At Pearl Restaurant & Lounge, diners might find themselves twirling pasta around forks or trapping sushi rolls between chopsticks. Both eating styles are represented in the eclectic menu, which showcases inventive forays into Italian and Asian cuisines. There's pizzas piled with prosciutto and mesclun greens, raviolis stuffed with lobster, and pan-seared pork dumplings ripe for dipping into a spicy Szechuan sauce. And to model the food, there's also two types of dining atmospheres: a romantic outdoor terrace or elegant blue-lit dining room. Following meals, you need only step into the lounge area for a little nightlife; live music fills the 18,000-square-foot space on Friday and Saturday nights until 2 a.m. with the sounds of jazz, low-key beats, and Muzak renditions of the chicken dance.
Picking a meal at Grid Iron Ale House & Grille is no easy task, but that choice pales in comparison to selecting a beverage. That's because bartenders keep more than 30 craft beers on tap, not to mention many more bottled alongside top-shelf spirits and a dozen wines. The libations complement the culinary team's mostly classic approach to pub food, which includes Angus sliders with chipotle mayo and subs whose meatballs come stuffed with mozzarella. Feasts unfold amid constant entertainment, from live events such as karaoke and poker to games on HDTVs adorning every wall and carefully balanced on each server's head.
Few things go better together than crispy appetizers, beefy burgers, and beer, a recipe that L.A. Bailey's has mastered. The casual bar and grill couples familiar eats such as corned beef sandwiches and grilled Reubens with draft and bottled beers, as well as with inventive cocktails—the L.A. lemonade includes lots of Grey Goose citron mulled with lemon and sugar and topped with sour mix. Elsewhere, musical acts take the stage on occasion and recreational pool and cards host friendly competitions.
Unknowing passersby often overlook the inconspicuous entrance to Vanity due to its clever—albeit anachronistic—disguise as a telephone booth. A tribute to the profusion of speakeasy clubs that popped up in the Prohibition era, Vanity decorates its posh interior with black-and-white photos, vintage-inspired décor, and coat racks that look suspiciously like undercover cops.
However backwards-looking the décor, the menu reflects ultra-contemporary tastes with its mix of New American and Italian flavors. A selection of starters—aptly named "temptations"—include Italian eggrolls stuffed with shaved cold cuts, and "Vanity plates" include such colorful dishes as the Double Cross Delmonico rib-eye steak. Like any respectable speakeasy, Vanity features a lengthy drink menu with elderflower-flavored cocktails, sugar-rimmed martinis, and gin and tonics garnished with fresh eviction notices.
With more than 15 years of culinary experience under his belt, Chef Waulter curates the menu of Italian and American grub at Santinos Bar & Grill. He and his staff crank out saucy classics such as grilled pizzas and St. Louis–style barbecue ribs. Black Angus beef chuck and short rib form the basis of burgers loaded with fixings such as gorgonzola and crispy bacon. Meat-free options include leafy salads, veggie wraps, and sumptuous desserts.
It started in 1981 as "The Newport Film Society," and by 1983, it had become the area's very first international film festival. Today, the tradition continues under the moniker of Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Despite the change in name and audiences' evolving tastes in popcorn, the event's mission remains constant: to showcase features, documentaries, and shorts by independent filmmakers from across the globe. Ranked as one of the top 10 short film festivals and top 10 international film festivals in Chris Gore's The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, RIIFF is also among the few such events recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to qualify short films for Oscar gold.