Cheese isn't the only thing that Mozzarella's Grill & Bar does right. The casual Italian eatery has a massive menu that's made all the more impressive by its chefs' attention to detail. Whether they're cooking up blackened haddock, gorgonzola steak tips, or one of their specialty pizzas, they always manage to find the sweet spot between taste and tradition. It's evident that the same care has been given to each of the restaurant's physical locations, some of which are outfitted with a patio for al fresco dining. For large family gatherings or a full-scale invasion of a neighbor's backyard, Mozzarella's catering services can feed an army with a mere 48-hour advance notice.
The team members at Rok Bar n Grill describe their domain as a "rock n roll-themed establishment" that cultivates an immersive, party-centric experience for its guests. But while dramatic decor and architecture feed eyes, and a packed schedule of events beckons ears, it's a menu of artfully crafted American favorites that keeps mouths and bellies satisfied.
Though the menu at Raku Sakura is varied, each dish is executed with the same level of thoughtful excellence, right down to the plating. From behind the long bar, platters of sushi emerge lined with the chef's specialty rolls, filled with ingredients such as lobster, sweet mango, crab, and avocado. Out of the kitchen, the cooks toss noodles from woks and into bowls of spicy red curry chicken and crunchy broccoli with tender beef.
Sam’s has served up iconic Rhode Island hot wieners for more than 40 years in a low-key Yankees-themed space. The classic diner menu centers on its sausage-y specialties, made "all the way" with meat sauce, mustard, and raw onions ($1.76), and toted out in gravity-defying style stacked up servers' arms. Guests can also opt for a double cheeseburger ($4.99) or pastrami grinder ($5.49), as well as round out meals with small sides of homemade onion rings ($4.49) or curly fries ($4.49). Set sail for a full Ocean State–style dinner atop one of Sam’s retro bar stools, reeling in plates of fish 'n' chips ($8.95) or fried clams ($8.95), or take eats to go. Stepping into Sam’s transports diners back in time to an era when eateries could feed a family for $10 and brontosaurs roamed the land, pilfering lettuce leaves from diners' sandwiches.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Bacon-laden cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizzas, and fish and chips are among the comfort food classes at Norwood Grill. The family-owned-and-operated restaurant slakes hunger three times a day—starting at 5:30 a.m.—with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant's slogan is "Where you're special every day," and the team upholds this mantra not only with its sizzling steak tips and homestyle baked potatoes, but with a friendly approach to service.