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.
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.
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.
Having soaking up the limelight on episodes of the Food Network Challenge and TV Diner, the experienced bakers at The Cake Bar whip up screen-worthy gourmet cakes and cupcakes made fresh from proprietary small-batch recipes. Confection connoisseurs can treat palates to one dozen of the bakery’s cupcakes in any combination of 18 monthly rotating flavors such as zesty limeade, cooling thin mint, and the always-available chocolate cake oozing with peanut-butter filling. Fluffy buttercream icing generously tops each handheld sugar bomb in a classic swirled pattern modeled after that of Napoleon’s legendary 4-foot-tall bedazzled crown.
With a variety of foreign and independent talkies, Cable Car Cinema & Cafe entertains all who venture into its newly refurbished interior. Film fanatics can experience Tony Stone's Out Of Our Minds, a 28-minute exploration of mythology, music, and imagery as conceived by musician Melissa Auf der Maur (formerly of Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins). Beijing Taxi is a documentary that explores perceptions of the metamorphic Chinese capital from the points of view of three taxi drivers, and Total Badass portrays Austin's underground scene, counter-culturally interpreted by local deviant Chad Holt.