In our research of different “must try” restaurants in Newport, RI, Winner Winner was one that repeatedly came up in our searches. Whether it was Youtube videos sharing their behind-the-scenes preparations or lists sharing some of their favorite restaurants to visit, it was one of the ones we knew we had to go to before we left.
On our first full day there, we decided to try Winner Winner and see what this chicken spot in Newport had to offer.
The moment you walk in you’re greeted by a PacMan arcade machine, chicken puns, milk crates for chairs and the smell of seasoned chicken. Before even trying the chicken, I was already impressed by the decor. In addition to the puns and the milk crates, there little pictures in frames that were in reference to Newport, benches, and a gallery wall that I may or may not have had thoughts about replicating in our home.
It’s quirky without being over-the-top or gaudy. Fun and fresh without being something that seemed super “hipster-like.” From entering it was clear that while the decor was part of the experience, the focus was on the food.
I was back and forth about what to order since I wanted to try almost everything, but I decided to get the kids meal they had which came with apple sauce, tots, and chicken fingers. I know, I know. I made the mistake of having a little something less than two hours before we got there so I wasn’t as hungry. Han, on the other hand, got the three piece chicken meal which came with gloriously fried chicken with a honey glaze, tater tots, and a biscuit that came with a side of maple-butter. While we ate our separate meals, I did manage to try a piece of his and boy was I not disappointed.
Aside from the chicken, I think my favorite part of the meal was the tater tots and the biscuit, which my husband let me have since he didn’t want his. The tots are thick and almost seem as if they were made of mashed potatoes (instead of diced or processed) that they then molded and popped into a fryer. They were easily the biggest and most delicious tots I’ve had.
The biscuit was crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and the maple, cinnamon butter really set it off.
It was one of our top five meals we had in Newport, RI for sure and one we’d definitely recommend if you are planning to visit the area.