Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Performing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears that have been damaged by the cacophony of city life and the screeching of prima-donna chalkboards.
It's no wonder that Dave and Camille, the owners of Camille's Wood Fired Pizza, have adopted the mantra "food is love." Nearly a decade ago they met in a pizzeria without any idea that one day they would fall in love and open their very own restaurant. Today, their love for each other and for great food helps to warm the inviting atmosphere at Camille's, along with the kitchen's wood-fire oven, which heats up to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The taste furnace renders crispy crusts on specialty pies, which chefs top with products from organic and sustainable farms whenever possible. Small plates such as artisanal salads and inventive ideas such as eggplant fries round out meals and bring an upscale touch to pizza night.
Raya's serves a mélange of comfort foods, with an emphasis on Greek and Italian favorites, in a family-friendly atmosphere. Their menu is a mishmash of mouth treats, featuring everything from pizza (all under $15) to chicken wings, which come in 11 flavors, including Hawaiian, teriyaki, and "awesome," a wing that will give your taste buds a foot massage with one hand while juggling with the other. Burgers, paninis, gyros, and subs (each under $9) all fight it out for sandwich domination, while seafood and pasta lurk in the corner, waiting to jump the winner. The Cajun-flavored Mardi Gras chicken ($12.95) and the Surf-n-Turf topped with shrimp ($14.95) are just a couple of the menu items that Raya's recommends as house specialties. The dining room is warm and inviting, with wood paneling, white table cloths, and comfortable red vinyl booths waiting to prop up hungry diners as they pore over Raya's sizeable bill of fare.
At The Pizza Grille of Mystic, chefs grill freshly tossed dough over a wood-fired grill, then layer the thin, crispy discs with gourmet toppings such as ricotta, wild mushrooms, and fresh herbs. Though the namesake entree puts a creative spin on pizza dough, most dishes cleave closely to traditional Italian recipes. Chefs load calzones with housemade tomato sauce and nearly 2-dozen fillings, the same number of fillings found in the mouth of the average sugar-company owner. The kitchen team also tosses pastas with wood-grilled meats and from-scratch marinara sauce.
Although it may have fallen out of Top 40 rotation in the 70 years since it was sung by a burger-shop owner’s barbershop quartet, the song “When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)” lives on in the legacy of a Seattle-based burger joint. The Red Robin franchise has spread its wings far and wide, now serving locations throughout North America with sustainably grown, environmentally conscious burgers and sides that marry classic American flavors with savory twists such as onion straws or bruschetta. Most of the shop’s fire-grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, and entrees come with a side of bottomless steak fries, allowing patrons to soak up the juicy Whiskey River barbecue sauce, melted blue cheese, and edible fedoras that top the menu’s varied eats. The staff are happy to help patrons pair their sandwiches with one of the full bar’s microbrews or specialty mixed drinks, keeping glasses filled while athletic superstars battle it out on the eatery's big-screen TVs.