August 31, 2011 by Nina
I thought this was the only restaurant in town, but not only is that not true, but the urbanspoon ratings for Evelyn’s are so low that I normally would not have even considered going here. This is a typical New England “crab-shack” with overpriced food, a beautiful view, bad service, and junk decor. I really don’t understand why people enjoy going to places that are expensive and eating out of plastic containers and Styrofoam cups. The Lobster Chowder was pretty good, but for almost $8 for a tiny cup’s worth, I felt ripped off. The lobster salad was much worse. Though I thought it was actually fresher lobster than in Stonnington, my mom disagreed. It cost an absurd amount for not more than a tail worth of lobster meat on iceberg lettuce. BUT, the location is fantastic. We had a beautiful view of the sun setting on the water.
Evelyn’s Nanaquaket Drive-In
2335 Main Rd
Tiverton, RI 02878
Category RI | Tags: a beautiful view,a tail worth of lobster meat on iceberg lettuce. B,and junk decor.,bad service,beautiful view of the sun setting on the water,fantastic location,Lobster Chowder,located on the water,typical New England "crab-shack" with overpriced food | 1 Comment
August 30, 2011 by Nina
After visiting beautiful Newport, I wanted to see Providence. I imagined it to be similar to Charlottesville, or even New Paltz, but instead it was much more similar to Rochester-a sprawled out city with much of the (stunning) buildings–that would cost millions in New York–abandoned, leaving an empty feeling to the city. There were nice parts too though. Westminster, Thames, and Federal Hill were all more along the lines of what I envisioned. We were trying to find Olga’s Cup and Saucer (yes, because it has a fantastic name) and got directions from a shopkeeper, policemen, and a random pedestrian all pointing us in different directions. There was so much construction that by the time were found the right street we physically couldn’t walk any further because it blocked our way, so we gave up. We found this restaurant by chance because it was near where we parked (close to a starbucks to get wifi). It was very trendy and “like a bar” as my mom said. We sat on high stools, and were practically the only ones in there. The first thing that struck me after I sat down (besides how surprisingly comfortable the stools were) was the salt and pepper shakers and that they put the ketchup in a mason jar. I ordered a mocha (called a “Caffe Cioccolata” here), and my mom had a lemon poppyseed muffin. It was more similar to a scone than a muffin in texture, so I put some butter on it. It might have been better warmed up. Then I had the House Made Buttermilk Beignets with Lemon curd and orange honey butter (only $2! a steal!), only because they were homemade. They were truly spectacular. Even my mom loved them (and she hates this sort of thing). Easily one of the most-worth-getting things I’ve ever had in terms of the cost-to-quality ratio. We split the Eggs Benedict with Salmon. This came with home fries, that were really disappointing (could have used some rosemary and been cooked longer), but other than that I loved it here. Still, nothing will compared to the heavenly benedict in Quebec. I would normally have ordered the Crunchy French Toast (Tazza’s brioche, Cointreau crème Anglaise, sweet strawberries), but was in the mood for something savory, not sweet-but maybe next time! Or someone else get it and comment on how it was!
250 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
Hint: the Beignets are not to be missed!
Category Breakfast/Brunch, RI | Tags: Beignets,beignets in providence,breakfast in providence,brunch in providence,eggs benedict,homemade beignets,providence,RI,tazza breakfast,tazza in providence | 6 Comments
August 29, 2011 by Nina
After seeing the beautiful houses and historic mansions on Ocean Drive, walking on the cliff walk, and sipping champagne on the terrace of the Chanler with a beautiful view of the ocean, we were in search of a great dinner spot. The only thing we had in mind was: a view of the water. We looked here and at H2O (a tacky bar), so we chose this modern seafood restaurant-there were rocks on the napkins! Designed to make you feel like you’re on a yacht, with yachts moored to the right and left of you, the waiters wearing white outfits made to look like seamen, we felt spectacular. When we first arrived, they told us we could either sit now or at 9pm, which seemed to late to us (it was 5:30), so we sat down. We stayed until about 8, at which the restaurant became a bar-hang-out for packs of women and men ages 30-45, but not many tables were occupied so we wondered if they only told us that they were booked until so late so that we would stay. Either way, I was happy to leave once it got so noisy. Our waiter was the best waiter I’ve ever had because he was both attentive and informative (he knew everything about the wine list as well). He even gave us each two samples of sparking wine! We split the Caramelized Dayboat Scallops with Mascarpone, Arugula Pesto, Polenta & Pea Shoots (mostly because it cost $37). It was excellent, and the green beans were cooked and seasoned to perfection. We were both very satisfied with our experience here.
The Grill at Forty 1 North
351 Thames Street
Newport, RI 02840
Category RI | Tags: Arugula Pesto,Caramelized Dayboat Scallops,Caramelized Dayboat Scallops with Mascarpone,good newport restaurant,good restaurant in newport,good restaurant in newport on the water,good seafood restaurant in newport,newport,newport restaurant,oysters,Polenta & Pea Shoots,RI,seafood | 3 Comments
August 28, 2011 by Nina
I searched for a good breakfast place in Newport the morning of, because we were planning on spending the day there (not realizing how touristy the town is). I found this on urbanspoon, out of only four options for breakfast. It is a cozy, bustling place with extremely attentive, kind waitresses. The “hostess” (actually the “drink maker”) offered to try and make my mom’s favorite cafe au lait. We ordered juice, which was really disappointing. I don’t know what I was thinking, but somehow (and I’m sure this was their intention), I thought by “juice blends,” they meant homemade, but you could clearly see the Welches containers. Perhaps if I had not seem her mixing these, I wouldn’t have been so dissatisfied. I ordered the Rancheros Light (Whole wheat burrito filled with egg whites, tomato, cucumber, baby spinach, red onion, and swiss topped with salsa), which came with a fruit parfait. All of which was excellent.
Newport, RI 02840
Category Breakfast/Brunch, RI | Tags: baby spinach,breakfast in newport,cafe au lait.,cucumber,good breakfast place in Newpor,HUEVOS RANCHEROS,juice blends,newport,Rancheros Light,red onion & swiss topped with salsa,RI,tomato,Whole wheat burrito filled with egg whites | 1 Comment
August 27, 2011 by Nina
Although not listed on urbanspoon, there actually is a Crazy Dough in Newport! Man was I excited to find this!! I practically shrieked, and immediately pulled over, hopped out and ordered a slice of Potato Bacon Cheddar. Unfortunately, I did not capture my happy face on camera.
446 Thames Street
Newport, Rhode Island, 02480
Category Pizza, RI | Tags: Best Pizza,best pizza ever,best pizza in newport,crazy dough,Crazy Dough's,crazy dough's in newport,newport,pizza in newport,Potato Bacon Cheddar pizza,RI | 2 Comments