Brick Alley Pub
Sure, sure. BeantownEats is a Boston-based blog and and the namesake points directly to Boston-area eateries. However, we do occasionally find ourselves outside the cozy confines of the place we call home. So why not share those experiences with you, in case you ever find yourself in the same place and are looking for some good eats.
Venue: Brick Alley Pub
Locale: Newport, RI in the heart of the historic Thames Street, not far from the Waterfront.
Crowd: Anyone from locals and Salve students to weekenders and cruisers.
Why We Like It: IT’S FUN! When this restaurant/bar gets filled up with a great crowd looking to have a fun night, the upbeat atmosphere is so contagious that you can’t have anything but a great time here.
What to Order: Start things off right with one of Brick Alley’s Famous Triple Shot Martinis. Their perfectly proportioned Brick Alley Cosmopolitan is made with Absolut Citron, Cointreau, Rose’s and cranberry. For something on the sweeter side, chose one of their four Specialty Margaritas. I recommend Julio’s Ultimate with Don Julio and Grand Marnier.
In perusing the appetizer section of the menu, I was surprised to find a mention of Bon Appetit magazine. Brick Alley’s Portuguese Littlenecks were named in the 50th Anniversary issue as one of the best 13 recipes in the history of the magazine. So naturally I had to try them and I was not disappointed. Steamed with garlic, white wine, onion, pepper and chourico, these succulent clams left me wanting more. For something more traditional, try the Tuscan Bruschetta; the Italian bread was perfectly crisp and made the dish.
Like all good pubs, the burgers at Brick Alley are a can’t miss. I recommend the Gourmet Burger, with bacon, portobellos, Great Hill bleu cheese and garlic-horseradish aioli. Following the seafood trend of the littlenecks, I had the Baked Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp. I was hesitant about the Jack cheese listed in the stuffing, but it wasn’t overly cheesy and provided a subtle glue to the light stuffing of crabmeat and scallops.
Even with great drinks and food, my favorite thing about Brick Alley is the atmosphere. It’s just a fun place for any social occasion and one of my favorite out-of-Beantown Eats!