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.
Since the founder opened the first Gem Ravioli in 1955, the chefs have been using the same preservative-free recipes to craft their signature handmade ravioli. They stuff the pasta pockets with a classic house blend of cheeses or gourmet ingredients such as butternut squash, mascarpone cheese, and walnuts. Customers may pick up frozen pastas at retail locations or order online.
Even if you order a plain cheeseburger at Boss Man Burgers, you'd have five different cheeses to contend with. Although that plain cheeseburger would taste great, the selection of specialty burgers is not to be missed. Crafted from a quarter-pound patty of Angus beef, these specialty burgers include the El Parque, a fiery blend of pico de gallo, jalapeños, and El Parque hot sauce that sears the tongue in a tastier way than licking a match. The Portuguese burger is topped with chourico, and the Double Your Pleasure gives breakfast a nod with its fried-egg topping.
Housed in a historic 13-room mansion-turned-hotel, the spa at Stone House encompasses the essence of luxury with its lavish, extensive list of services that includes reflexology, nail care, aroma stone therapy, massages, and more. Begin descending into the blissful abyss with an Osea age rejuvenation facial, an invigorating treatment during which a serum containing oxygen extracted from marine plants is combined with minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes and slathered over face-skin to kick-start cell metabolism and rev up regeneration ($60 for 30 minutes, $100 for an hour). The Farmaesthetics sea-kelp exfoliating body wrap incorporates sea kelp, lavender buds, and heat-producing essential oils to nudge tired, overworked cells back to life ($100 for 60 minutes), and the Farmaesthetics hot-toddy body scrub with calendula remedy wrap uses organic herbs and citrus body oils to cleanse clogged-up systems. For relieving aches and pains from acting as a human trampoline, the royal Thai massage releases tensions, stimulates blood flow, and aids in healing the body ($100 for 60 minutes).
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.
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.