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Honeymooning in Newport, RI - Aug 27th

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Brigita Aug 4, 2006 04:01 PM

We are staying at the Castle Hill Inn and already have a reservation there for one night. Can people recommend other places to have meals, drinks? I have heard Flo's Clam Shack also. Want to buy wine to bring back as well. Thank you! We are from NYC, if that helps anyone decide what to recommend.

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    yerfatma RE: Brigita Aug 4, 2006 07:28 PM

    I moved away years ago, but it looks like the <a href="http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide... Desk</a> is still good. <a href="http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide... White Horse Tavern</a> is the first tavern in the US (jacket and tie required). Avoid Brick Alley Pub unless you're searching for mediocrity.

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      John Cuttino RE: Brigita Aug 4, 2006 07:50 PM

      Many good options. Castle Hill Inn is the best, be there for sunset.
      West Deck, Scales and Shells, The Mooring, 22 Bowen in the Thames St area are good/great.
      Flo's Clam shack has the best fried seafood. Very "down and dirty". Just off First (Easton's) Beach.
      The wine shop on Bellevue is the best.

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        Brigita RE: Brigita Aug 4, 2006 07:57 PM

        Thank you. I don't mind blending the fancy-pants places with the places like Flo's. Can't wait!

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          Sap115 RE: Brigita Aug 4, 2006 08:02 PM

          Newport Vineyards has a nice place for wine tasting. The wines aren't half bad. I really liked the cabernet franc that they had.

          1. a l i c e RE: Brigita Aug 8, 2006 01:00 AM

            You might find some useful info in this thread. Incidentally, I am among those who doesn't like Flo's....I would hate to have you eat bad food on your honeymoon.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              JaneRI RE: Brigita Aug 9, 2006 08:43 PM

              I don't think very much of Newport or Sakonnet wineries, but I think Westport Rivers (Westport MA) is wonderful....known for sparklers (excellent) and they also make a nice dry rose that I like.

              1. sivyaleah RE: Brigita Aug 9, 2006 08:44 PM

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                My report from about a year ago - hope it helps.

                And we disliked 22 Boewens enormously. Too touristy and overpriced to boot.

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                  lvtotry RE: Brigita Aug 9, 2006 08:54 PM

                  Had a great dinner at the West Deck this past weekend. A bit more upscale inside then a great place to have a few drinks after (a bit rowdy though.) The candy store has great sushi and the black pearl patio is a fun place to hang outside and have a drink at sunset.

                  1. xilinxchic RE: Brigita Aug 15, 2006 02:42 PM

                    The Spiced Pear strikes me as very different than it's name - it is more parlor-room old-money glamour than contemporary, but views from the dining room of the cliffwalk is so romantic. I had a lovely meal as well.
                    http://www.spicedpear.com/

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                      Brigita RE: xilinxchic Aug 15, 2006 06:36 PM

                      The place looks amazing, but wow, those prices are even a bit crazy for New York City, and I am someone who will pay them!

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                      Brigita RE: Brigita Aug 15, 2006 03:09 PM

                      Lots of good places to choose from. The Castle Hill Inn also recommended a place called The Obelisk and Asterik (I think)?? Has anyone been there?

                      1. a l i c e RE: Brigita Aug 15, 2006 03:24 PM

                        I believe it's just called "Asterix" now. It was excellent before the name change and I have not been since this revamping (name and menu overhaul?).

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                          Brigita RE: Brigita Aug 15, 2006 06:35 PM

                          I will find out and report back !

                          1. Dax RE: Brigita Aug 16, 2006 03:56 PM

                            I liked West Deck on my one trip there a few months back. Pricey but great food.

                            Baked Oysters au Gratin with Leeks, Fennel Sauce & Parmesan Cheese $13. I could have eaten 12 of these. I get enough raw oysters in Boston so like to try other variations and this was delicious.

                            Bermuda Fish Chowder with Gosling’s Rum & Sherry Pepper Sauce
                            $7.50. Ok, but I'll stick to dark and stormies for my intake of Goslings

                            Lobster Fatulli ~ Poached Lobster with Button Mushrooms, Potato Gnocchi, & Lobster Cream $44/market. Pricy, but delicious. I think the meat was from a 1.25 lb lobster. Gnocchi good but not amazing.

                            I forget what dish my friend had but he ate all of it.

                            http://www.westdeck.com/menus.asp

                            Bob's on Thames is ok for pressed sandwiches. Avoid the Red Parrot.

                            Menu at the Cheeky Monkey looked good

                            http://www.cheekymonkeycafe.com/menu....

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                              Pegmeister RE: Brigita Aug 16, 2006 05:39 PM

                              I absolutely love the Cheeky Monkey! The atmosphere is funky but the food presentation is lovely. The bananas foster dessert was my favorite, but the shrimp in puff pastry appetizer was a close second!

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                                Dax RE: Pegmeister Aug 16, 2006 06:41 PM

                                Pegmeister what were the prices like at Cheeky? I seem to recall they were a little less than West Deck but it's been a couple of months since I saw their menu in person and prices are not listed on the website.

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