Bar 101 satisfies hungry patrons with a revamped menu of affordable American fare and invites leisurely sipping with lively weekly entertainment. Frenemies can make peace over a basket of frings, a hybrid of spiced onion rings and crispy french fries ($5), before moving onto heartier fare, such as a buffalo-chicken toasted Torpedo sandwich ($7) or 8-ounce 101 burger with cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, onion rings, and special sauce ($8). Herbivores can snack on an array of salads ($4–$8) or caprese pizza, loaded with melted mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and fresh basil ($7).
Caribbean transplant Steven Correa brings tropical tastes stateside with Aruba Steve’s eclectic menu of savory Caribbean cuisine. Diners can prime palates with small bites such as the Jamaican jerk chicken skewers served with mango salsa ($5) or a 6-inch pulled-pork pizza ($6.95). Meanwhile, the blackened mahi BLT ($9.95) unites surf ‘n’ turf, with crispy bacon and mahi-mahi served open-faced together with a spicy aioli skilled in land-sea conflict resolution. The chicken caesar burrito ($7.95) wraps a crisp salad in a soft-shell tortilla, and the Aru-BQ dog ($4.95) adorns a juicy hot dog with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. Dinner comes with a serenade of live music three nights a week, and visitors can show off their brainpower or wombat mating calls at weekly trivia and open mic nights.
A supporter of locally sourced, fresh ingredients, Harry’s Bar & Burger regales mouths with a wide selection of sliders made from 100% Hereford beef, formed into never frozen hand-patted patties set atop Martin’s Famous potato rolls, straight from the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The menu boasts pairs of sliders that range in ingredients from the classic ($3.99)—topped with grilled onions, lettuce, and pickles—to the Mother of All Burgers ($5.79), an exercise in jaw unhinging topped with bacon, mushrooms, and fried onion strings. The rest of the menu fills out its pages and Mad Libs games with hot dogs ($3.49–$3.99), fries ($1.99–$3.59), and sandwiches ($4.79–$6.69).
Smoke Lounge's historic two-story all-brick building shelters a lounge of delectable eats, a bar boasting myriad libations, and a walk-in humidor lined with fine cigars ready for awaiting lighters. Prepuff, visitors nosh their way through plates of Italian eats including fried calamari tossed with hot peppers in champagne-garlic-butter cream sauce ($9.95) or paninis stuffed with imported Parma prosciutto and homemade mozzarella ($9.95). A bevy of beverages, bottled beers, and liquors intermingles with after-dinner cigars, including stogies from such tobacco wranglers as Rocky Patel, Magna, and Arturo Fuente, easing visitors through smoky exhalations. Smoke Lounge's ventilation system captures smoke as soon as it leaves visiting lips, spiriting it out of the restaurant and into its new job as a mystery-additive in ’80s music videos.
Bodega Malasana, located in Providence, RI, offers a laid-back atmosphere and some fairly unique snack foods like smoky blue cheese and tapas, along with a wide array of wonderful wines and beers. The Latin-inspired wine bar serves wine by-the-glass at very reasonable rates. It’s the type of place that’s perfect to bring a date or gather with friends and just relax and enjoy nibbling on the delicious snack foods while enjoying a favorite beverage. The owners, Diego Luis Perez and Siobhan Chavarria have designed a place that’s eclectic and yet fun to spend some time with friends. They have purposely kept prices low instead of charging the exorbitant amounts of many popular wine bars. You can enjoy a draft beer for just $3 a glass or a house wine for just $4. Snacks run around $5 each or a plate of 3 for $14. Many of their customers are regulars who come often just to unwind from a stressful day’s work.
A pair of spat-clad feet decorates the sign outside Spats Restaurant & Pub, where patrons put their feet up as they sip craft beers and dig into hearty American and Italian entrees. Lunches of turkey-avocado wraps and thin-crust pizzas loaded with mashed potatoes and cheese make way for dinners of fish and chips and the California Girls burger, whose bites of avocado, onion strings, and bacon taste best when punctuated with the word “like.” Bartenders shake specialty martinis or blend extra-large frozen margaritas, and the bar’s taps release beers from breweries such as Magic Hat, Hoegaarden, and Stone. To keep things lively, Spats hosts special events throughout the week, such as karaoke and trivia, and plays major sporting events on its big-screen televisions.