Amy's Apples is a purveyor of gourmet chocolate, caramel and candy-wrapped apples and pears, and other confections. Apples, which feed four to six, can be dipped in milk chocolate and studded with Heath bar chunks or crusted with pecans and pralines ($11.75) to fool sweet teeth into piercing a healthy core. For the non-fruit enthusiast, Pure Passion pretzel twists get enrobed in caramel or milk or dark chocolate, rolled in a candy or nut topping, and then drizzled with white or dark chocolate ($3.50 a piece).
The Bakery Boutique's dessert-crafting doyens sate sweet teeth with a bevy of ambrosial treats, earning their confectionery the 2010 award for Best Cupcakes in Rhode Island by the Rhode Island Monthly. These illustrious cupcakes come in more than 60 variations, ranging from signature tongue pleasers—such as the dark-chocolate cupcake ($2.10) and the vanilla-buttercream-topped tuxedo cupcake ($2.10)—to avant-garde gastronomic delights, including the cannoli cupcake ($2.60) and the Nutella banana-filled cupcake($3). Put palates to the test with a delicacy from the unique wine-inspired cupcake collection, which provides all the delicious nuances of vino without purpling any feet or inducing uninhibited James Cagney impersonations ($3 each). Or lacquer taste buds with brownies, mini desserts—such as pintsize cheesecakes ($1.65)—or a spectrum of dipped treats that includes oreos ($4.95 for 7) and pretzel rods ($5.95 for 8) after they've been submerged in chocolate dunk tanks.
Showcasing seasonal specials and meats and produce sourced from local farms, The Locals harvests a sundry menu of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast and lunchtime eats. Guests can ease appetites into the dinner hour with the When in Greece pizza, a crispy wheat pie crowned with feta, kalamata olives, and an Olympic wreath of baby spinach ($12) or dig into the popular local burger, a quarter pound of grass-fed Angus beef from Blackbird Farm with tomato and aioli ($12.95). A batch of the decadent butternut mac 'n' cheese ($10.95) knocks out sweet-and-savory cravings in one go, along with the oozy mashed-maple sweet-potato-melt sliders ($9.99). The drinks list boasts ales such as the Trinity Brew House IPA, house wines from Sakonnet Vineyards, and Thomas Tew Rum, made in Newport, making a strong case for potables handcrafted by small companies and their smaller elf apprentices.
Baker Sara Norman sweetens staid pantries with made-to-order pastries, custom cupcakes, and plump, hand-dipped berries crafted using only fresh, local ingredients. Enhance a birthday party or lay down suppressive fire during a food fight with an order of one dozen chocolate-covered strawberries or cannoli—tube-shaped rolls of fried italian pastry dough concealing a sweet, custardy filling. Swirly, fresh-from-the-oven cupcakes come in sweetly classic flavors, such as double chocolate, strawberries and cream, and oreo. Customers must place their order 24 hours in advance to ensure their treats leave the bakery fresh and won’t have time to start a new chess-by-mail game.
The deft meal makers at Café Dolce craft traditional café fare with ingredients culled from local farms, all served alongside delectable coffee and fine tea. Hot and cold beverages stimulate patrons' groggy bodies and enable them to climb into their office via window. Morning and afternoon munchers snack on bagel sandwiches like the smoked salmon bagel with capers, garlic-herb cream cheese, vine-ripe tomatoes, and red onion ($9.50), and others enjoy eggwiches made with meats such as bacon ($3.50) or pancetta ($4.50). Breakfast eats include the Dolcé French toast, made with challah bread ($6), as well as a more straightforward egg-on-toast plate ($8), called "Birds in a Nest" in honor of the animals that originally wrote the Constitution.