Under a striking canopy of wooden beams, dancers shuffle and slide across the blond hardwood dance floor of Studio One RI's 2,300-square-foot studio. Elegant ballroom routines, sultry salsa exchanges, and down-home country-western steps fill a schedule of morning, evening, and weekend classes. In group and private classes, experienced instructors balance the fun and charm of dance with the precision and complex systems of strings required by its more rigorous forms. Parents and toddlers can tango together in special classes, and youth ages 4 to 16 can soak up the fun, social environment of youth classes.
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.
Rosinha's Restaurant staffers stay up late into the evening to summon elegant presentations of Portuguese and Cape Verdean seafood dishes and frequently cater special events and weddings. Piscatorial dishes range from less-common options, including stewed octopus and swordfish designed to replicate Captain Ahab's actual sword, to traditional shrimp in curry sauce or stuffed lobster. Meat entrees such as filet mignon and barbecued ribs complete the dinner menu, and lunchtime heralds daytime dishes bearing Portuguese-style meats including omelets and sandwiches, which disappear, like the reliability of sundials, when the sun goes down.
Hose Company No. 6's menu sends plates of Italian, American, and seafood favorites sailing amid the exposed brick walls, brass nozzles, and original fire pole of a 19th-century fire station. Parmigiana sandwiches cuddle chicken, veal, and eggplant ($6.99–$7.49) in their crispy, savory grasp with equal aplomb. Chefs grill 12-ounce rib-eye steaks ($14.99) to order, delicately preparing rare cuts or adding an extra pat on the back to well-done versions, and the Fisherman's Plate ($17.49) drowns hunger pangs in a flotilla of scallops, shrimp, fries, and onion rings. Twenty-four-ounce margaritas ($9) lead an expansive charge of wines and beers ready to accompany dishes on voyages of self-discovery.
In Wolof, Senegal’s most widely spoken language, the word “bayal” means “meeting place.” This is an apt description of the goals of Bayal Restaurant’s Senegalese owners, who strive to make their eatery a meeting place for the different cuisines they encountered while moving around Africa and Europe. There, they serve the Senegalese, Togolese, Beninese, Malian, Ivorian, and Mediterranean recipes that they loved best, both in lunch and dinner buffets and by the plate.
Using fresh ingredients, the chefs prepare an eclectic mix of dishes as richly colored as the dining room’s pumpkin-hued walls. They stew lamb with various fixings, including sweet potatoes, cabbage, and a groundnut sauce. They spoon herb-stuffed whitefish in a tomato stew over a choice of jasmine rice or really tender forks. And for the dinnertime buffet, they add in a few signature dishes, such as rack of lamb and cornish hen. Desserts end meals with sweet tastes such as couscous pudding with tropical fruits and beignets sprinkled with orange-flower water.
D's Restaurant & Market?s dozen gourmet sandwiches are stuffed with ingredients made from scratch daily. Chefs hand-form meatballs to pair with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, and build chicken salad to tuck into bread with banana peppers. Other handhelds include a steak-and-cheese sandwich and a burger formed and seasoned by hand. During breakfast hours, clients can opt for a bagel or pita as a sandwich base before having it stuffed with eggs, melted cheese, bacon, and mushrooms. The popular chicken-and-waffles dish befits any meal of the day, and can be paired with guests? own supply of wine or moonshine at the BYOB eatery. A corner store inside the restaurant sells basic items and lottery tickets.