Routine trip report - Newport, RI dinner(s)
Spent 3 nights in Newport earlier this week on our way up the New England coast.
Dinner on first evening (Friday) -- Crowley's La Forge Casino Restaurant followed by 'dessert' across the street at Newport Creamery.
Dinner on second evening (Saturday) -- Griswold's Tavern down the street also on Bellevue Avenue.
Dinner on third evening (Sunday) -- Busker's 'downtown'.
The first two day's choices listed above were places we had eaten on our visit last year, and we were pleased with the results again. In the case of Crowley's, we arrived on their doorstep without reservations while they were quite busy in the dining room and bar along with two private wedding rehearsal functions going on in back. Nevertheless, we were greeted cheerfully and seated promptly at a table by the front windows. Our waitress advised us that our food might take a little longer than usual coming out of the kitchen but we were in no hurry after driving in the car all day and were glad for an opportunity to just sit back and relax with our drinks. As it happened, our entrees arrived without undue delay in a very timely manner and were delicious. Even though the staff was being kept busy among all the different clientele throughout the establishment, the service was efficient and friendly too. I had the salmon (for the life of me, by now I can't remember what my wife ordered) but I recall that we both really enjoyed our respective meals. At Newport Creamery afterward, we tried to be "well-behaved" [successfully resisting the temptation to each have an Awful-Awful] and ended up splitting a multi-scoop dish of ice cream as a fun nightcap to complement our dinners.
At Griswold's the next night, we had a great dinner with drinks in the dining room. I enjoyed the broiled scrod while my wife really liked her chicken pot pie. For dessert, we split a wonderful piece of apple tart from the dessert choices offered. Here too, our waitress was terrific and made us feel right at home. Although the dining room was not very busy when we first got there, by the time we left a steady stream of other guests had arrived and were seated. Like Crowley's, the crowd seemed to be a nice mix of locals and out-of-town visitors.
Busker's was a new choice for us on this trip, although several sources had recommended it. That evening, we were in the mood for something a little less ambitious portion-wise so I had the cottage pie and my wife selected a crock of Irish macaroni and cheese with ham and peas. While we were waiting for our entrees, our waitress offered and we enjoyed a basket of Irish brown bread accompanied by our choice of Irish or domestic (Cabot) butter. Both of our dinners were first-rate as was the service and atmosphere. Fortunately the shopping district was not too busy at approximately 6 PM on an off-season Sunday evening so we got a good parking space nearby without undue difficulty but I can just imagine what the neighborhood must be like to navigate in a car "in-season".
No doubt we're not particularly erudite or hard-to-please finicky restaurant guests with demanding culinary expectations but rather tend to seek out good solid value in (most importantly) comfortable settings. I thought I'd share our good experiences with others reading this Chowhound board in case their likes and dislikes run along the same lines as ours.