The gourmet cupcakes of Bad Kat Kupkakes are composed of frosting and cake made entirely from scratch and infused with ingredients such as cordials to give them an “adult” twist. Flavors include merlot, chocolate, and chili, bourbon with sweet peach frosting, jalapeno and strawberry, or pink lemonade. Also available are cupcakes baked directly in gift-wrapped jars and children’s flavors.
Linda Santos has always loved to bake. She started teaching herself to bake at the age of 12, and has crafted delicious baked cinnamon sugar donut muffins, red velvet cheesecakes, and cinnamon rolls. She whips up a variety of cookies and cakes, as well as assembles 3-D custom cakes.
Smoked bacon. Guacamole. Chili. A whole fried egg. With a simple tick mark, these and dozens of other toppings appear atop a beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie patty. Rare Burger Bar’s build-your-own-burger menu gives patrons the opportunity to make a fully custom burger. Those feeling less inventive can select from specialty burgers such as the Texas burger, which combines an all-Angus beef patty with bacon, barbecue sauce, and a homemade onion ring etched into a tiny spur. Non-burger menu items include hand-cut fries, chicken sandwiches, salads, and buffalo wings.
Liv Restaurant & Lounge's culinary magicians conjure up an awesomely aromatic collection of authentic Italian dishes artfully crafted out of house-made ingredients. Jump-start appetites with starters such as the crispy fried smelts with hot peppers and garlic-aioli sauce ($5–$9) before matching mandibles against bounteous portions of pasta plucked from a bowl of linguini and clams ($8–$14). A prosciutto-and-mozzarella pizza ($8–$10) can be shared between romantic twosomes or platonic partners, and entrees such as the chicken-and-veal marsala ($12–$18) silence noisy stomachs before they bellow like Pavarotti after stubbing his big toe. Bringing meals to a sweet conclusion, six deep-fried Oreos surround scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and hot fudge to form a culinary curtain call.
Voted Best Pizza by Providence College, Big Tony's Pizza, a neighborhood joint with a jaunty mafioso theme, serves up gourmet brick-oven pizzas, pasta, and house-specialty Gangster Wraps named after legendary mobsters. Cooks toss made-from-scratch dough in the air before layering on fresh cheese and pizza sauce made from the owner's father's recipe. For a full Mediterranean experience, Big Tony's also prepares regional favorites from baklava to falafel. The spot offers free delivery until 4 a.m.
Each dish that leaves executive chef Robert Hennemann’s kitchen is made from scratch. He ladles housemade sauce over breaded chicken breasts and puffs up ravioli with a hefty infusions of cheese. Servers cart platefuls of broiled scallops and house-cut sirloin to tables topped with lace cloths that can double as veils for impromptu weddings.