Another fabulous thing about Newport, RI is the great variety restaurants to choose from! We had a hard time choosing which places to try because we had read and heard so many great reviews! When I see a "farm to table" menu - I'm almost always sold. Thames Street Kitchen is the perfect "hole in the wall" eatery with a chill vibe and phenomenal locally sourced food. In short, the chefs are two friends who worked in New York City, married twin sisters, and moved to Newport to open TSK in 2011. I immediately recognized that the twins were waiting tables (their photo is on the website) and one of them was actually tending to ours. She was super friendly and warm ... as was the whole atmosphere. We just felt sort of "at home" at TSK (as cliche and dramatic as that sounds!) Lastly, probably the coolest part about this place is that it's BYOB! Not like it really mattered for me, but I just think that's a super cool aspect and worth mentioning.
Now, for the good stuff....the food. To start, Chris and I shared the Brussel Sprout Salad which was served with beets, lemon and fennel. The flavor was amazing and super fresh with the lemon! So far, they were 1 for 1. Thank God my husband likes to share food - because I can never make a decision on what to get. For the entrees, I went with the Fried Chicken because...pregnant, and Chris chose the Sirloin Flap and side of brussel sprouts. I know, brussel sprouts again - but we were assured that they were cooked/served entirely different than the appetizer, and they were. The fried chicken was served atop "honey spaeztle" (I had no idea what it was) but I'm so glad I just went with it. I would describe it as a sort of potato noodle, with a honey sauce mixed in. Paired with the fried chicken, it was out-of-this-world good! Chris was also a huge fan. The sirloin flap was cooked perfectly to our liking - and the brussel sprouts came out somewhat lightly fried - once again, SO GOOD. Whatever glaze the steak was cooked in made it tender and tasty...along with the charred onions that were served on top. Of course, there was no way I was leaving this restaurant without getting the dessert. Judging from how good the rest of the food was, I knew the last course would knock it out of the park. We had a few choices (chocolate chip cookies were in the running), but ended up ordering the Apple Cinnamon donut holes. They came out piping hot, soft, and perfectly cooked. They served only three, thank God, because I don't think my heart could have taken much more!
Overall, this was our favorite restaurant in Newport. Of course, we haven't tried them all - but in terms of our visit/stay, TSK was a highlight and a must-visit every time we return!