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Joanie | Dec 1, 201604:30 AM     1

Did the annual post-Thanksgiving New England road trip spending one nite in New Haven and one in Newport. On the roundabout way from Boston, we ended up at Bill's Bread & Breakfast in Putnam and had a great meal. Split a western sandwich on their homemade English muffin and a large raspberry pancake (they had lots of options, all properly made in the batter not thrown on top). There were almost too many berries since the pancake itself was quite good. They also had tons of muffins ranging from the usual to the banana coconut cream and coffee chip I brought home. They lasted until Mon/Tues and were excellent. After walking around New Haven some, we got an afternoon pizza at Da Legna on State St, a few doors from Modern. Big pleasant space, no lines to wait in, $16 for a tasty clam pizza and lots of beer choices for A. We then hit Ordinary on Chapel St. for happy hour altho ended up just ordering from the regular menu. I had an excellent Bee's Knees for $10. The bartenders were super nice letting me have tastes of the ingredients to figure out where I was getting that great herbal flavor (a gin called McKenzie). After regrouping, we hit the remodeled Anchor Spa but it seems to have lost a little of its 50's flair. Had another Bee's Knees but not quite as good. We tried to go to a couple restaurants but places were already closed so ended up at Pacifico which was okay. Anchovies on bread and duck quesadilla (at a whopping $14 for a small portion) were tasty enough but service was scattered and the music was horrendous (everywhere else had cool music IMO). On Sat. morning, we stopped at Crazy Donuts for an excellent pumpkin donut and coffee and headed to RI.

Got to Newport and had lunch at the upstairs bar at Midtown on Thames, the place was jumping. We split a fried oyster roll w/ good fries for about $17. I got a giant bourbon drink that I couldn't finish, A got an IPA as usual. We enjoyed the vibe and the bartender. Sat at the bar for dinner at Fluke which was great, the host/hostess were welcoming but this bartender kind of sucked. No personality, didn't refill water until asked, didn't remove plates, etc. However the skate and monkfish were great ($27), potato soup and foie gras ravioli were decent and we had some of the best bread pudding I've had recently, nice and light. Ended with a drink at Malt on Broadway which was mellow and nice. On Sun. we had an okay breakfast at Annie's on Bellevue Ave, good banana French toast but their corned beef hash was kind of mushy and boring, no crispness on the outside. But nice folks working. On the way out of town, we stopped at Ma's Donuts in Middletown where I got an apple cider and pumpkin donut and A got a blueberry cake, all very good. Stopped in for a nice wine tasting at Greenvale Winery in Portsmouth and headed back in time for the Patriots.

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