Your November Food News: East Greenwich Tea House, Baja's Comes to Wakefield & New Straightforward Steakhouse

The latest in South County dining

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A gathering space created around steeping tea

The tea-loving college students behind Spill the Tea, Madie Fitts and Talia Anzivino, set out to create more than just a space to steep their favorite bevvies. Fitts explains that the idea behind the venture, a quarantine project after the pair was sent home from school, was “to create a relaxing and inclusive family-friendly environment where our customers can come play lawn games and enjoy a variety of specialty teas.” The open outdoor space has since hosted a fall open-air pop-up event with food and craft vendors, along with sing-along concerts featuring up-and-coming talent.

A wide range of iced and hot teas, including blooming varieties that blossom right in your cup, are complemented by fruit, herbal, and boba add-ins. Playful names like “Talkin Smack” and “All Tea No Shade” give traditional blends a youthful spin, and you can feel good about sipping (and hopefully not spilling) health-promoting teas like “Good Vibes,” an invigorating blend. Stop by for walk-up service and to enjoy a cuppa on the lawn. 

 

Baja’s brings fast-casual Mexican eats to South County

The Rhode Island family-owned chain of Baja’s just opened their new Baja’s Taqueria and Grill in Wakefield last month, joining five other restaurants in Providence, Cranston, and Rumford. Known for their loaded and buld-your-own burritos and tacos, the fast-casual dining joint comes in time to satisfy URI students’ cravings for a quick bite on the go or for easy dinner plans to satisfy all eaters with personalized options. Choose a protein (think seared steak or chipotle chicken) and fill a burrito bowl with your choice of rice, beans, grilled veg, and plenty of toppings and salsas. Or try one of their specials like a Baja Quesadilla, Chimichanga, or California Baja Burrito – with fries inside (and on the side, too, if you want).

In-person to-go ordering lets you see the full scope of fresh ingredients offered in an assembly-like fashion. For safety, find a hand sanitizing station when you enter and masks required while you wait, or visit online to order ahead. 

 

Good steaks with none of the bull

Westerly’s newest steakhouse is also one of the only of its kind in the area, introducing a family-friendly atmosphere with high-end steaks that you don’t have to drive 40 minutes to get to. The husband and wife owners of No Bull Steak House and Pub, Jay and Erin Trumpetto, have three young kids of their own and wanted to create an environment where folks could feel comfortable bringing the whole family, while also treating themselves to a premium-quality meal. Or, Jay explains, “If you come here by yourself, you feel like you’re part of the whole restaurant.”

Steak lovers have plenty to be excited about, from filet mignon to bone-in cuts, but No Bull’s elevated burgers – topped with avocado, smoked gouda, or bacon – aren’t to be underestimated. A pub menu of surf ‘n’ turf and grilled sandwiches is ideal for watching the game from your table (spaced safely apart with hand sanitizer at each) or with a beer at the bar. 

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