In skilled hands, veggies can pass for or even outdo cuts of meat. At Veggie Fun, the chefs drape firm tofu in sauces, paralleling chicken dishes. The eatery’s Peking-style soy duck recreates the Chinese standard with wheat-based faux meat and bowls of dark hoisin sauce. The same wheat chicken can soak up the biting earthiness of black pepper or take on a citric bite from orange sauce. From beneath rich waves of umami, pan-Asian influences shine with a palette of ingredients that includes oyster mushrooms, lemongrass, sweet potato, and seaweed. Unlike brake pads, drinks are better when crafted by hand, so the chefs create housemade beverages such as ginger ale and lemonade to accompany meals.
Few things are more intimate than sharing food, and at Bocado's new Providence location, it's not just encouraged, it's basically required. On the menu, diners can opt to design a feast with one of Bocado's "experiences," which combine a number of charcuterie and cheeses, tapas, traditional paella, and homemade desserts. Featured tapas change monthly, while a long list of staples includes thin-sliced cured Spanish ham, grilled Moroccan octopus, and bacon-wrapped scallops drizzled with white truffle honey. Of course, no tapas meal is complete without wine or sangria, and Bocado's list is well-equipped for pairings.
At Fruitzzy, customers create their own icy treats using as many flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings as they can fit into a cup. The shop rotates its approximately 80 yogurt flavors on a daily basis and stocks more than 40 edible adornments, including fruits, candies, and nuts. To appease as a wide a customer base as possible, the treat haven offers only certified gluten-free flavors and a range of nonfat options. In addition to free WiFi, Fruitzzy offers complimentary valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays, bypassing the need to find a spot or replace the ejector seat before going in.
Though the idea of sharing a table with the Godfather, Scarface, and Don Carlo might be scary, it only gets mouths watering at Wise Guys Deli. That’s because these gangster-inspired nicknames simply denote several of the deli's freshly crafted sandwiches, each of which is piled with prosciutto, juicy roast beef, and fried eggplant. The chefs also churn out Sleep with the Fishes specials—seafood-based soups, starters, and entrees—as well as breakfast selections and premade meals from a gleaming deli case.
At Half Way Tree Authentic Jamaican Cuisine, the authenticity of each dish grows with each added ingredient. Beginning with tender chunks of fried plantain, cooks layer on piles of rice and peas, and finish with signature island proteins ranging from oxtail and goat curry to jerk chicken and fillet of red snapper. They also marinate chicken wings in a homemade jerk sauce before adding extra jerk spices infused with barbecue, buffalo, or teriyaki accents.
You can always count on being well-fed and entertained at Dave & Buster's. The sprawling entertainment complex features a full bar with specialty cocktails and a dining area that serves burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and other dishes. The franchise is known for its Million Dollar Midway, the uber game room that consists of rows and rows of blinking, ticket-spewing arcade games — more than 130 total with hundreds of prizes to redeem for.