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Shark’s Seafood Bar and Steamer

We were meeting a friend who also has six-year-old twins in Newport to go fishing and we needed somewhere to go eat dinner together. I called and asked if they had room for seven in the restaurant and she said that there were no guarantees (they don’t take reservations) but we could give it a try. We did, and we had no idea the restaurant only had 4 tables and a bar and was slammed.  Despite this the service was great although it was a little slow because they were shorthanded. Our server maintained a great sense of humor and was wonderful towards the kids.  The boys all had clams and clam linguine and loved it, two of us had the cioppino which was outstanding. Dad had the crab and while the crab was good he really didn’t need all the veggies and fruit that came with it.  When we got there and saw how small it was we were sure we would not get a seat, much less have such an outstanding dinner.  But it was wonderful!  Two thumbs up for Shark’s!!

      

Ataula

The dudes finally made it to Ataula, a Spanish tapas place we’ve been meaning to try but seeing the crowds we knew we couldn’t just go any old night on a whim. We went Saturday and arrived 15 minutes before they opened at 4:30 and there were already people waiting, but we got in and as the dudes will attest- this place is awesome!! The chorizo dogs were yummy, the meatballs were to die for, and the ham specials were delicious (mom got the special with 4 year aged ham, from a pig that was fed only acorns and grass for its last four years served with a poached egg, potatoes, and assorted exotic mushrooms- comfort food at its finest!!). The boys shares the seafood paella – they loved the seafood but Lolo wasn’t a big fan of the rice (it was a dirty rice instead of the saffron rice they are accustomed to). Apparently the desert was outstanding but mom was too full to try it. The boys will be back for sure. The staff was awesome and took time to explain everything to us and treated the boys like little adults, and the noise level is such that the kids can be loud and no one would even know it. Either get there right before they open, or go with a party of six or more so you can reserve a table, but it was truly amazing!! Although now I feel compelled to try ham that has not been aged for four years and not fed exclusively acorns so I have something to compare it to, but that of course was lost on the dudes.

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Gruner

We have to admit, we have been here before without the dudes and thought it was time they try it. What we weren’t expecting was just how much they were into it! The beet pickled deviled eggs were a no brainer – we were lucky we got any ourselves! But they devoured the Maulteschen (hope I spelled that right) and the sausage. They weren’t into my lamb, and I can’t blame them. If you come here getimage the sausage. My lamb was fine, but I could have just eaten the deviled eggs and sausage for dinner and been in heaven. Then came the Berliners, they used to be jelly-filled but they changed it to a cookie ganache. The boys were in a zone after one bite. Then there was the pretzel bread… For some reason, the dudes were intrigued by the architecture, and were also closely watching the filming of a Grimm outside. So they were enjoying the food and distracted. Win! As far as kid friendly goes, I wouldn’t take kids that aren’t used to waiting for their food any later than 5:30. They were courteous and treated the dudes well, but I got the impression that they don’t get a lot of 6 year olds in there.

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Stars Steak House

This place was a quaint, small, local restaurant with great service and an amazing staff treated our boys really well. We got there just in time, when we were leaving there was a line and wait to get in. Now in this restaurants defense, our boys are pretty much fooded out, but they did absolutely love the buttered bread, and when we say “buttered bread” we mean bread drenched in a pool of butter with salt on top. If they had their way they would’ve eaten only that. But they enjoyed their catfish, they loved the bread pudding, and they liked the seafood gumbo. We were a little bit surprised that they were out of shrimp. As Mark commented – it’s like a pizza place being out of pepperoni. But overall it was a very enjoyable meal and the boys had a great time!

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Aidan and Lolo get their sushi on at Sho

As we sit here waiting for our food I’m amazed (and kind of frightened) that our almost-6 year olds are talking about how Bluehour has a new chef. At soccer today Aidan recognized a Gentleman’s Boke Bowl T-shirt despite the fact that we’ve only been there once (and it didn’t say “Boke Bowl” anywhere). But here we are, at our dudes’ favorite restaurant. Can never go wrong here. So much so that our dudes tolerate the wait on a Friday night!!!

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Tapalaya

This is not the dudes first time year, but it’s the first time since they started blogging. Great casual atmosphere, and the staff are always great. The food is consistently good, and for dinner it’s great for trying things and sharing because it’s small plates. We are here for lunch and they don’t have the small plates, so the boys got PoBoys (crawfish for Aidan and Shrimp for Lowell). Mom got the Gumbo and dad got the Muffaletta. Everything was wonderful, although the Gumbo had a little too much heat for the dudes. And after the corn bread, sweet potato fries and garlic bread the dudes could barely eat their sandwiches!

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