The chefs at Portsmouth Publick House put their own twist on classics. They douse the bison burger with mango chutney; pair eggs benedict with lobster; and stuff quesadillas with smashed potatoes and filet mignon. The rest of the menu, including piping-hot pizzas and soup, refuels patrons during contests and other forms of entertainment. On Thursday nights, guests put their heads together over trivia questions. Sundays offer a stage for open-mic.
The brilliant baristas at Klekolo pour steaming cups of joe and craft specialty drinks in their funky Court Street location. Using beans from a variety of roasters—most of them organic and free trade—the staff brews each cup ($1.30–$2.25) from the drip bar. Expertly made espresso ($1.25) steams in tiny mugs stolen from caffeinated elves, and specialty drinks such as the Witches' Brew transfix taste buds with a spell of caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, and espresso. Combat severe cases of indecision by filling tankards with smooshies ($5.75), a combination smoothie-slushie that dallies in fruit flavors as well as java incarnations. The pastry case houses a rotating selection of scrumptious sweets ($1.80–$4.95); recent offerings have included rich turtle-cheesecake bars and flaky lemon danish. While sipping from mugs, patrons can gaze at the local artwork dotting the richly hued purple walls, use free WiFi to email lonely houseplants, or admire the 10 cents they saved by bringing in their own bean-juice receptacles.
Rhode Island Monthly named Beehive Cafe Best of Rhode Island Editors' Pick in 2008 and Best Lunch of Rhode Island in 2010. The Providence Phoenix reviewed The Beehive Cafe and gave it an average of four stars, and 100% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
The candy kitchen's massive copper kettle predating World War II is certainly an eye catcher, but the nostalgic sights and smells of candy filling rows of white shelves is what overwhelms most people when they step inside Kilwin’s. For more than two generations, the original recipes of founders Don and Katy Kilwin have been used to handcraft more than 75 confections such as chocolates, caramels, and specialty fudge. Aside from some newer equipment, head candy cook Bill Hoffman and his team still abide by Don’s candy-making methods and use original equipment when possible. Inside the old-fashioned candy shop, a burnished copper-kettle-fire mixer fashions each piece of peanut brittle, a cold room solidifies almond-toffee crunch, and a manatee that swallowed a freezer still makes every sea-foam candy. In addition to candy, Kilwin’s has created more than 32 flavors of original-recipe ice cream since 1985 with farm-fresh rBHT-free milk and cream from Michigan farms.
Cold Fusion Gelato is located in the heart of Lower Thames Street. We serve up over 300 flavors of gelato and sorbet, allowing us to bring out new flavors every day! Not only does gelato have 2/3 less fat and 1/2 the calories of regular ice cream, but we also have vegan friendly, gluten free, and egg free flavors!
The aroma of brewing Downeast coffee drifts through the air, its trail floating over a plentiful helping of Gifford’s ice cream scooped onto a European-style dessert waffle. This chilled yet toasty combination is both the signature and the namesake of Max and Bear’s Ice Cream & Dessert Waffles. Inside the confectionary haven, staff members transform breakfast into dessert by topping the gridded morning dish with frozen flavors such as muddy boots ice cream with salted caramel. They also blend fresh fruit smoothies and thick ice-cream shakes such as the coffee bomb, made with iced coffee, Rhode Island coffee syrup, and a dash of cream.