The Hungry Monkey

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In my short, but sweet, stay in Newport, RI, I also go to visit neighborhood spot, The Hungry Monkey. And, if nothing else, it’s a pretty adorable name for a restaurant. Luckily, they had more than a cute name to offer.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? And, well, lunch is pretty important too. Hell, I take all meals pretty seriously. This local, casual restaurant only serves daytime fare, breakfast and lunch, so, make sure to stop by during the day while you can. 

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For breakfast, I kept it simple and ordered the Omelette Your Way with spinach and rye toast (2 Egg omelette with one choice of filling, served with home fries and choice of toast). A simple dish, yes, but delicious. The service is great, the food comes out quickly, and the vibe is really relaxed. My favorite part was the home fries, these things were incredible. Like, some of the best home fries I’ve had. They were spicy, so, tread lightly if you’re not a spice fan, flavorful and cooked perfectly with that crispness on the outside and tender meets softness in the middle. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Hungry Monkey
Location: 124 Broadway, Newport, RI
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Next time I’m in Newport, I’ll be back, and hitting up their Stuffed Monkey Bread French Toast. 
Would I recommend it? I’d be a monkey’s uncle (or aunt) if you went anywhere else for breakfast. 

 

Gourdough’s

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This week I’m in Austin, TX for SXSW. Sure, there are events, parties, music, but I’m most excited about the food. And one place that I’ve been looking forward to visiting was Gourdough’s. Their tagline, “Big. Fat. Doughnuts.”, is absolutely spot on. All of their doughnuts are made to order, frying up each doughnut fresh in their vintage Airstream Trailer. But their doughnuts aren’t just big and fat, they’re gratuitously loaded with unique and deliciously decadent toppings.

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I ordered the Funky Monkey (Grilled Bananas, Cream Cheese Icing with Brown Sugar). Sweet. Baby. Jesus. This was, without a doubt, one of the best doughnuts I’ve ever had before. For starters, this thing is huge, weighing in at probably about a pound. The dough is warm and pillowy and melts in your mouth. The cream cheese icing is rich, very sweet and completely amazing, becoming almost gooey when atop the warmness of the dough. Then, you have the bananas on top which are caramelized, sweet and creamy with a sprinkling of brown sugar, adding a little crunch. 

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The famous Gourdough and myself. Excited! 

The Shorts:
Name: Gourdough’s 
Location: 1503 South 1st Street, Austin, TX
The Long and Short: Would I go back? The next time I’m in Austin, you can bet everything you’ve got I’ll be going back!
Would I recommend it? I recommend showering on a regular basis, getting enough sleep, and going to eat one of these doughnuts.