Summer 2019 Scoop: Dining
12 Meter Café: Serving breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked bagels with artisan cream cheese, plus lunch boxed lunches, pastry, Nitro Coffee and more located inside Seamen’s Church Institute. 18 Market Square, Newport. facebook.com/pg/12MetreCafe
Imbriglio's Pizzeria Resto Bar Napoletana: An authentic Italian eatery serving pizzas in the Neapolitan tradition inspired by owner Richard Sardella’s grandfather, Richardo Imbriglio, who owned a bakery in New Jersey dating back to the 1890s. Open for dinner seven night a week. Located adjacent to its sister restaurant, Sardella’s. 32 Memorial Boulevard West, Newport. facebook.com/ImbrigliosNapoletana
The Reclaimed Café (formerly Lorusso’s): Offering breakfast, lunch, brunch and a full espresso bar. 580 Thames Street, Newport.
TPOJ Courtside: An expansion of The Power of Juice’s Middletown flagship, this new “snackery” and juice bar features indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Enjoy an assortment of healthy “grab and go” plant-based options. 13 Memorial Blvd., Newport. thepowerofjuice.com
Nitro Bar: From the owners of The Nitro Cart in Providence comes this neighborhood breakfast and lunch location featuring menu items highlighting local farms, house-made items and killer coffee. 2 Pond Avenue, Newport. thenitrocart.com
Portside Tavern: Modern dining meets pub-style favorites at this East Bay eatery. 444 Thames Street, Bristol. portsidetavern.com
Tin Can Crab Shake: Casual Cajun and Asian fusion seafood priced by the pound alongside fried favorites. Choose specialty sauces and both traditional and eclectic “add-ons.” 472 Thames Street, Newport.
Mission Middletown: One of Newport’s favorite burger joints opens a second location in neighboring Middletown serving up house made burgers, hotdogs, falafel and hand-cut fries. 58 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown. missionnpt.com
Bar Cino: In the heart of Newport’s Washington Square, this 60-seat Italian-inspired wine bar and trattoria serves grilled pizza, paninis, small plates and full entrees. Owned and operated by Newport Restaurant Group. 22 Washington Square, Newport. barcinonewport.com
The Wharf Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar: The reinvented Wharf Pub has fully embraced Southern style cuisine alongside craft beer and cocktails – and their world-famous selection of tater tots has stayed put. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch served weekends. 37 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. wharfsouthernkitchen.com .
Quick Bites: Scales & Shells, a Newport institution for 30 years, is now offering brunch on Saturdays & Sundays in 1/2 Shell, the restaurant’s Oyster Room, and outside along its Sidewalk Café. The menu features a fresh take on breakfast staples like the Scales Breakfast Sandwich featuring Havarti, arugula, crispy prosciutto and a fried egg on a brioche bun, as well as their signature Bloody Mary rimmed with Newport Sea Salt's Butcher's Blend and topped with celery foam. Rail Explorers will be adding Sunday Brunch tours at 9am on Sundays and a Fireside Friday tour at 7:30pm Fridays featuring s'mores, apple cider and hot chocolate. Evelyn’s Drive In, founded in the “summer of ’69” on Tiverton’s waterfront, is marking its 50th year as Rhode Island’s iconic clam shack basks in delicious summer fun with nightly specials and the same dedication to community and good cheer that has made the restaurant a landmark on the East Bay. New England Homemade Donuts opened its second location at Patriot Petroleum in Portsmouth. Zelda’s in Newport has completed its lengthy renovation and this favorite neighborhood bar and bistro, originally in built in 1895, is back with a new look. The Vanderbilt has debuted “Yappy Hour” on Wednesday this summer (starting in May) beginning at 5pm with a “Gracious Canine Menu” for Fido featuring dishes like chicken and rice, salmon and wild rice, steak and grain pilaf and peanut butter and banana frozen yogurt. Pick Pockets has moved to Middletown, serving up fresh soups, salads and wraps.