So far: Went to New Rivers because I like the food. Walked out of New Rivers because of noise, cramped quarters, and poor service (they ignored me and were clearly upset that I alone was taking up one of their postage stamp tables.) Walked over to Mill's Tavern for a decent RR meal -- the shrimp/swordfish/sorbet. At least it is quiet, air conditioned and spacious.
Thursday and next Friday will be Gracie's, our favorite place in town. We also love Persimmon in Bristol. We do not like restaurants like Capriccio's ("limos," two doormen, etc.)
Given what I have said above, what other places might I like? I'm thinking Walter's, Temple, Chez Pascal, 242, and Blue Grotto. The only one I've been to before is Chez, one time great, other time so-so (sevice, not the food). My understanding is that Blue Grotto has new owners and staff and is now not for little old ladies anymore. True?
A couple notes: I'm mainly interested in dinner, not lunch, and a couple times I will be by myself in casual clothing. Other times dressed better with my wife.
Please air your suggestions and experiences here while the "week" is still on.