Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Every so often, we try a place outside of the Boston area that is so special that we decide to feature it on this site. And such was the case a few weeks back when we checked out The People's Pint in Greenfield, MA. Well, it just so happened that a couple of weeks ago we tried another pub-style restaurant (this one being in Newport, RI), and while The People's Pint hit a home run in our eyes, the Pour Judgement Bar and Grill came in at a triple, though in some ways, we actually liked it even better than The People's Pint. Never heard of the place? Read on....
If you're coming from Boston via Route 138, the Pour Judgement Bar and Grill is located in a strip of businesses on Broadway that is just before the better-known (and more touristy) part of Newport down by the water. This section of the city is a bit rough around the edges in spots with some rather sketchy-looking bars, and it is indeed easy to lump this place in with them, as the exterior doesn't exactly have the visitor-friendly look of, say, some of the ever-popular Thames Street watering holes closer to the water. But the Pour Judgment is actually a pretty mellow place, with a diverse mix of locals frequenting the place and a classic old pub atmosphere, including an old wooden floor that seemed like it should have sawdust on it, exposed brick walls, a waffle ceiling, a long bar along the left side, a narrow strip of tables along the right side, and a pool table in the back.
Sitting down at one of the tables along the right side of the place, we sipped on a couple of very fine beers (Rogue Chocolate Stout and Cisco Whale's Tale Pale Ale) while listening to some old blues music that was coming through the speakers. We soon ordered an appetizer of Southwest eggrolls that had a savory mix of ingredients (including chicken, tomatoes, peppers, and onions), then dined on a couple of sandwiches--a chicken salad with apricots and almonds, and a cheeseburger. The chicken salad sandwich was the winner here, as the sweet and salty mix of ingredients made for a surprisingly complex dish, with the apricots being a particularly nice touch. The char-grilled burger was satisfying as well, though it could have been seasoned a bit more. The handcut fries were terrific, by the way, as they were golden brown and had a slight crisp to them. We ordered a couple more beers before heading on our way, including an outstanding Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and a decent Newport Storm Winter Porter.
We got just enough of a taste of the Pour Judgement Bar and Grill to realize that this is one of maybe three or four places in Newport that are must-visits on future trips. And if we end up liking it as much as we did this time around, it could end up being one of those outside-of-Boston spots that makes it to a featured review. Either way, I'll certainly be counting the days until we return.
If you would like the address for the Pour Judgement Bar and Grill in Newport, here it is: Pour Judgement Bar and Grill, 32 Broadway, Newport, RI, 02840. The phone number is (401) 619-2115.
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