlon turned a space formerly used as a hardware store into a 26-seat restaurant with an eclectic international menu that helped its diners find "freedom from limitations." Since then, L'attitude's cuisine has lured in a steady stream of patrons, who gather around tables for dishes ranging from asian spring rolls and Cajun jambalaya to veggie risotto and a slow-roasted Atlantic salmon large enough to feed two people or one yeti. The Scanlons decided to expand as a result of their casual-yet-upscale eatery's popularity, and have been taking over and renovating adjacent business spaces as they become available. Now on several weeknights, live music and karaoke entertain guests.
A Marine Corps tour of duty introduced Chef Daniel Houle to a world’s worth of cuisine. Stateside, he perfected his culinary techniques as a sous chef for an array of restaurants that served both à-la-carte and banquet menus. Now, at 39 West Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Daniel deconstructs Italian staples to bring in modern twists and merges them with American flourishes. The two cuisines intersect most vividly in 39 West’s grilled pizzas, which the kitchen staff sprinkles with American standbys such as philly cheesesteak and barbecue chicken. Dining companions can perform syncopated chewing to complement the bass lines of live music from Wednesday to Saturday.