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.

Do Hwa

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Korean BBQ? Yes, please. I really do love Korean food, and, while K-Town does have a number of options, I really like Do Hwa in the West Village. 

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This authentic Korean restaurant offers two types of tables, regular, of course, and grilling tables where you can cook your own food. I’m always up for a cooking experience, but, I figured I’d let Do Hwa cook for me this time. To start, I had the Seng Sun Jun (bite size cod fish in light egg batter). These were really nice. They were light, flaky, with a thin layer of the egg batter just holding the lumps of cod together. The sauce is really clutch for this dish too, a bit of saltiness, a bit of sweetness that balances out the mild flavor of the cod. 

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Then for an entree, I ordered Ojingo Bibimbop (rice, 7 seasoned vegetables, topped with spicy sautéed squid and sliced chilies in a hot stone bowl). I’ve had bibimbop plenty of times, but I’ve never had it served with spicy squid, so, naturally, I had to try that variation. And, I’m certainly glad I did. This dish itself is pretty hot, both temperature and spice wise, but I do enjoy a spicy dish. The veggies are fresh, and have a combination of textures from the soft shredded carrots, to the crunchy sprouts. The squid is tender and has that pleasant chewy texture, which is also a nice contrast from the crispness of the veggies. And then, of course, the best part is found at the bottom of the hot pot, the crispy rice.

The Shorts:
Name: Do Hwa
Location: 55 Carmine Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, and I might just have to try out the grill tables.
Would I recommend it? For sure. The experience is great, the food comes out quickly, and it really is delicious Korean cuisine.