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Providence/Newport Restaurants for NY Foodies

Hi,

I'm hosting a bunch of NY foodies in Newport this weekend, and I'm hoping for a bit of inspiration as to where to take them for meals. I split my time between Newport and NYC, but I mostly cook when I'm in Newport so I have plenty to learn about the restaurant scene. Oh, and there doesn't seem to be much of anything open in the winter anyway.

In Providence- I am picking them up tonight around 5 pm, so I was thinking maybe La Laiterie or 10 Prime Steak and Sushi for dinner. I am tempted to try Gracie's or Lois Fuller again, but I've had rather mediocre meals at each, so I'm afraid of consistency issues. I don't want to do Italian b/c we're going to Puerini's on Saturday night.

Any ideas? They will eat anything- from ethnic food to standard American fare, but their standards are high. I recognize that 10 Prime might not have the most amazing food in Providence, but I am drawn to the kitschy aspects of it (ie: the fact that it is ridiculous but generally tasty).

As for Newport- As I said, I made a reservation at Puerini's for Saturday night. One of them is bringing a bunch of wagyu steaks with him, so we will likely grill those up on Sunday night. I was thinking Flo's for lunch on one of the days; don't know about the other day. I've had good experiences at Fluke, which might be doable. What's the deal with Scales and Shells or Asterisk these days?

Anything that is quintessential RI will be right up their alley. I was considering Modern diner, but I feel like that works better as hungover breakfast food than anything else. Spikes might be fun for them, but I'm not sure.

Does anywhere in Providence serve a great cocktail? Have a really nice wine list? Are there carts or hole in the walls that we need to visit?

Price is not an issue.

Thanks!

Aug 14, 2009
Jesikka in All New England Archive

Help a NYer: Places to eat near Rockville/Gaithersburg

Please help out a helpless NYer. I have reason to be in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area semi-regularly over the next several months, but I have no idea where to eat. When I was in town this weekend I followed chowhound and other recommendations to Tako Grille and Joe's Noodle House, both of which I found incredibly disappointing. I know there is supposed to be great ethnic food around Rockville and other parts of the Maryland suburbs, but I don't know where to find it (and I don't know who to trust). Can anyone give me some suggestions? I eat everywhere in NY and price point doesn't matter. It can be ethnic or fancy, scenic or drab, but it has to have great food. Suggestions?

On a related note, is there anywhere to get great crabs without driving to Baltimore or further?

May 12, 2008
Jesikka in Washington DC & Baltimore

Rockville Chinese

On the basis of this thread, my mother and I had a meal at Joe's Noodle House while we were in town for the weekend. I must say that your other Chinese food options must be pretty horrible if this is the best recommendation to be found in the Rockville area. We had ma po tofu, chicken and eggplant with basil hot pot, a fish filet and soft bean curd in sichuan sauce (turned out to be nearly identical to ma po tofu but with fish filets) and string beans sichuan style. The entirety of our food was oversalted. I had asked them to make the tofu and the fish dishes mild b/c my mom isn't used to spice, but they were made way too spicy for her and they failed to correct this after we pointed it out to them. Regardless of the spice level (I would prefer them as spicy or even spicier than they were made but I wanted them to be mild for my mom), the sauce was ridiculously salty and also over peppered. The string beans were fine. The hot pot pretty tasteless, with dried out chicken in a soy based sauce that pooled at the bottom of the pot. The rice was definitely non-traditional- very nutty. We barely touched our food at all. I knew that I was spoiled with Little Pepper and Spicy and Tasty in NY (and Wu Liang Ye and Grand Sichuan), but now I know how truly lucky I am.

May 12, 2008
Jesikka in Washington DC & Baltimore