“I really love good food occasionally, but I need time to enjoy it, and I need to be hungry.” (Clare Balding)
When I got married and decided to move in New England with the love of my life, my first job ever was in Newport (Rhode Island) and I love it so much. More (love) of the town than the work place. I was (still am) amazed by the type of guests we have at the hotel. Okay, from time to time we have those “delinquents” but mostly just happy preppy guests. And the town is absolutely amazing that I will never get tired going back for visits.
I now work in Providence, with more diverse type of guests and the city is equally amazing as Newport but totally different package. Providence has more hip and eclectic ambiance while Newport is more of classic laid-back and old-school.
The Hubsy (usually a grumpy driver was more accepting of his role today) and I, decided to try Benjamin’s together. I dined at Benjamin’s a couple of times but never with The Hubsy. He has a better (and more sophisticated) palate than mine. I guess because I never really enjoyed food growing up, my Mother has only 2 choices in the table everyday: (1) Take it or (2) Leave it. (Ha ha ha)
Benjamin’s was described (by Google) as: Cozy, casual tri-level steak & seafood restaurant with a raw bar, cocktails & views of the harbor.
We arrived 7:50am and there was already a queue outside of the restaurant. There was of course this lovebirds trying to swallow each other early morning right infront of everyone. Maybe because I’m a Gen X than a Millenial that I am quite uncomfortable of extreme PDA. (Oh don’t get me wrong, I was never a conservative, I just felt there are things better done during the night or in private.) At 8:01am they decided to “officially” open the restaurant and everyone just went in while I grabbed the opportunity of a window-seat.
(The Hubsy waiting for his breaky!)
I love that this place boast of authenticity. I am not a big fan of anything RAW but don’t you think this looks awesome?
When it was time to order I had my regular Pineapple juice while The Hubsy opted for coffee.
(The Hubsy ordered Bacon + eggs (over-easy) + potatoes + wheat)
Eggs Over-easy is perfection…
(I ordered Corned beef hash + eggs (over-easy) + potatoes + rye)
(We only paid $20.95 for a traditional home-cooked style breakfast)
I have read of slow (and bad) service on TripAdvisor and Yelp but our service though not great was absolutely expected of a busy breakfast diner/restaurant. It was simple and mediocre, not rude, not too slow, direct to the point and the server not too chatty. Which is a good thing for me because I have a tendency to get annoyed easily. (Hello moodswings!)
Tip: If you came to NEWPORT for a visit, start your day with a full stomach (especially during peak season or weekends where its flocked by tourists) because once you go to Bellevue Ave. where the Mansions are, there’s no restaurants within “easy-walking” distance on that area. Plus the fact that traffic is a killer! I’d rather had breakfast, go to the tourist spots then go back downtown for early dinner. Parking is scarce and extremely expensive so my strategy will be, plan ahead.
Keep smiling everyone! Xx
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Address: 254 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
Hours: 8am- 1am (everyday per google, their website has no start page configured)