I've eaten at Newport Grill on two different holidays: Easter and Thanksgiving. Easter was the BEST buffet I've ever been to (and I HATE buffets). The food was from the restaurant's regular menu. It was beautiful and tasted great. So, with the kitchen being remodeled, we decided to return for Thanksgiving. Yuck.
Three in our party chose the turkey. I had the beef tenderloin. It was tender, but covered in a tomato-based sauce that had the consistency of something that comes out of an envelope. The cornbread stuffing was way too wet. The menu said it had sausage, but we couldn't find any and there was no sausage flavor. The yams were good. But each plate had the stuffing, potatoes, yams and carrots piled on top of each other - making the whole plate look unappetizing. No one food stood out. It was not a pretty plate. Dessert was worse. So little there, why bother? My husband said it was like the cook just phoned it in, or worse: picked the dinners up at Spear's and forgot the pie. Ouch.
The only high spot was our delightful wait person. She was memorable. Has anyone else had a similar experience at Newport Grill? One good thing came from this outing: Our kitchen will be done by the next holiday.