At Providence Oyster Bar, fresh-caught oysters and clams populate a chilled raw bar, and shooters, shellfish, and pasta dishes supplement a menu of savory bistro selections. Celebrate socially acceptable slurping noises with a half dozen blue-point oysters from Long Island Sound ($13.50). For an entree, Long Island duck battles crispy artichoke in a black-cherry-and-espresso-demi-glaze ring with an audience of ricotta gnocchi ($23.95). Seafood entrees range from shrimp puttanesca atop linguini ($23) or goat-cheese risotto capped with seared sea scallops ($27.95). After tasting a selection from the extensive wine or martini list, tone-deaf taste buds will find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
At Timmy’s One Bay Avenue, diners enjoy scenic waterfront views as chefs prepare a menu of succulent steaks and fresh seafood. A cup of new england clam chowder ($2.95) or the steamed mussels in a light garlic and butter broth ($8.95) pave the way for heartier eats, such as the filet mignon ($21.95), a 10-ounce center-cut steak so tender it weeps at cell-phone commercials, and the honey-almond salmon ($17.95). For the best of land and sea, guests can sample the surf 'n' turf, a hearty 12-ounce Black Angus sirloin steak served alongside three baked, stuffed shrimp. Complement feasts or add a prop to arm-flailing sea shanties with a chalice of wine or beer.
Featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as a neighborhood pizza staple, family-owned P&D Oxford House of Pizza decorates 19 specialty pies in a livery of savory toppings while dishing out platters of toasty Italian fare. The Inferno pizza ($8.50–$14) coaxes taste buds through a doughy ring of fire spackled with pepperoni, sausage, and hot peppers, and the Athenian's garlic butter sets the gustatory stage for grilled chicken morsels dressed in spinach togas and feta-cheese helmets ($8.50–$14). Patrons can choose their own pizza adventure with a slew of toppings, including broccoli, meatballs, and bacon. P&D's toasted grinders, such as the steak- and mushroom-laden "Flynn-IE" ($6–$7.50), deepen the roster of handheld edibles, and homemade lasagna ($6.25) leads a hearty caravan of pasta dishes. Guests can defer to the bistro’s free Internet access to settle dinnertime disputes over whether pasta was first invented by China, Italy, or Marlon Brando as a way to pass the time on the set of The Godfather.
Le Central's classic bistro atmosphere charms visitors from the onset with black-and-white-checked floors framed by red and yellow walls. The eatery's farm-to-table approach to French fare keeps admiration flowing, and even helped garner a head-nod and Best Neighborhood Restaurant distinction from Rhode Island Monthly. Below modern hanging lights, tables populate with starters of butter and herb-roasted mussels, house-made charcuterie, and salads rife with roquefort and gruyere cheese. Entrees of locally sourced fish and traditional coq au vin steam with olive tapenade, house-cured bacon, and chili-glazed duck confit.
While sipping on a cocktail or wine at the weathered wooden bar, guests can question the bartender about the bistro's Sunday brunch crepes or the architectural possibilities of crafting a beer hat out of a classic French beret.
The Fish Market Restaurant and Bar’s talented chefs plate an array of seafood menu offerings alongside succulent steaks and bountiful pastas to complete a scenic waterfront-dining experience. Lunchtime cravings meet their match against the lobster roll—a freshly shucked lobster bathed in tarragon mayo and served on a grilled roll ($14). Pescetarians can their sink fangs into the linguine and clam sauce’s locally sourced littleneck clams sautéed in house-made marinara ($17). The catch of the day sends a baked filet sailing toward tables toting house stuffing and a copy of the day’s newspaper to prove its freshness ($19). The seafood fra diavola unrolls a veritable red carpet fit for oceanic celebrities such as shrimp, sea scallops, muscles, and lobster doused in spicy marinara and served over linguine or penne pasta ($29).
Sun brings to life the goldenrod walls and vases of cut flowers in Tavern By The Sea's dining room, which opens onto the sailboat-speckled mirror of Wickford Harbor. Crisp linens cloak tables and serve as positive role models for young ghosts, and the sizzle of oil drifts into the dining room, laden with the scent of fish 'n' chips breaded in Sam Adams. Drifting strands of steam unfurl from bowls of lobster bisque, and chowders don crowns of cracker crumbs to add textural accents to New England clams and cream. During the summer months or the reign of rogue meteorologists, the eatery's deck opens for business and fills with chatter drifting from beneath a colorful battalion of umbrellas.