Branching out to The Wharf Pub
Although we mostly enjoyed returning our favorite restaurants, we did find time to try a new one: The Wharf Pub located right off Bowen's Wharf.
I admit that I've walked by The Wharf Pub dozens of times and had never previously felt the urge to enter. It looked like a fun bar and that was about it. Then lately I've noticed it showing up in Yelp's Top 10 for Newport and decided it was time to give it a whirl.
Although it sits in the midst of classic brick buildings, the look and feel of The Wharf Pub is more that of a Texas Roadhouse. There is a lot of rough-cut wood that kind of looks like old pallets. The menu looks very country and the music follows suit – during lunch I heard Johnny Cash’s "Man in Black."
If you follow my Seaside Eatery reviews you know that I truly enjoy a category I call "Fun Food" and The Wharf Pub caters to this perfectly. What else can you say about a place with a half a dozen varieties of tater tots? These bad boys were dusted with black pepper and came with a truffle aioli. Even more impressive was the fish & chips that Mrs. Horne ordered, served “old school style” with the chips wrapped in pseudo-newspaper. I stole a bite and was blown away by the moistness and flaky texture of the fish. I can’t recall ever finding this quality of fish in a beer-battered fish & chips. Speaking of impressive, rum and diet came served in a very nice, heavy crystal glass. From now on, when I’m in Newport and I’m looking for some FUN FOOD, the Wharf Pub will be my new go-to spot! (Read more of Dave's nots on The Wharf Pub.)