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.
A bastion of northeastern good cheer just off the gaming floor, Wicked Good's lingua franca is professional sports, with priority given to New England teams on more than 25 TV-screens worth of live games, tournaments, and hootenannies. Turn fistfights with clones into friendly meals with a starter basket of hot, breaded mozzarella sticks escorted by savory marinara sauce ($5.99) or the Double Header, which drizzles a pair of Rhode Island's own stuffed quahogs with fresh lemon ($6.99). The Yankee Dipper tops a tender roast-beef sandwich with melted american cheese and duets it with au jus dipping sauce ($9.99). Otherwise, egg on the kidneys' natural team rivalry by chasing a New York Yankee pot roast ($13.99) with the Red Socks, layers of red velvet cake and chocolate truffle filling ($6.99).
When Chris Gomes saw Original Tom's Deli & Catering up for sale in 2011—after more than 40 years of North Providence prominence—he immediately snatched it up as a gift for his daughter, Crystal. Once the owner of her own small shop, Crystal now works with her parents and brother behind the deli's purple counter, where Tom himself springs out of retirement to teach them the tricks of mixing meatballs and breading chicken. Gomes's wife whips up traditional Italian cherry-walnut cookies and egg biscuits, which shutter hearty meals of grinders, eggplant parmesan, and more than 50 hot and cold sandwiches served in a sunlit, green-walled dining room. Original Tom's Deli also caters spreads large and small, from half pans of pasta for intimate gatherings to feasts for Leviathan wedding receptions.
Reali's Fine Italian Cuisine's owner and chef, Jim Reali assembles meats, pastas, and sauces into hearty Italian creations using cooking skills first cultivated when he was 16 years old. Diners choose between upscale offerings such as veal and chicken parmigiana or call the waiter via foghorn to order seafood selections. Downpours of rich tomato sauce cascade over pastas, and, as meals unfold, eaters can repurpose pieces of penne as straws to sip white, red, and blush wines sourced from domestic and international vineyards.
Pauly Penta's Gourmet Italian Deli feeds hordes of hungry houseguests with a fresh menu of soups, sandwiches, grilled specialties, and bakery items forged with signature ingredient combinations and filler-free meats. Chefs adorn individual meals, party platters, and public sculptures with Boar's Head deli meats and natural, additive-free flavor. Italian-style cold-cut platters ($70) provide 15–20 couch referees with artfully arranged game-day fuel, and 12-inch stuffed calzones keep cheese hidden in warm, flaky crust ($40+). Chicken parmesan ($65) and baked penne ($50) simmer in 13"x9" entree platters, and stuffed mushrooms ($18.50/dozen) help to keep stomachs from interrupting broadcasts.
At The Fire Brick Oven Pizza & Bar, chefs fling dough high into the air, spinning it into discs that will later transform into flatbreads and pizza in the kitchen's signature brick oven. Though pizzas are the chefs' specialty, they also create seafood dishes and prepare gluten-free pasta and desserts. Oven-fresh pizzas, grill-squeezed paninis, pasta, and family-style dining options are savored while diners lounge in black-leather chairs and admire the dining room's modern interior.
Lunch and dinner menus attack hunger with burgers, herb-crusted Atlantic salmon salad, pesto-chicken pizzas, and roasted filet mignon. Adventurous diners can tackle the signature "One Pound" meatball, which is smothered with mozzarella and baked in the oven.