12 months ago
When I was a kid, when my close friends and I found a special place, we kept it secret. It was just ours. If we let others in on the secret, we feared it would no longer be special.
Well, that is Tupelo Junction Café. It is in a location that has been restaurants come and go, some great, some not so great. But it is the unpretentious neighborhood feel, coupled with the fantastic menu that keeps me coming back. With fried green tomatoes and crispy fried chicken on the menu, clearly there is a Southern connection. But this isn't just your typical Southern food.
The Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, delivered rare as requested with a twice baked potato, asparagus still just crispy enough and homemade Worchestershire the sauce (something I would never put on a steak at home), is excellent and a generous portion will leave you wondering if you still have room for dessert. Or go simple, and try the cheeseburger and fries, the pork chop, the shrimp, or any number of entrées. When last there, I thought I would go light with a "small plate" of mac & cheese with jalapeno. Wrong! It may have been small-priced, but it was a generous portion that had just enough heat to make it entirely different from the mac & cheese mom used to make.
With a complete and well-stock bar, an excellent selection of wines and craft beers, all well-priced and generously poured, everyone will find something to please them. Just don't tell anyone but your friends about the secret of Newport's best neighborhood café and bar.