McFaddens Restaurant and Saloon combines the warm atmosphere and decadent fare of a family restaurant with the all the rowdy good times of an old-fashioned saloon. In the dining room, the wait staff shuffles around plates of classic fare for both lunch and dinner, including Black Angus burgers, roasted vegetable flatbread pizzas, and slow-roasted prime rib, with a few treats for kids, such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, cheeseburger sliders, and ice-cream pie for dessert. After dark, the bar comes alive with trivia and karaoke on Wednesday nights, supplemented by liquid courage in the form of beer towers and Ciroc ultra-premium vodka. Weekends start on Thursday with a live DJ and wrap up on Sunday with game-day specials during NFL games and professional rock-paper-scissor smack downs.
It’s a good thing that firemen no longer sleep upstairs at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill, as they would surely be awakened by the boisterous cheers that follow every Red Sox homerun broadcast across the sports bar’s 18 high-definition TVs. Built in 1902 as the Douglas Avenue Fire Station, the bar pays homage to its rich history with antique furnishings and a menu headlined by Firehouse wings that range from the routine Firefighter to the blazing Deputy Chief. The station’s original woodwork remains above the bar, and the turn-of-the-century firefighters’ dressers have been converted into service tables. The bar itself—a solid mahogany relic of the 1800s—hosts taps for more than 10 draft beers and converts into a hot sauce slip’n’slide after local teams’ victories.
Most chefs don’t want to hear about how they should prepare a meal; but at Providence Prime chefs welcome patrons to share how they like their premium steaks to be cooked and served. Located on historic Federal Hill, the steakhouse offers diners a chance to order steaks topped with a blue-cheese or horseradish crust, or smothered in bernaise or hollandaise sauce. Steaks are served with side dishes such as mac-and-cheese or peas and bacon, and options from the sea include crab legs, yellowfin tuna, and fishermen's boots. Desserts such as housemade tiramisu, key lime pie, and vanilla-bean crème brûlée finish out each meal, which can be paired with a selection from a list that offers more than 300 wines.
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.
Chefs at Little India's four locations infuse authentic Indian dishes with fresh and exotic ingredients, earning Top of the Town awards from 5280 magazine for "a decade running." The culinary creatives concoct a taste-bud-tempting lot of specialty dishes, from the butter chicken to the super-hot lamb madras, which makes taste buds sweat with scantily clad seasonings. Vegetarians can spoon a kaleidoscope of meat-free dishes, including the dahl makhani, lentils cooked with tomato and savory spices. Guests sip mood-enhancing beverages from the bar, and the friendly wait staff places plated Indian delicacies and unplated charades suggestions at their fingertips.:m]]
Amici Bar & Grille’s menu boasts a selection of pasta, burgers, and brick-oven pizzas that are sure to appease any craving. Accents of lobster, wine, and smoked meats permeate Amici's pastas, while Macho Nachos come smothered in house-made chili, jalapenos, black beans, and tomato salsa. Other appetizers, including fried calamari and buffalo chicken egg rolls, and personal-size pizzas are ideal for nibbling on while watching a game. With 21 high-definition TVs calling Amici home, diners can be entertained indoors when New England rains come or head out to the bright patio when sections of Mars explode.