One of our favorite things to do when we travel is look for places where locals gather to enjoy a delightful conversation, a beautiful view, or a delicious meal. It is immensely satisfying to know that you have found a hidden gem or a regional hot spot in a place that is often overrun by tourists. In upscale Newport, Rhode Island, we stumbled across such a place, and it provided us a scrumptious meal that was both unique and satisfying. We found the Salvation Cafe.
From a first glance, the Salvation Cafe looks like nothing special. It is a small restaurant with a red Japanese-style facade resembling a pagoda. Upon entering and taking a look at the menu, we came to realize that this is no ordinary cafe. The menu crosses cultures, everything from the coast of India to the heart of Thailand to even the mountains of Peru are available for you to sample at the Salvation Cafe. For vegetarians, Salvation makes sure that we have plenty of options and that our food tastes just as good as the food prepared for the carnivores in the house.
I had a Peruvian dish, one that consisted of thick corn pancakes layered with fresh sautéed vegetables. The dish was served with an avocado ragout that resembled a spicy guacamole, as well as a black bean paste for those who want their protein fix. The meal was absolutely delicious, with authentic flavors and spices allowing for it to stand out in my mind as one of my favorite dishes of recent times.