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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner In Newport
Published: 02/01/2014
 
Eggs Sardou with crispy bacon, artichoke and Hollandaise at La Maison in Newport
Eggs Sardou with crispy bacon, artichoke and Hollandaise at La Maison in Newport

Can't miss spots for a day of dining out in Newport.

BREAKFAST: La Maison Bakery and Cafe
Tucked away off the main thoroughfare, the French-inspired La Maison Bakery and Café doesn't enjoy the high traffic benefit of the obvious tourist go-to sites – and it doesn't need it. The fresh-baked food, the service and charming cottage setting bring both tourists and locals back time after time. Chef and owner Kate Brown prides herself on considering them all family and serving them meals made only from the best and freshest, and always local when the season permits. Best known for her breakfast Benedicts, Brown offers three choices of Hollandaise classics. There's the traditional with honey cured hickory smoked ham; Eggs Sardou with artichoke and bacon; or the Swedish Cured Salmon Benedict with wild caught salmon. If Benedicts aren't your style, consider the crepes served or perhaps a French omelet. And you won't want to miss out on the orange juice – freshly squeezed to order, no less. La Maison is just one block east of Highway 101 in the heart of downtown. You'll know it when you see the green shingle-style cottage with the paned windows and the welcome vibe. La Maison Bakery and Café, 315 SW 9th Street (541) 265-8812

LUNCH: Local Ocean Seafoods
Every seat here offers a premier view of the bayfront and odds are good while you're savoring your locally caught seafood, you may just get a glimpse of the fishing vessel that brought the catch home. Wildly popular since the day Laura Anderson opened the restaurant eight years ago, Local Ocean is renowned for its seafood, and none more so than the crab dishes. "We don't do clam chowder," says Anderson. "We tell people if you like clam chowder you've got to try our roasted Dungeness crab dish. It's absolutely to die for." You'll also find on the menu, tuna, ling cod, rockfish and salmon. For those who just don't do seafood, there's even a burger made from beef from a Willamette Valley rancher, and if you're not into meat or seafood, the chef will be happy to modify many dishes to meet vegetarian needs. Local Ocean Seafoods, 213 SE Bay Boulevard (541) 574-7959

DINNER: Saffron Salmon
Set at the end of a pier on the edge of the bayfront, the newly remodeled Saffron Salmon ranks as one of Newport's finest dining experiences. Guests will find a menu offering a wild salmon sandwich, seafood stew and certified natural Angus beef steaks. But the hands-down favorites are chef Michael Waliser's delectable calamari and the Dungeness crab and shrimp cakes so renowned, they've been featured on the Cooking Channel's "Hook, Line & Dinner. In short, the kitchen philosophy, says Stacy Waliser, is keep it simple. All of the desserts, sauces and stocks are made in house – even the ketchup. "We like ingredients to speak for themselves instead of muddling favors," she says. "Locally foraged chanterelles really don't need a lot when served in our risotto. The natural favors are perfect." This is a romantic, first-class place for an evening meal, but don't overlook it for lunch when the daylight views are unsurpassable. Lunch or dinner, expect a memorable meal in a romantic setting with top-of-the-line service. Saffron Salmon, 859 SW Bay Boulevard (541) 265-8921 - By Lori Tobias

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