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disappointing eating in Newport


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disappointing eating in Newport

Joanie | Aug 27, 2004 07:57 AM

A friend and I were there last Sun/Mon. and after eating a great meal at Tucker's on Broadway last year, looked forward to more good food this time. We should have stuck to the Broadway area cuz the menu at Nori's looked good and Salvation Cafe is just so cool looking. But we opted for the touristy area to be where it was more hopping. Started at the bar at the Mooring for a couple glasses of white wine and mussels. Wine was served in glasses that seemed like something you'd have when you first moved out of your parents' house. Thick rimmed, but he sure poured it full. The mussels themselves were fresh and clean but the broth was completely boring. Not the kind that makes you want to dip every crumb of bread in to soak up the goodness. And the bread itself was a very standard boring cold roll. Bartender was nice tho and entrees looked good.

We walked around trying to figure out where to eat cuz lots of menus sounded ineresting. Vincents was already closed and he sent us to the West Deck but that was the one truly jumping place and too crowded to deal with. We ended up at Percy's on Thames which was cute but only okay. We sat at the bar and got our orders in quickly cuz they were ready to close (about 9:45). Got a sidecar and watermelon martini but the martini started to taste like cough syrup to me and that went to waste. Lobster/crabcakes sounded amazing but were small little patties without a ton of flavor and the greens were just thrown on the side with no dressing. We split the tuna which was almost too huge a chunk, rare w/ a good soy type sauce and wasabi. Some nice veggies on the side. It was good enough but the whole nite had been a bit of a letdown and we should have just picked a place on Broadway.

We did have a decent lobster salad on croissant w/ fries at the Black Pearl that lovely afternoon. And a good breakfast at Bishop's 4th St. Diner the next day. Altho I'm not sure my first taste of RI johnnycakes will make me order them again. I thought they'd be like cornmeal pancakes i'd had before but these were super thin and a little salty tasting. Portugese french toast was thick and sweet, didn't need syrup. Eggs were cooked perfectly medium (harder than it sounds).

Thought about getting a bite at Evelyn's on my way back to Boston but the combination of a big breakfast, going out to dinner later that day and clams at $20.99 for a regular box kept me from getting anything. Wish I could have just grabbed one off someone else's plate to see if they're all they're cracked up to be, but my experience with RI clams at this point makes me doubt it.

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