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There are restaurants, and then it feels like there are restaurants in Newport this November that just have their foot on the pedal and are really going above and beyond.

These are the 6 restaurants that are on our radar this November, if you know better you will add them to yours!

1 – The Revolving Door Restaurant –

The 3rd installment of Battle Chefs is back and it’s hotter and more popular than ever. In case you haven’t heard, Battle Chefs is where Rhode Island’s best chefs go toe to toe weekly and are dealt an exotic secret ingredient and 45 minutes to impress the crowd and judges.

There are a handful of tickets available each week for $20 which gets you in the door and a complimentary beverage and light appetizers (portion of proceeds go to MLK Center). Grab your tickets now!

Just joining them in the kitchen is Guest Chef Justin Bruhl, Bruhl will bring his flavors from Asia and across the world to The Revolving Door throughout the rest of the month of November.

Mixology 101 with Jason Kindness, held several times per month, is a great place to learn how to mix, store and create great craft cocktails.

2 – Pour Judgement –

Pour Judgment has thrown themselves fiercely into the live music scene with the announcement of live music from new acts and superstar regulars every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout November.

Pour Judgment will also keep busy this month when they host a draft night  on November 11th that features some of the rarest and tastiest brews from one of the best West Coast Breweries, Lagunitas Brewing Company.

3 – Brick Alley Pub –

Even after 35 years Brick Alley Pub seems like they’ve found the perfect balance of keeping and doing things traditional while finding new ways to reinvent themselves.

The recent opening of Plumby’s Upstairs Burger Bar is a great example of they are not afraid to try something new and answer a growing need in Newport, something fast, casual and affordable.

BAP is also on the forefront of the craft beer and wine scene, seriously have you seen the selection and how often they change out those menus, delicious stuff!

Brick Alley is also keeping things ol’ school with the upcoming Annual Nacho Day, Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Annual Ski Trip and with their upcoming famous beer and wine dinners.

4 – Caleb & Broad –

The kind-of new kid on the block, Caleb & Broad, continues their tradition of great food at an affordable price. $10 Entree Monday nights are as popular as we’ve ever seen them and the restaurant is almost nightly adding delicious specials to their already great and affordable menu.

Something new at Caleb & Broad recently is the addition of their monthly beer dinner or drink event. Recently C&B has hosted a Clown Shoes Beer Dinner and a Two Roads Brewing Company Dinner, the price to go was ridiculously inexpensive.

Rich Willis, Owner of Caleb & Broad, tells us that he hopes to host movie nights and other special events monthly over the next few months.

Caleb & Broad has also recently been busy with catering, recently putting together a delicious spread for a special private event on Franklin Street. Check them out if you have a need for some affordable catering.

5 – Cru Cafe –

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Is it just us or does it seem like Cru Cafe up on Bellevue has really stepped up their prominence, events and activity over the last few months? They are on fire (and it’s not just because they are advertising with What’sUpNewp).

Cru Cafe is now serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday BYOB Brunch weekly. Let’s face it, all those things are needed on Bellevue.

As if that isn’t enough they’ve also rolled out what Katrinas Bakery did so well while in that spot, they are catering to those who need some help cooking over the holidays. That’s right you can order entire meals to go, just certain dishes or pies.

Speaking of holidays? Planning a holiday event, Cru Cafe can host it!

On November 19th Vickers’ Liquors will be hosting a complimentary tasting of over 50 wines just in time for the holidays! Get some great gift-giving ideas, or learn what to pair with your holiday meal. Treat yourself to brand-new menu items and some classics during this event. Dinner will be served buffet style for $20 per person.

6- The White Horse Tavern  –

If you haven’t been in to The White Horse Tavern lately or since they opened in 1673, this month is the time to make your return.

The addition of Alex Brandariz to The White Horse Tavern team has brought the craft cocktail menu and wine/rum list to  a whole other level. Chef Rich Silvia continues to serve up some of the best food you can find in Newport.

Find out when Bartender John is working at the downstairs bar and let him tell you all that he knows over a couple cocktails about The White Horse Tavern and Revolutionary Newport.

They’ve been doing what they do since 1673, but we truly don’t think there’s been a better time to visit The White Horse Tavern than right now.

Disclosure: Brick Alley Pub and Cru Cafe are both proud advertisers on What’sUpNewp, but seriously they deserve these honors. 

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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