How did you ring in the New Year? If your night involved an extra cocktail (or two), chances are you’re looking for a place to refuel. Lucky, then, that many of Aquidneck Island’s gamut of funky cafes, homey diners, and hip restaurants are serving up just what you need. Here are our top five for kicking off the New Year right.
1. Boru Noodle Bar
Ramen noodles have been elevated to high cuisine in worldly cities like London and New York, and here in Newport Boru offers some serious deliciousness on par with the best. With savory broths and fresh add-ins such as squash, greens, pork belly, and eggs, this menu is built to satisfy. Dine in or take out; you’ll set your stomach on a course for greatness.
2. Corner Cafe
Corner Cafe has the best omelettes and homefries in town, IMHO, which is why they’re almost always packed to capacity. With its pillows and bench seating, magazine racks, and memorabilia, it’s got all the comforts of home – plus someone to serve you a tasty breakfast. Bonus: They’re BYOB, so go ahead and pack up the makings for your mimosas!
3. Flat Waves
Nothing gets you back to 100 percent like Hawaiian plate lunch, and Flat Waves delivers. We love the barbecue chicken and fish tacos, but when we really need a proper pick me up, the Acai bowl – a frozen blend of berries and coconut milk topped with granola – is our go-to dish. Plus, Flat Waves truly brings the aloha with its Beyond One Meal program; a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds goes toward the purchase of chickens for families in the Dominican Republic.
Let it be known: You cannot go wrong with a Mission burger. Every succulent patty is a thing of wonder, topped with a unique aioli and placed on a perfectly doughy bun. You don’t have to be hungover to enjoy one, along with their incredible handmade fries, but it sure will cure what ails ya. Not in the mood for a burger? Order a falafel or house-made hot dog. Add a craft beer to make it a complete meal.
5. Atlantic Grille
nurse your hangover revel in your New Year’s Eve shenanigans? The Atlantic Grille is the perfect place for hearty discussions of the night before. Breakfasts of champions start here. I’m partial to the Gooseberry Beach plate, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the dishes at this classic establishment.