The ocean's bounty makes its way into most of the dishes at Stone Fleet Tavern, from the lobster quesadillas to the seafood pot pie stuffed with scallops and shrimp. Reminders of the sea pervade the wood-accented dining room as well, where two large oars decorate one wall and a grizzled captain places umbrellas in your drink. In addition to its seafood-centric food, the tavern also plates steak, burgers, and vegetarian eats including pasta and sandwiches.
Recognized as one of New England’s top cozy eateries with a 2010 Yankee magazine Editor’s Choice award, Brie & Bleu brings teeth and people together with a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Embark upon delights such as Midnight Moon, an aged goat cheese ($23/lb.), or the Marcona Almonds, roasted in sunflower oil with a touch of sea salt ($18/lb.). Additional options include the Tome de Savoie ($18/lb.), La Tur ($12 each), and the European Olive Medley ($8/lb.).
City News caters to stogie-savvy shoppers with its well-stocked humidor, filled with a wide selection of cigars from a variety of brands. Patrons looking for sturdy materials can build a smokeable bunker out of Brick House Robusto cigars ($6.50), and imported Lochem ($12.50) lip logs, hand-rolled by master cigar-makers in Nicaragua, please choosy palettes. Puff on selections from Davidoff Marrakech ($18.50) and the Avo Heritage series ($9.50), or pair a bold Ashton VSG ($17.50) with a special brandy or a very special Brandy single.
Hot Rod Cafe halts the hankerings of hungry patrons with a menu sporting an array of hearty dishes, including more than 25 varieties of buffalo wings ($5.50/six). Wing fiends can flap their taste buds toward meaty morsels endowed with flavors such as chipotle barbecue, garlic parmesan, and spicy teriyaki, or they can opt for Cajun dry rub, the mystical blend of spices from which all Louisiana gator wrestlers derive their power.
At Dev’s, owners Candace and Bunny manifest their vast travels into worldly cuisine, fusing culinary traditions from Spain, Asia, and the Mediterranean into one exotic menu. An expansive lineup of contemporary tapas helps to kick start meals with sharable bites of miniature sweet rock crab cakes with remoulade ($4.75) or toasted goat cheese, honey, and almonds on crusty crostini ($7.25). Come entree time, traverse the peaks of creamy ricotta and ebbs of tomato sauce arranged in luscious layers to form vegetable lasagna ($14.50). Or, reel in mouthfuls of mussels, shrimp, and clams on a plate of seafood Italiano, piled high with linguine and spicy tomato broth ($19.25). Between bites and juicy bits of Placido Domingo–related gossip, parched pipes find refreshment in various wines and cocktails, such as a full-bodied Kendall Jackson chardonnay ($9/glass) and piquant swigs of a red-sangria martini ($9). Adding to the festive air, Dev’s currently features live music on Friday and Saturday nights and is also in the process of hatching menus for both brunch and lunch.
The cooks at Tio Rodrigo’s Mexican Grill melt, grill, and sauté selections from a menu of Mexican standards to order. Rice, pinto beans, corn, and meat or veggies overflow from mission-style rolled burritos ($8.95–$10.95), so named for early Spanish missionaries' habit of bundling guacamole inside their tunics for warmth in the New World. A trio of corn tortillas safeguards steak, chicken, or cheese in the enchiladas ($7.95–$11.95), and pintsize patrons can nibble less-spicy mini meals from the kids' menu, opting for a cheese quesadilla or grilled chicken with rice and beans ($4.95–$6.95 each). House-made red and white sangria, Mexican beers, and margaritas made with fresh fruit juice and a choice of more than three dozen tequilas ($8+) accompany meals taken before a game on one of the widescreen TVs or on the patio.