Food find in Newport:
Who knew? Right here in Newport there are at least a couple of food finds that rival what we've read about in less-industrialized countries for price and quality. Lulu found out about one of these quite by accident. Last week, while doing some laundry, she got to talking with some guy in the laundry room who told her about this really good deal on lunch at someplace called "The Sword Shop" in Aquarium Village. Now, Aquarium Village is a short walk from the marina but we've pretty much ignored it. It's full of kitschy little tourist shops and looks like a low rent theme park.
Somewhere in this mess there was supposedly a place called "The Sword Shop" that supposedly served a lunch consisting of a salad, an entree, a small drink and dessert for $3.00. Now 'm not usually a skeptic (okay, yes I am) but c'mon, the SWORD Shop? Three bucks? This had to be investigated. So, one beautiful day this week Lulu and I wandered over. We were tempted to wear Groucho glasses & nose disguises in case anyone we knew saw us wandering around Aquarium Village. But, it being mid-week we figured we were pretty safe.
Well, we found the Sword Shop and looked through the windows. Looked like a shop that sold swords to us. No food in sight. So we wandered around the corner. The pink and blue place in the photo is a place called Screme's Deli. It's actually also the back entrance to the Sword Shop. Inside we found a few small tables full of apparently happy eaters. The staff was bustling back and forth between the kitchen and the dining area. We checked out the signage and the deal is that every day the deli serves a lunch. Just the one lunch, no choices. If it's what you want, great, if not, come back tomorrow. The lunch consists of a green salad, an entree and a dessert as well as a small (12 oz.) drink. And, yes, it does cost only $3.00. They serve from 11:30 to 1:30, if memory serves. The entree the day we tried them out was a pork chop and baked potato:
It was really good. The pork chop was nicely seasoned and very tender. The spud was baked to perfection and had real butter as well as sour cream
if you wanted it. The salad was good and about the same size you always get as a dinner salad. Since there was just the one entree, service was virtually immediate.
For dessert they offered these humongous homemade (okay, deli-made) cookies. They had at least three varieties that I noticed but there may have been more. I had a chocolate chocolate chip one and Lulu had a sugar cookie:
And all this just a hop, skip and a jump from the boat. We haven't been back yet but we will be. And maybe while we're there we can pick up a sword or two