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temilove Oct 26, 2010 09:28 AM

Spending Thanksgiving in Newport, W/husband & 5 kids! (well behaved) we need a wonderful place
to spend our Thanksgiving that doesn't feel like a hotel. (It is our 15 yr. anniv!) Plz. Help!

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    JJChick Oct 27, 2010 09:28 AM

    Is cost an consideration?

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      temilove Nov 3, 2010 08:17 AM

      no, what are you thinking?

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      Nickmerill Oct 27, 2010 11:14 AM

      5 Kids? Okay, I would have to say Red Parrot. It's good. It's big. It has a huge menu. It's kid friendly. No idea if it's open for Thanksgiving. I'd also look into Brick Alley Pub. 5 kids means you want room and a large menu. Both places have good food and more importantly are affordable or at least a little more affordable than most places in Newport.

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      Red Parrot
      348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

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        eater7777 Oct 28, 2010 06:20 AM

        I second Red Parrot, I was pleasantly suprised with their quality of food.

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        Red Parrot
        348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

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          temilove Nov 3, 2010 08:18 AM

          Thanks so much, I will give them a call!

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          onionsteph Oct 28, 2010 06:48 AM

          Hi, I would suggest The Canfield House...it is kid friendly with old-world charm. It has a great Thanksgiving menu and will make your holiday not feel like you're eating at Applebees. We have been going there for the past 6 years and love it!

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            Nickmerill Oct 28, 2010 08:28 AM

            You know I thought I knew Newport but I never thought of the Canfield House. I looked it up at Onionsteph's above prompting and it looked pretty cool. I must have passed it a hundred or more times and never thought about it more than some inn. I'll check it out one of these days.

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            CheesyWiner Nov 1, 2010 09:14 AM

            I think the big question is "who is open for Thanksgiving?" Hopefully you will get enough ideas here and call around and find some places that are open. I am going for recommendations based on atmosphere that will feel holiday-ish and still be comfortable for kids. Canfield House is a good idea although i have only eaten there once. Rhumbline also comes to mind...seems festive. Maybe Atlantic beach club? I have actually never eaten there, but the view would be nice and I could see them doing a big family thanksgiving. Maybe even the Mooring too, they might have a special holiday menu

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            Rhumbline
            62 Bridge St, Newport, RI 02840

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              jscott Nov 3, 2010 08:27 AM

              Red Parrott and Brick Alley pub are nothing special (you can eat at a place like this anywhere in the US) - not a place I would go on a holiday (esp. on an anniversary). I would suggest: The Moorings, White Horse Tavern or Cooke House. They will be pricier than Red Parrot, but worth it. If you want to go really crazy ($$ and food), call the Spiced Pear or Inn at Castle Hill.

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              Spiced Pear Restaurant
              117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840

              Red Parrot
              348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

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                Nickmerill Nov 3, 2010 09:44 AM

                Yeah, BUT THEY HAVE 5 KIDS! And not being mean but Red Parrot & Brick Alley are above my chain infested, cookie cutter area where I have to drive 20 to 30 minutes for a good meal. I love the Cooke House and The Moorings and they are fantastic choices/recommendations. They are, but I've been out to eat with my 2 kids and my brother's 2 kids (all less than 8 years old) and places like these are not enjoyed by the adults at the table to the level they should be. And the kids want fries/mac&cheese/hotdogs/pizza anyway.

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                Red Parrot
                348 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

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                  howaboutthat Nov 3, 2010 05:14 PM

                  Points well taken, but The Moorings has a good kids' menu, if I recall correctly, and the baked macaroni and cheese appetizer off the regular menu served as a great kids' meal (some time ago, anyway). If the kids truly are well behaved, and in respect of a 15th anniversary, The Moorings might work splendidly, and would not feel at all like a hotel. Plus, if they offer a traditional type Thanksgiving menu (no idea on that point, or if the original poster would so care), then the whole kids' menu issue might be moot.

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                mary30 Nov 7, 2010 01:06 PM

                FYI: The Mooring does have a tradional Thanksgiving Dinner option. And they serve their regular menu too. I've been going for a few years with my family.

                1. invinotheresverde Nov 8, 2010 07:50 AM

                  OP, is it possible to separate the two dinners? Just my opinion, but fifteenth anniversary dinners and five kids will never be a good match. Maybe do a Thanksgiving dinner with the fam, and the next night have a more upscale, romantic meal with just your spouse, if one of the kids is old enough to watch the others.

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                    temilove Nov 9, 2010 02:55 AM

                    NOT POSSIBLE, THE OLDEST IS ONLY 10!!!

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                      invinotheresverde Nov 9, 2010 05:06 AM

                      That makes it tough, then. I don't really have a good suggestion. Happy Anniversary, though.

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                    karenri Nov 10, 2010 04:16 AM

                    the pier restaurant. it is a waterfront restaurant with parking. very family oriented with great food. they will also be doing a thanksgiving dinner. also, 22 bowens and the cook house are nice choices for families. good luck!

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                      LAC06488 Nov 12, 2010 10:11 AM

                      Check out the White Horse Tavern..charming colonial interior ..warm and cozy fantastic service and great food..similiar to the Canfield House...it is part of the Haunted Newport Tour as well..

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                        mvi Nov 15, 2010 06:15 PM

                        I lived in Newport for years and still visit all the time and would highly recommend The Mooring. They are super friendly to kids, have a great wine list and delicious food that is friendly and familiar, not stuffy and pretentious. I took my kids there all the time when they were little and we always had a great meal.

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                          Bivalve88 Nov 16, 2010 05:31 AM

                          I concur with this recommendation. I have little ones myself and we always enjoy the Mooring.

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