After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.
Tortilla Flats tempts tasters with an alluring melting pot of classic Mexican eats, peppered with hints of Cajun and southwestern cuisine. Lunch and dinner patrons can sup on an eclectic array of quesadillas, sandwiches, salads, classic Mexican combination plates, and entrees. Debate the anatomical impossibilities of an order of wild boar wings (plain, buffalo, or barbecue style, $8.99) before moving on to heartier fare such as the cowboy steak tips ($14.99) or the habanero mac 'n' cheese ($13.99). Combinations of tacos, burritos, tamales, and enchiladas tantalize statisticians with a bevy of possibilities ($7.95–$9.95), and blackened catfish Naw Leens ($13.95) and Bayou Crawdad cakes ($9.50) transport taste buds to the murky environs of Cajun country, replete with Zydeco-blasting tooth accordions.
Sliding into one of the tall, hand-painted booths at Toro Restaurant, you're treated to a scene of a golden desert arching overhead. If this doesn't set the mood for a menu of traditional Mexican dishes, nothing will. Sip on a margarita or a Mexican draft beer as you browse the expansive selection of sizzling seafood fajitas, chicken chimichangas, and thick cuts of steak drizzled with chimichurri sauce.
Gordito Burrito is Providence's favorite spot to fine Mexican and vegetarian food. Including such options as the tofu burrito, Gordito Burrito's menu stands head and shoulders above those of other taco shops in the area. The hand-crafted food is exploding with flavor, bringing savory satiety to all who sample it. Try the signature shrimp taco salad for a healthy, protein-packed option bursting with delicious goodness. For great south-of-the-border taste in the northeast, head over to Gordito Burrito and enjoy great food for a good value served up with a smile.
Caribbean transplant Steven Correa brings tropical tastes stateside with Aruba Steve’s eclectic menu of savory Caribbean cuisine. Diners can prime palates with small bites such as the Jamaican jerk chicken skewers served with mango salsa ($5) or a 6-inch pulled-pork pizza ($6.95). Meanwhile, the blackened mahi BLT ($9.95) unites surf ‘n’ turf, with crispy bacon and mahi-mahi served open-faced together with a spicy aioli skilled in land-sea conflict resolution. The chicken caesar burrito ($7.95) wraps a crisp salad in a soft-shell tortilla, and the Aru-BQ dog ($4.95) adorns a juicy hot dog with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. Dinner comes with a serenade of live music three nights a week, and visitors can show off their brainpower or wombat mating calls at weekly trivia and open mic nights.
You would be hard pressed to find a can opener anywhere in the kitchen of Cilantro Mexican Grill. That's because the restaurant's chefs don't need one; they only cook with fresh ingredients. A typical day in their kitchen sees the chefs mashing the nutty flesh of ripe avocados into guacamole, slicing fresh tortillas to be fried and sprinkled with lime juice, and grilling adobo-seasoned chicken, steak, and fresh line-caught Atlantic pollock purchased from local fisherman at the docks of Point Judith, Rhode Island. Local growers get in on the action too, supplying the kitchen with tomatoes and onions. All five locations serve mason jar margaritas and craft beers with the Cranston location finding patrons sipping one of 20+ brews.