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Filling my picnic basket in Newport, RI

Katrina Deli on Bellevue next to hardware store accross from Stop and Shop and Bellevue Plaza has good prepared foods and sandwiches to go. Go fly a kite at Brenton Point.

May 27, 2011
John Cuttino in Southern New England

Goldstar beer

Anyone know where to get Goldstar Beer (It's Israeli)?

May 16, 2011
John Cuttino in Greater Boston Area

Sugar Hill NH--recs?

Sunset Hill House just up the street is outstanding.

Aug 17, 2010
John Cuttino in Northern New England

Traveling from Santa Fe to San Francisco -- Route and Food suggestions?

I agree with The Tourquoise room at La Posada in Windslow. It literally is an "oasis in the desert". Exquisite experience.

Aug 10, 2010
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in newport for folk fest

Frank, take it easy. Flo's is what it is....
Scales and Shells has a bar, small but can eat raw bar stuff. Quite good. The wait may be up to 30 min. Gets buys usually after 6pm.

Jul 29, 2010
John Cuttino in Southern New England

Driving to Storyland Tomorrow - Lunch suggestions on the way

The Tilt'n Diner at the exit for the discount mall. Doesn't get any better than that.

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Tilt'n Diner
RR 3, Tilton, NH 03276

Jul 29, 2010
John Cuttino in Northern New England

what's good by burlingame state park in RI? also, fave breakfast in (or on the way to) newport?!

For breakfast on the way to Festival, if you are driving there and parking at the Fort: Annies on Bellevue. Park accross the st in the parking lot. Or The Corner Cafe on Broadway. Or The Franklin Spa on Spring St just off Memorial Blvd (great Portugues sweat bread)

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Franklin Spa
229 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840

Jul 29, 2010
John Cuttino in Southern New England

in newport for folk fest

For on the water: The Mooring, The Landing, H2O, The Deck (formerly West Deck) are all good. Get reservations. For cheap, funky and good, Flos Clamshack on First Beach is the best fried clams around. Any place on Thames St will be good. The best seafood in Newport is Scales and Shells (only serves seafood, usually with pasta).
It will be crowded so be prepared to wait, if you don't have reservations.

Jul 29, 2010
John Cuttino in Southern New England

Sedona to Monument Valley (route 66)...

On your trip between Sedona and Monument Valley, by all means, a must is The Tourquoise Room in La Posada Hotel in Winslow. Truly outstanding......

Jun 14, 2010
John Cuttino in Southwest

Picnic supplies / sandwiches in Sedona

Dlish Vegetarian Sandwiches and right nearby Euro Deli. On W. Highway 89A just past Safeway towards Cottonwood. Great stuff at both places.

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Euro Deli
3190 W State Route 89A Ste 200, Sedona, AZ 86336

Jun 10, 2010
John Cuttino in Southwest

Chocolatier - Newport, RI

by all means, Newport Chocolates on Williams st, just off Bellevue near CVS. Next to Sardellas. Great home made chocolates.

Jun 01, 2010
John Cuttino in Southern New England

Wedding in Newport

Lots of nice venues in Newport. Best is Castle Hill Inn. You can rent out RoseCliff thru the Preservation society. There is also Oceancliff resort, Eisenhower Mansion and the various hotels (Viking, Chanler).
For less pricey, especially if you (or someone you know) is a resident of Newport is Easton's Beach (our daughter was married there) or Fort Adams. There is also a park along the harbor near Ida Lewis Yacht Club.

Newport Weddings are a huge institution. You should be able to find something in your budget. You will need to book a year or so in advance, if for a summer weekend. (Sundays are less expensive)

Sep 24, 2009
John Cuttino in All New England Archive

Good Eats in Bedford, MA?

In Bedford, for upscale try Dalyas. Good, relatively inexpensive Italian is Cafe Luigi. For good chinese, The Great Wall. For good cheap pizza try Flatbread Pizza on the Burlington line off Rt 62.
Lots of optons in Burlington around the Mall from Legal Seafood, Cheesecake Factory, Chilis, Border Cafe (cheap Tex-Mex). Down to road towards Billerica is Naked Fish and Lemon Tree (Thai, very good).
For upscale really good go to L'Andana in Burlington.

Sep 14, 2009
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Scottsdale, Phoenix, Jerome, Sedona, Flagstaff

For a funky place in Flagstaff go to Black Barts. It's a BBQ type place in a barn in a trailer park (I kid you not). The wait staff are students at Northern Arizona University and sing(show tunes, etc not cowboy stuff) between servings. It was a "hoot"
In Jerome, The Asylum is excellent. Fantastic views and the food/wine are great.

Sep 01, 2009
John Cuttino in Southwest

Breakfast in Newport

Lots of good options. Outside on the patio at Hotel Viking.
Corner Cafe on Broadway (our favorite, lots of locals)
Annies on Bellevue (next to Tennis Hall of Fame)
Franklin Spa (not a spa, a Portuguese style resto) on Spring St. (near Memorial Drive).

Jul 09, 2009
John Cuttino in All New England Archive

Restaurants with Salad Bars?

Dandylion Green accross from the Burlington Mall just off Rt 128/I95 has an excellent salad bar.

Dec 30, 2008
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Lobster / Seafood in / Near Newport

Several good options.
Best seafood in Newport, IMHO, is Scales and Shells. Cash only. No lobster in the rough.
The Barking Crab may be what you are looking for (in the Brick Market). It is a touristy lobster-in-the-rough place.
Also Anthonys in Middletown. More authentic, local, less expensive.

Dec 29, 2008
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Flagstaff-Sedona Restaurants

Anyone know of a restaurant between Flagstaff and Sedona on Rt 89A?

Dec 12, 2008
John Cuttino in Southwest

Newport, RI, with a toddler

I assume you will want a place where your 2 yr old will not be out of place and won't upset you or other guests.
Red Parrot, Brick Alley Pub, Sardellas to name a few.
There are the usual fast food places in Middletown (IHOP, Chilis, etc).
In Newport, most places would be ok.
Places I would NOT take a toddler to (just because I wouldn't enjoy it as much) are the high-end places like Castle Hill Inn, Chanler (Spiced Pear), and White Horse Tavern (non of these meet the "on a tight budget" need.
One place that may fill the bill is Flo's Clam Shack on Easton's Beach. It is "down and dirty" so to speak (have to like fried seafood).

Sep 12, 2008
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drive along mass pike from 128 to sturbridge

Firefly in Framingham is right off Exit 13.

Jul 28, 2008
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Lobster by mail

Legal Seafood has a mail order service that is quite good. Go to their website.

Jun 24, 2008
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Newport RI rec's for dinner !

Brick Alley is a good lunch place. Moorings is good. Clark Cook House (Candy House), West Deck, Scales and Shells (only seafood, cash only), 22 Bowen are good on Thames St. The absolute best is Castle Hill Inn (expensive and you have to drive but a view to die for). For "funky" fried seafood, Flo's clamshack.

Sep 19, 2007
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Honeymooning in Newport, RI - Aug 27th

Many good options. Castle Hill Inn is the best, be there for sunset.
West Deck, Scales and Shells, The Mooring, 22 Bowen in the Thames St area are good/great.
Flo's Clam shack has the best fried seafood. Very "down and dirty". Just off First (Easton's) Beach.
The wine shop on Bellevue is the best.

Aug 04, 2006
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