On our roadtrip back from Maine, we made a lunch stop in Portsmouth, NH and then did an overnight in Providence, RI. I have always loved Portsmouth, however, it started to rain heavily midway through lunch, so we didn’t have much time for sight seeing. And then Providence, RI seemed like a good idea… about midway home, in RI, known for being a lovely town… but I just. didn’t. get it.
Back to Portsmouth… after our fantastic tour of Maine craft beers, we decided to continue our new found tradition and stopped in at the Portsmouth Brewery for lunch. We, of course, ordered beer and mine was quite tasty. If we hadn’t been driving, we would have totally gone for the paddle of beer that had something like 12 small flights to try their stash. Bummer. We did have some good grub, however (and that’s what you’re here for anyway… isn’t it?)
Mike ordered what I thought was a cheesesteak… but I can’t find it on the menu. Hmm. I remember him liking it very much though!
I chose a special pork dish which had a peach chutney. DELISH! I was quite impressed that a brewery did such a good job with this dish.
Overall, it’s a great place to have a beer and the food ain’t bad!
Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 7
As soon as we pulled into Providence, I knew we were in trouble. I had mistakenly thought it was on a lovely part of water, however, it looked like mostly highways. We asked the concierge at the hotel where to go for a night stroll, and he sent us up in some direction that made us feel quite scared… and we live in NYC! It was just so seedy. We wound up going to see a movie that night… in a mall movie theater. Pathetic I know.
On the way back from the movie theater we decided to continue our brewery themed trip and tried out the Trinity Brewhouse.
We sat outside and it was a nice night… but the food literally took SO LONG to come out (and the restaurant was pretty much empty when we arrived) that it actually cooled up and the wind picked up outside. Uncomfortable at best.
Mike ordered the pizza… big mistake. It was heavy and greasy and just hardly worth eating.
Then mine came out… ugh… even worse! Do you see the REFLECTION off those sweet potato fries? That’s how greasy they were. And soggy. Ew. The sandwich was a corned beef reuben that sounded good… but was basically flavorless. How do you screw up a reuben and fries? GA-ROSS
This place was crap. Seriously. I’m usually quite nice in my reviews, but I just can’t be. It was utter crap.
Total Nom Points: 2 out of 10
The next day we decided to take a recommendation from a family friend who had lived in Providence for a while. She is a chef, so I figured she couldn’t steer us wrong. This was when we saw the college part of town (Thayer Street). This was much lovelier an area than where we were the night before.
The recommendation was for a pizza place called Antonio’s on Thayer. I was told it would be the “best pizza I’d ever have in my ginger life.”
I chose mushroom and hawaiian.
Mike went with a white chicken pesto slice.
And a chicken cordon bleu.
So how does this compare in my ginger life? It was good, but not THE BEST. I did enjoy it, however, and compared to the other place we ate in Providence, this was TOPS!
Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 10
This sadly ended Mike and my excursion in Maine. In a strange twist of fate, however, I AM GOING BACK NEXT WEEK with the family! YAAY!