By setting his restaurant at the less congested end of Atwells Avenue, Ken Turchetta has stayed under the radar in Federal Hill—a status he enjoys because it keeps his restaurant intimate. That’s why even after 12 years in business, it’s common to see him make a stop at every table.
Since the beginning, chef Hector Madrid has been Ken’s go-to artisan for creating authentic Italian dishes from fresh, local ingredients. The resultant spread is impressive: chicken and veal marsala, fish fillets, and rings-only calamari, all easily paired with red or white wine by the bottle or glass.
French-style bistro cuisine is The Grande’s specialty. The restaurant gets its ingredients from local farms and fisheries, who deliver organic meats and veggies whenever possible. The bistro’s wine list similarly emphasizes organic and sustainable wines from all over the world.
Finnegan's Wake is an Irish-and-American pub-style restaurant, offering classic comfort foods in a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere. Certified chefs Ezra and James and their staff of Johnson & Wales graduates stand behind the range, whipping up favorites such as homemade shepherd's pie and Blount New England clam chowder. Come in for a slice of grilled pizza with housemade sauce, bite into a corned-beef sandwich, or fork up a bangers-and-mash dinner at this relaxed eatery.
Ten Prime Steak & Sushi's executive chef, Lou Cruz, char grills a carnivorous array of hand-cut Prime and Certified Angus steaks. Each one has been aged for a minimum of 28 days and is accompanied by a complex sauce?always made in-house, sometimes via a two-day process. His juicy and flavorful steaks earned the restaurant The Providence Phoenix's best steakhouse award in 2011 and 2012.
Chef Cruz also whips up other specialties with equal care, including house-made meatloaf, swordfish, and velvety day boat scallops. On the lighter side, a full sushi bar serves up colorful nigiri and maki, including one made with Maine lobster, beef carpaccio, and truffle-chili oil. Diners can wash it all down with their choice of specialty cocktails and 14 wines by the glass.
Organic and certified Black Angus meat tops locally sourced buns at Better Burger Co., exemplifying the eatery's commitment to providing quality food while supporting other community businesses. Choose from predesigned options such as the Blue Moon burger with crumbled blue cheese, mushrooms, and fried onion strings, or dream up your own concoction using toppings such as smoked sausage and bourbon sauce. Despite its name, Better Burger Co. doesn't stop at burgers?it also shells out milk shakes, wraps, and sandwiches with ample vegetarian choices sprinkled in.
As diners uncork the wines they've brought to Cafe Sowa, chefs busily prepare inventive bistro fare. Those options shift with the seasons, which is appropriate for a restaurant with a sprawling outdoor patio. During the summer, they might include a fresh watermelon salad with feta and cracked pepper or smoked-salmon wrap with capers and dill mayo. An array of desserts also changes with the availability of fresh ingredients, and they those sweets arrive at tables beneath brightly hued rustic paintings.