Flo’s Clamshack, located in Middletown right on the border with Newport at Easton’s Beach, is a Rhode Island institution. It is THE clamshack on Aquidneck Island, and one of the most popular in New England.
We’re taking you inside this authentic Japanese-style ramen noodle bar, in downtown Newport, Rhode Island, to get the story behind this wildly popular spot on lower Broadway. Broadway Avenue has evolved into one of the most diverse strip of eclectic eateries in the state, with all kinds of cuisine types and atmospheres in a compact neighborhood. Boru Noodle Bar is a delicious addition: the laid-back but funky space features a handful of dishes with tons of flavor. Their house ramen with crispy house-cured pork belly, pickled cabbage, bamboo shoots, and soft-boiled egg, is a local favorite, as is their gorgeous beef ramen bowl, in which finely chopped raw beef and a raw egg cook slowly in the savory “double-soup” broth. We also dive into the Mediterranean Ramen bowl, a nod to owner Casey Shaw’s Portuguese heritage, which features mussels, clams, squid, olives, and peppers in a savory tomato infused ramen broth. There’s not just noodles here, either; the Boru pork bao on steamed buns with hoisin are fantastic, along with the crispy squid dish and the locally famous crispy brussel sprouts with a dark sweet soy glaze. Check out the image gallery below, and be sure to watch the video for the story behind Newport’s favorite noodle shop.
For more info go to: www.borunoodlebar.com
Pour Judgment is one of the key players in the rebirth of Broadway. The brainchild of long-time local bartender and restaurant manager, Hank Whitin, the pub was opened in 2009 in the space formerly occupied by the bar called Friends, a popular local hangout. Hank kept the low-key, local vibe but added some personal touches, such as his own artwork (he is a prolific and talented artist), and set out to create the best craft beer tap list in town. He also put a lot of thought into the menu, which features dishes with a level of quality and sophistication not usually associated with a local beer bar. Hank and his partner Gary like to refer to “PJ’s” as “an elegant dive bar,” so expect to find things like deep-fried nori rolls, tuna sashimi naan-bread pizza, bacon-wrapped shrimp and scallop po’boys, plus seafood specialites like Portuguese-style steamed littlnecks and seared scallops with local, seasonal vegetables.
But the culinary team here still hasn’t forgotten their core pub food, and they do it better than anyone else in town. Their wings have won “Best of” awards in local circles and RI Monthly for years, and for good reason. They are dry-rubbed, baked slowly until fall-apart tender, then are deep-fried until crispy, and then bathed in a variety of succulent sauces, such as buffalo, teriyaki, or General Tsao. They are magnificent. The burger is also famous: each hand-formed patty is custom ground and infused with a subtle infusion of onions and peppers that are slow simmered in a sherry wine reduction, giving the burgers unparalleled juiciness and levels of flavor. And they continue the burger and beer special that was a favorite of the former Friends bar: you can pick up a burger & beer with fries starting at $9.50 (that goes up depending on the type of burger, toppings, and beer selection). Probably the best burger deal anywhere.
But the best thing about Pour Judgement is the family, neighborhood feel. The owners and staff are always engaged in helping out a cause, or a regular, or someone in town. This is a place that gives back. You can’t help having a good time in this lively space, where locals and visitors of all ages and backgrounds gather to enjoy some of the best food, music, and beer in town. Maybe that’s why they like to call this spot “the soul of Broadway”. Check out the video below and better yet, stop on by Pour Judgment to see for yourselves why this is one of Newport’s favorite spots.
For more info go to: www.pourjudgementnewport.com