Max and Zelda’s Oasis Café's menu comforts grumbling bellies with made-from-scratch breakfasts, hearty German entrees, and down-home delicacies. In the morning, fluffy pancake clouds ($4.29 for two) fill with sweet syrup-rain as coffee ($1.89) brews in the distance. Egg lovers can choose from omelets ($8.59), frittatas ($8.59), and breakfast platters lined with home fries or buttered grits, red-eyed gravy, and a choice of toast or a biscuit ($9.59). Come lunchtime, hot BLTs ($6.59) parade across plates, pausing for dips in chili pools ($4.29/cup, $6.59/bowl). Three types of schnitzel ($14.99) explore the German culinary tradition as the eggplant parmesan ($11.59) sails tasting tourists to Italy on a sea of pasta, marinara sauce, and old-world wishes.
Salvation Cafe proudly proclaims that it's been "keeping Newport weird since 1993." And indeed, from the decor to the menu, most items at the eatery have a charming dose of the unexpected.
Gayot deems the interior "comically cozy," with a mix of hippie chic and Bollywood colors. Aqua chairs form a ring around a teardrop-shaped community table, Elvis busts peer across the room, and velvet curtains frame the windows, which are surrounded by a hodgepodge of hanging artwork.?
The chefs amps up familiar dishes with flavors borrowed from across the globe. They glaze their St. Louis ribs with sriracha and pineapple, for example, and stuff their ravioli with jalapeno and goat cheese, deftly crossing "from India to Thailand to Mexico and America without missing a step," according to Yankee magazine. Don't skip the more straightforward offerings, though?the pad thai is reportedly excellent.
Classic drinks taken one step further seem to be the bar's specialty. No ordinary breakfast cocktail, the bloody mary royal sneaks in pickled shrimp and smoked paprika, while the pom'rita (made with pomgranate juice, of course) gets a kick from jalapeno syrup. Guests can enjoys drinks with dinner or in summer, at the al fresco tiki bar.
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.
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.