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Newport, RI in October

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I am heading to Newport in late October with my wife (or "She Who Is My Wife" as they say in Star Trek!) and wanted to get dining recommendations. Are there any must go type places? I have heard of: Spiced Pear; Cheeky Monkey and a few others. Thank you.

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  1. Cheeky Monkey is cool with a great vibe. Pretty good food most of the time.

    Spiced Pear stinks now that the chef and his entire crew left. They have some hack in there who has a major attitude and I cannot stand his small, pretentious and poor tasting food. Dont waste the dollars

    Castle Hill is doing great things. Food better than most. Not the best in the world but good for Newport.

    Tuckers is pretty good as well. New chef was a line guy at Spiced Pear Im told and foods pretty good. He is a great guy (Tucker) and always pleases me to chat with him

    Hope this helps

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    1. re: foodluvr

      wifie and i dined at spiced pear last year -- a nice evening, elegant, seven-course gourmet meal -- but bring your credit cards,the deed to your house, and have the first-born waiting in the car as backup, just in case

      1. re: ragman

        Have you been there this year. A few things have changed. Like the level of service dropped quite a bit and the new chef isn't quite the same but as always some things never change, like the price for the meal. If you think you get what you pay for, spiced pear will proof you wrong.

    2. We thoroughly enjoyed Scales and Shells. Casual but nice with an open kitchen as you walk in. Menu on a chalkboard, great bread and dessert, reasonably priced. They do not take credit cards though.

      Link: http://www.scalesandshells.com

      1. Thanks for the tips, especially on the chef change at the Pear!

        1. I would book a table window at Castle Hill Inn for before sunset...great food and great views. Mucho expensive and worth every penny!
          22 Bowen is great for grilled meats
          Moorings has a basic menu but good views
          Red Parrot is a casual, fun place with lots of special drinks and some really good food
          I would take a picnic lunch from Panera Bread to either Fort Adams or Ocean Drive.
          Avoid "Loca" - Mexican on Long Wharf just went there and it was awful!

          1. I would book a table window at Castle Hill Inn for before sunset...great food and great views. Mucho expensive and worth every penny!
            22 Bowen is great for grilled meats
            Moorings has a basic menu but good views
            Red Parrot is a casual, fun place with lots of special drinks and some really good food
            I would take a picnic lunch from Panera Bread to either Fort Adams or Ocean Drive.
            Avoid "Loca" - Mexican on Long Wharf just went there and it was awful!

            1. We also liked Yesterdays. We went for the beer selection and enjoyed good seafood. I had a Jamaican jerk/alfredo seafood pasta that was decidedly different and quite good. Try the Market on Memorial for some nice baked goods, coffee sandwiches and such. Ocean Coffee roasters on Washington Square for breakfast and the morning fix. A very nice, small coffee shop on the end of Bannister's Wharf (I think.) Sit on the dock surrounded by boats. Get it "for here" so you get a china cup to sip from and rest on the wide arms of the Adirondack chair. Food was good at Red Parrot but way too noisy for us. It might be ok though if you sit out front by the sidewalk for people watching.

              1. If you you need another opinion I am tempted to put my two cents in.

                Spiced Pear, don't waste your time; and you would need plenty. They always seem to be short staffed in restaurant and kitchen. The new chef brought his NY attitude. Doesn't fit into Newport, especially after the big summer crowd is gone.

                Sunset at Castle Hill is a great one, 22 Bowens and Tuckers is fun too!

                Good luck! Have fun!

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                1. re: Katrin

                  Good Point. The attitude is even worse considering hes not from New York but from St. Louis. Go figure. What does he have to be so high nosed for, especially since his food is below par. Way not as good from the last chef.

                2. Our favorite place to go is Belle's Cafe at the Newport Shipyard,, great breakfast and lunch! Agreed on the spiced pear,, dont waste your time. Check out Salvation Cafe on Broadway for a fun, eclectic menu and setting. Tuckers is always a great bet,, another real gem is Pasta Beach on Memorial BLVD,, good luck!

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