The Bakery Boutique's dessert-crafting doyens sate sweet teeth with a bevy of ambrosial treats, earning their confectionery the 2010 award for Best Cupcakes in Rhode Island by the Rhode Island Monthly. These illustrious cupcakes come in more than 60 variations, ranging from signature tongue pleasers—such as the dark-chocolate cupcake ($2.10) and the vanilla-buttercream-topped tuxedo cupcake ($2.10)—to avant-garde gastronomic delights, including the cannoli cupcake ($2.60) and the Nutella banana-filled cupcake($3). Put palates to the test with a delicacy from the unique wine-inspired cupcake collection, which provides all the delicious nuances of vino without purpling any feet or inducing uninhibited James Cagney impersonations ($3 each). Or lacquer taste buds with brownies, mini desserts—such as pintsize cheesecakes ($1.65)—or a spectrum of dipped treats that includes oreos ($4.95 for 7) and pretzel rods ($5.95 for 8) after they've been submerged in chocolate dunk tanks.
Ranked the No. 1 Submarine Sandwich Franchise in the 2011 "Franchise 500" issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Subway has graced the globe with nutritious stacks of meats, crisp veggies, flavorful cheeses, and fresh-baked breads since 1965. Sandwiches, which can be left out cold or invited into a toaster, include classics such as the turkey breast, black-forest ham, the premium big philly cheesesteak, and a host of $5 foot-long subs—which can be used to measure a child's height or the distance between Earth and the sun. There are also kids' meals to introduce children to the concept of eating. The eateries also open for bountiful breakfast sandwiches served alongside cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee.
Bella’s chef Gio Calapi, a second-generation restaurant owner, mixes Old World wisdom with contemporary creativity to furnish a menu of authentic Italian eats. Diners can peruse first-course favorites such as the wild-mushroom-and-parmesan risotto ($8) before carrying on with a classic caprese salad ($9).
The gourmet cupcakes of Bad Kat Kupkakes are composed of frosting and cake made entirely from scratch and infused with ingredients such as cordials to give them an “adult” twist. Flavors include merlot, chocolate, and chili, bourbon with sweet peach frosting, jalapeno and strawberry, or pink lemonade. Also available are cupcakes baked directly in gift-wrapped jars and children’s flavors.
For Anthony and Denise Sierra, California-style burritos aren't just a fast and healthy meal. They're a tribute to Mark Tryhubczak, the chef and friend who brought them together. After teaching Anthony to cook and Denise to tend bar, Mark introduced the couple at his own burrito shop, Block Island Burrito Company. Together, the trio turned the fledgling business into a local gem in the early 1990s. Though Mark has sadly passed away, his legacy lives on through Anthony and Denise's joyful eatery, which helps patrons to build their own memories around plates of nachos and steaming bowls of chili. Anthony handcrafts the entire lineup of edibles each day, making every bite more refreshing than a mentholated dunk tank. Flour tortillas encase seven types of burritos, which teem with seasoned meats and colorful veggies such as bell peppers, sweet corn, and ripe red tomatoes. Instead of gift-wrapping microwaves and trimming sun rays with frosting, guests can celebrate heat waves on the patio while sipping festive margaritas and three types of sangria.
Patriots Diner is a throwback to the 1950s, a time when restaurants and soda fountains served as important hubs of socialization. The menu there deepens nostalgia with dishes that the owners hope emulates the cooking most people grew up with. Under glowing lights like hanging martini glasses, plates brim with juicy burgers, fish and chips, meat loaf, and pork chops. Coffee cups warm hands next to all-day breakfast offerings of omelets and waffles beneath walls decorated with vintage magazine covers and photos of Christopher Columbus’ wooden scuba flippers. The restaurant’s neon-blue lights are easily seen from the roadside and match the dining room’s royal blue booths and chrome-trimmed stools.