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Briefe results of Newport restaurant tour

nosey | May 25, 2006 12:36 PM

First stop was the Black Pearl for mussels and Fried Brie. The mussels were perfect, as always. Fried Brie was good, but was best with the slices of apple. Dinner at the Cooke House. Second floor bar- Bartender was personable and helpful. We just ordered burgers. They were huge but a little more well done than medium rare. The frites were very good.
Have you guessed that "diet" was a 4 letter word on this trip?
Sunday Brunch at West Deck was wonderful. The baked oysters(6) were delicious and the eggs benedict done just right. Again, we sat at the bar. The kitchen is open directly behind the bar so we could watch the chef (Johnson&Wales grad). The small basket of breads and pastries were also very good. Bad news is that this was their last brunch indoors for the season.

Very few places had their outside bars/decks open. Apparently Memorial Day is the official start of tourist seasson and the outsides start to open up (at least on weekends).

Dinner was grazing at Tucker's. Awesome place- funky, mismatched, small with great food. The Thai shrimp Nachos were a hit, the calamari was a bit overwhelming, and the duck rolls were very good. I would like to go back for a whole dinner sometime.

Lunch was at 22 Portside (outside of 22 Bowen's)where we split a BBQ bacon burger and ordered the chop salad. I like the chop salad at Chart House better, but it was good to have something green and crunchy. It just wasn't real imaginative, except for the hearts of palm.

Grazed dinner at the Moorings, again at the bar. baked oysters (5), scallop chowder and steak sandwich on a baguette. All was yummy! I did not think the baked oysters were as good here as they were at West Deck, but they were still very good. The chowder was excellent.

We usually share so we can try more items, but why do reataurants insist on serving an odd number of apps on a plate? I would rather there be 4 of something, than 5. 6 would be perfect, but I can live with 4.

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