At some point this summer you'll probably be heading out of town for a relaxing getaway at the shore. We recently spent a few days in gorgeous Newport, Rhode Island, enjoying strolls along the water and on the Cliff Walk, viewing the incomprehensibly luxurious mansions and, of course, dining out. We stopped for lunch one day at The Mooring, a casually elegant spot with a very nautical motif offering seafood dishes and views of Narragansett Bay from virtually every seat in the house, especially on the mahogany deck. Both the menu and the space capture the quintessential New England seaside dining experience and a visual sweep of the room revealed an eclectic mix ranging from bluebood locals in preppy attire to international visitors of all ages.
We sipped on Windward Weiss, made by Coastal Extreme Brewing and named after Castle Hill, just a short distance away and a place we visited in colder weather last year.
The Bag Of Doughnuts jumped off the menu. Who could not like Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Fritters served with a Chipotle-Maple Aioli? Fried to a golden crisp with a flavorful filling these were like having a satisfying seafood beignet.
We paired this with the Beet Salad for a nice lunch on the water. Roasted Red And Golden Beets With Citrus, Goat Cheese And Shallot Vinaigrette, a very nice, fresh beet salad to offset the heavier fare.
We also sampled the Surf And Turf Sliders: Shaved Sirloin, Lobster, Cheddar-Ale Sauce, Arugula, and Crispy Sweet Potatoes. While it's unusual to mix the meat and seafood together we actually liked this combo.
The dining choices in Newport can seem overwhelming for the occasional visitor. Our advice is always when in doubt go where the locals do. I'm certain one would not be disappointed with lunch at The Mooring.
1 Sayers Wharf
Newport, RI 02840