The practiced chefs at Buono Bistro have spent the last 30 years creating a mouthwatering menu of classic Italian comfort food jazzed up with a gourmet twist. In addition to their daily specials, they craft gnocchi gorgonzola, lobster ravioli, and wild-mushroom risotto from scratch. The expansive menu also includes such nonpasta specialties as braised-lamb osso buco and veal stuffed with provolone and prosciutto.
Basking in the glow of an ornate, glittering chandelier, guests can sip a handcrafted martini or a glass of bold wine. Though the food and decor are decidedly upscale, Buono Bistro keeps it low-key, offering diners a relaxed atmosphere akin to a billionaire's treehouse.
Cakes by Design specializes in designing deliciously dainty desserts that match the hobbies, interests, and favorite flavors of every individual pastry personality. Begin your confectionary conception by perusing the palatable list of cake flavors, such as coconut, chocolate fudge, and red velvet, before moving on to cover each moist, cakey canvas with a frosting masterpiece to suit any holiday, special event, or surprisingly doable ransom demand. Collaborate with confectionary artist Lina Ochoa Hunter to design the edible works of art or garner icing inspiration from the bright gallery of past cupcake creations.
Chef and owner John Ingalls, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, populates Palmers' menu with fresh entrees accompanied by local, organic produce. In the recently renovated eatery, tables of two, four, or six stand back as white balsamic vinaigrette showers upon parched napkin swans or a starter platter of pan-seared scallops. Meanwhile, the petit filet mignon and grilled shrimp pad bellies with béarnaise-sauced sustenance accompanied by asparagus and mashed potatoes. Unsheathe a Statler chicken breast from a pistachio-crust case embellished with Frangelico-cream sauce before squelching sugar cravings with a dessert sweeter than a whispered compliment from Cookie Monster.
It’s impossible for me to dine at Caribbean-inspired restaurants without evoking my very personal, very vivid island memories. The moment I catch a whiff of anything jerk, I immediately recall the warm Caribbean sun holding me in its tiny sun arms, saying, “Shh, everything is gonna be all right. You’re with me, the sun, now. I’m big and hot and I’m going to hug and pet you until you get really sweaty. Then I’ll dab you with a towel until you become less slippery. Take off my sunglasses, which are my regular glasses. Do not confuse them with my sun-sunglasses, which are what you would call regular sunglasses. Look into my eyes. (Evil sun laughing.) You fool. I’m the sun. I will blind you. (High-pitched evil laughing). Now hug me tighter.”
If your commute from work is consumed with anxiety over what dinner you can make with dry lentils, a block of cream cheese, and potatoes left over from a potato-sack fight, today's side deal is for you. For just $45, you get a pre-assembled meal sampler of 18 servings (six three-serving meals) from Dream Dinners (a $75 value). The $25 prep fee is included, giving this Groupon a value of $100.
Hometown Seafoods' founder, Gene Marshall, uses 40 years in the seafood industry to craft a varietal menu of piscine delicacies. For private-dwelling mastication, take-home entrees—including fresh-baked haddock ($14.99/lb.) and a Cajun-inspired seafood jambalaya ($10.99/lb.)—team up with sides such as rice pilaf or fresh-made stuffed potatoes to feed offspring or the housecats who’ve taken them hostage. Within the restaurant's confines, appetizers such as land-and-sea-melding, bacon-wrapped scallops stir up appetites ($14.99/lb.) before boats of fried Maryland crab cakes ($8.95) navigate mouth-waters alongside fresh fried clams ($12.95). Grilled salmon showcases its diversity, offering itself as a beef-rivaling burger ($6.95) or full dinner replete with fresh veggies and rice pilaf ($11.95). Soups and chowders, including a local New England clam, provide creamy sustenance ($2.95–$9.95), and sandwiches such as lobster salad ($13.95–$18.95) and crabmeat ($8.95–$15.95) take up residence inside bready borders.