Blue and red pendant lamps glow above Newport Tokyo House's four hibachi grills, where chefs in matching hats sauté meat and vegetables for the diners gathered around each sizzling tabletop. At the sushi bar in the 100-seat dining room, cool knives slip through ribbons of fish and vegetables bound for specialty sushi rolls, some of which are deep fried, wrapped in sheets of pink soy, or crowned with neon constellations of tobiko. Bowls of udon or soba noodles pour forth steam near plates of scallops and chicken brimming with teriyaki sauce like the blooper reel from The Three Stooges Start a Catering Company.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt's network of self-serve dessert shops treat taste buds without expanding waistlines. Each cup of creamy frozen yogurt is priced by weight, and comes in an endless assortment of possible flavor and topping combinations. Guests can spoil their dinner without spoiling their diet thanks to Orange Leaf's sensible selection of low-fat treats, some of which clock in at as few as 25 calories per ounce. After diners top their fall-themed or chocolate-flavored desserts with crumbled graham crackers, peach slices, berries, or granola, they can dig in amid the shops’ bright green-and-orange-color scheme.
When sitting down to eat inside the Bay Voyage Inn's waterfront dining room, the view of Narragansett Bay expands to the horizons, the waters calm and blue beneath a cordial sky visible through the wall-spanning windows. The Victorian-style house feels so rooted here that it's hard to believe it was actually built across the bay on Aquidneck Island and was floated on a raft to its current roost. Ever since that day in 1889, the classic Victorian beach house has rested no more than 40 feet from the shore on Conanicut Island, with its myriad windows forever turned toward the bay. No longer a house, it now contains a traditional New England inn and gourmet restaurant.
In the Bay Voyage's kitchen, head chef Casey Shea whips up American dishes with local and organic fish and produce to form recipes of his own invention. During the resort's holiday brunches, which have earned the title of the state's best brunch from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, he lays out eggs benedict, carving meats, and house-made pastries. Servers ferry these plates, and those of lunch and dinner services, to white-clothed tables throughout the nautical-themed dining rooms. An 1890s-style lounge area with a bar finished in dark mahogany stands toward the front of the house to welcome patrons and confuse visiting time travelers.
From balconies in any of the inn's 33 one-bedroom suites, guests can peer out at sailboats cavorting by the bridge and along the bay. Each room contains Victorian furniture and all the modern creature comforts of home. Outside the rooms, a host of amenities such as a fitness center, outdoor pool, and hot tub let guests exercise or relax. With just a short walk along the harbor, guests can explore Jamestown's historic buildings or take on an afternoon of windsurfing and parasailing.
No, he wasn't born in Sicily. In fact—according to a 2011 article in the Boston Globe—Doug Ferriman started out in the pizza business without even knowing how to make dough. But he learned fast, besting 120 competitors and two Italian chefs to take second place at the International Pizza Challenge later that year. Ferriman is also one of only two people to have won the International Pizza Expo's Pizza of the Year honor more than once, in 2004 and 2007, according to trade magazine Pizza Today. Finally, in the 2013 competition, Ferriman won first in the non-traditional category in the northeast region.
Today, Ferriman brings his dough tossing know-how to Crazy Dough's Pizza, which he co-owns with his wife, Melissa. Their labor-of-love-turned-small-business-success-story, which has been documented in media outlets such as the Boston Business Journal, can be explained by their commitment to quality ingredients and diverse recipes. Their chefs start with a solid pizza foundation of North Dakota flour, vine-ripened California plum tomatoes, and Wisconsin cheese. Next, they transform raw dough into three pizza types: pan-baked, rectangular sicilian pies; hearty brick-oven rounds; or their specialty fire-grilled pizzas, cooked to a crispy, smoky finish on an open-flame hickory grill.
Finally, guests can choose from a huge selection of off-the-wall toppings and signature combinations, such as cheeseburger bacon or potato bacon cheddar. The shops also attract guests with $5 Pabst Blue Ribbon pitchers, calzones, and Crazy Dough Bowls—salads whose bread-bowl exterior can be eaten or worn as a savory hat.
In 2011, CBS's the Early Show lauded Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House for having the best clam chowder in America. Perhaps that?s because each batch is made with clam juice instead of water, with clams added at the very end to ensure tenderness. Or maybe it?s because owner David Gravino whips up the Manhattan-style red chowder using his mother's special recipe. Whatever the cause, the effect is a zesty stew flecked with celery, pepper, garlic, dill, and basil that people have been happy to stand in line for.
Recently celebrating their 25th anniversary, Iggy's, which has also been graced with a recent visit from Nick Jonas and Miss Universe 2012, also dishes out clam cakes, stuffed quahogs, and landlubbing entrees such as burgers and BLTs in a dining room overlooking Narragansett Bay. Housemade root beer and raspberry-lime sodas complement each meal, alongside doughboys?pastries topped with ice cream, cool whip, and powdered sugar. In addition to the main location, there?s a seasonal outpost in Narragansett proper that stays open from March until Columbus Day, the holiday which celebrates Christopher Columbus's discovery of a new world inhabited solely by fish.
The candy kitchen's massive copper kettle predating World War II is certainly an eye catcher, but the nostalgic sights and smells of candy filling rows of white shelves is what overwhelms most people when they step inside Kilwin’s. For more than two generations, the original recipes of founders Don and Katy Kilwin have been used to handcraft more than 75 confections such as chocolates, caramels, and specialty fudge. Aside from some newer equipment, head candy cook Bill Hoffman and his team still abide by Don’s candy-making methods and use original equipment when possible. Inside the old-fashioned candy shop, a burnished copper-kettle-fire mixer fashions each piece of peanut brittle, a cold room solidifies almond-toffee crunch, and a manatee that swallowed a freezer still makes every sea-foam candy. In addition to candy, Kilwin’s has created more than 32 flavors of original-recipe ice cream since 1985 with farm-fresh rBHT-free milk and cream from Michigan farms.