Diego’s

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This past weekend, I was in Newport, RI. It was a short trip, but, I always find time to check out a couple restaurants. My first stop was Mexican restaurant, Diego’s on the Wharf in Downtown Newport.

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The patio is now open, and I recommend you sit out there. Market lights strewn all around, this casual spot is serving fresh Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. To start, we ordered the Braker’s Guac (made-to order guacamole served with freshly cooked tortilla chips with Salsa Fresca). This is the perfect starter, and the best part is, they refill your chips. The guac is rustically chopped up, fresh and flavorful. The salsa is really nice too, and the chips have a great crisp crunch.

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To drink, I went with The Passion of Spice (El Buho Mezcal, fresh passion fruit puree, habanero infused tequila, house made sour and pineapple juice served on the rocks). This drink was pretty incredible. You’re hit with the heat from the habanero, and then get a little bit of the smokiness from the Mezcal, but then, to refresh and cool off the drink, is the sweetness from the passion fruit and pineapple. Really, really good.

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For my entree, I ordered The Spicy Catch Salad (Blackened Cod over mixed greens with julienned veggies, ripe tomato, pineapple jicama salsa and pomegranate-chipotle vinaigrette). I really loved this salad. The ingredients were abundant, yet light, allowing you to eat healthy without leaving hungry. The fish was light, flaky, and full of flavor with a really nice spice. The dressing was really delicious too, adding some sweetness to the fresh dish.

The Shorts:
Name: Diego’s
Location: 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. They’re in a great location, right at the water, the service is friendly and the food is really tasty.
Would I recommend it? Si! Everything was really good here, you can’t go wrong.

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Friend of a Farmer

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Sometimes, the city’s restaurant scene can get a little monotonous. You know, same minimalist aesthetic, a contrived swanky vibe. So, it’s nice to be able to feel like you can escape every now and again, even if just for a meal, to, oh, let’s say a farm house. You can do exactly that at Friend of a Farmer in Gramercy. This two story restaurant definitely gives you the feeling that you’re no longer in the hustle and bustle of the city, and instead, you’re in an upstate farm house, similar to the one that the owner grew up in. They even have a couple fireplaces to give it an extra homey vibe.

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To start, we had Imported and Domestic Cheese with warm figs and walnut chutney. This was a really delightful cheese plate, giving variety in type and texture of cheese with crisp pita-like crackers. I really liked the fig and walnut chutney, it was subtly and naturally sweet from the figs and had a nice bit of texture from the walnuts. 

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For my entree I had the Arugula Salad with Blackened Salmon (tomatoes, pears and feta cheese with a lemon lime garlic dressing). I really enjoyed this salad, it was fresh, crisp, and the fish was flavorful and savory. 

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Then, for dessert, we ordered their Just Baked Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie (served in a hot skillet, topped with maple syrup, walnuts, bananas, and vanilla ice cream). Whoa, this was really delicious. It’s great for sharing, or, if you’re so daring, you could potentially tackle it alone. Potentially. The cookie is hot and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The warm maple syrup drenches the bananas and walnuts, which, is pretty much the only way I want to eat those ingredients from now on. Mixed altogether with the cool ice cream, well, it’s just pretty awesome. 

The Shorts:
Name: Friend of a Farmer 
Location: 77 Irving Place, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, although I didn’t take too much advantage this time around, they offer a really great comfort food menu, which, I can partake in next time. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s quant, cozy, and makes you feel like you’re in grandma and grandpa’s farm house. You know, if you have a grandma and grandpa with a farm house.