We had a little trouble finding this place on the Newport Peninsula. It looked like 29th Street was under construction and didn’t realize that Tupelo was so close to the marina. It is nestled in among commercial buildings that look like residences. Thankfully, there was a parking space right in front. There is also a small parking lot. I think the only negative about this restaurant is the parking – everything else was wonderful!
The menu is quite extensive. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu offers small plates and large plates for breakfast and lunch. The dinner menu is separate so I didn’t see that. With a name like Tupelo, it had to include some dishes with a Southern flair on the menu. Debbie showed great restraint and ordered Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I, on the other hand, must always order like it would be my last meal. Thursday special was a Pulled Pork Sloppy Joe with Gouda and Peanut Slaw. It was to die for – but hopefully not very soon! We shared an appetizer of Fried Green Tomatoes served with a Corn Salsa and Herbed Buttermilk Dressing. They were fried just right with a light crispy breading.
For dessert, we couldn’t resist the Cinnamon Apple Beignets with Crème Anglaise and Homemade Caramel. They were a little doughy but the yummy sauce made up for it.
The Other Thing – Everything was attractively plated, which is something that, for me, makes a good dining experience even more pleasurable. This place is a keeper!