Forget the best lobster rolls in RI - lobster mac-n-cheese is what it's all about!
For the past few years, I have been ordering the 'lobster mac-n-cheese' at various restaurants since this has become "the new trendy" meal - comfort food with a twist - appearing on every menu from Northern Rhode Island to Newport. I have to say last night I found the BEST 'Lobster M-n-C' at the Rue De l'espoir in Providence.
My friend and I met there last night for dinner. I haven't been since last winter (it always strikes me as a winter/cozy place), but it's just as charming in the summer as it is in winter ...and on Sunday evening, not too crowded - but just enough people in the dining room which made a pleasant atmosphere.
I decided on the Lobster m-n-c because this has become a summer favorite. It was outstanding - by far the best I've ever had. A very generous portion of rigatoni pasta, and chunks of lobster, shrimp and scallops. All this baked into a very mild cheese sauce - many times the cheese is too sharp and overpowering to enjoy the lobster at other restaurants, and the portions of lobster and scallops are not that generous.
The dinner was part of the 'prix fixe' menu - for $28 you get the entree, choice of soup or salad (and it was a delicious salad!), and dessert (I settled for the fruit tart which was just a little disappointing - should have been served cold not 'room temp').
My friend had the rack of lamb special ($27), which she said was out of this world (it looked very good).The dinners came with hot crusty bread as well,
Service, as always, was perfect there (though my only, only, only complaint - I wish they'd hire a few cute waiters instead of all pretty waitresses!) . A very pleasant summer dinner experience which I recommend highly .