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Oct 17, 2007 07:24 PM

Newport Rhode Island

My husband and I are going to be in Newport this weekend to celebrate my birthday. I was hoping to get some recommendations for casual brunch/lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Also looking for a casual dinner one night and a a little nicer for the other (b-day nite).
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Brick Alley Pub on Thames Street is very nice and good food.

    1. Something a little nicer - The Mooring. Or Cafe Zelda (sort of a French bistro feel, excellent french fries & homemade mac & cheese, as well as more upscale dishes).

      Many people like Brick Alley but I don't understand its appeal....the food is fine, but it's just burgers, wings, etc, in a nothing special atmosphere. I'm willing to concede it might be just me, as it seems to get mentioned here time and time again.

      1. For a celebration dinner, you can take a look at Castle Hill Inn (great food, views and service) or 22 Bowen(if you are in the mood for steaks) or The Moorings ( excellent veal chop here!). All of these require a reservation.
        Like fresh fish - Scales and Shells (cash only, casual, no reservations)...try any of the items that are mesquite grilled.
        For lunch - hit up Panera Bread on Thames and get your lunch to go. Enjoy while sitting along Ocean Drive or at Fort Adams...

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        1. re: Emilyc

          I second all the above, especially Scales and Shells, with exception of Panera.

          If you want to get some food "to go" for a lunch on the drive or at Ford Adams try: Sigs on Thames St. in the Fifth Ward for great deli sandwiches, Fire House Pizza at the corner of Thames and Wellington for grinders or Flos for clam shack fare.

          Flos can be hit or miss, but since the closing of Dry Dock there aren't a lot of other options in that genre.

          For a casual sit down, Yesterdays and Mudville are both fine choices, as is Buskers.

          1. re: Emilyc

            I had lunch at The Moorings today. It was pretty bad. There were three of us. Two chowders (which were ok), one calimari (I can still taste it in my mouth), two lobster rolls (I get better at the Hazard Grill in Enfield) and one turkey sandwich (served with a fried egg). Almost a hundred dollars and it was mediocre at best. I would never go back. HOWEVER, it was easy to drive my company to the entrance and to park and that was very important.

          2. I would look at 22 Bowens. The Mooring,...and Castle Hill are good choices too. I used to love the Cheeky Monkey, but sadly, Christies is there now. I agree with the earlier post about Brick Alley... Brick Alley Pub is casual, food is pub food, nothing great about it. And loud...lots of families end up there. . -- if you want pub food, the Rhino Bar has a decent menu.

            1. All those recs are good. Brick Alley is great for kids - loud and friendly. But what about The Black Pearl???? It's quintessential Newport - right in Bannister's Warf. Outside eating if it's warm - inside is old world - gorgeous. Great food. A little pricey so go for lunch and you can dress casually.....

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              1. re: gwynster

                Have you been to the Black Pearl recently? I would describe it as rundown & shabby, not old world gorgeous. I think that would come closer to describing Clarke Cooke House, but that food is merely ok.

                1. re: JaneRI

                  black pearl aint the top of my either but it's got a unique vibe that you won't find elsehwere on the coast. too bad for all the folks packin both the pearl and the cooke house today - they all looked to be having a great time, enjoying food & drink near on the water without realizing it was just ok.