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Fred and Steve's

By: Kellie K. Speed

Gaming, racing, dining and entertainment – where can you find all under one roof?  Why, of course, the new Twin River in Lincoln, Rhode Island! 

Twin River is a $220 million construction project that has transformed the former Lincoln Park into a state of the art entertainment destination. While there are currently no overnight accommodations on-site, we believe it will just be a matter of time before some are constructed, as the facility is located on acres of undeveloped land. The renovated Twin River truly is an exciting recreational experience.

When the gaming complex, which is less than an hour’s drive from Boston, opened, news had already spread about the much anticipated arrival of Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse owned by two of New England's favorite pro football players Fred Smerlas and Steve Deossie.

We decided to head to Rhode Island to see if the steakhouse truly lived up to the hype surrounding its opening. Located on the second floor of the complex, the bar side was already bustling where we relaxed with a glass of cabernet while our table was being prepared. Shortly after, we were shown to our cozy table in the back room.

Our server greeted us and was very knowledgeable about the menu. He made several helpful suggestions and gave us just enough time to decide on our appetizer selections. We started our evening with the jumbo shrimp cocktail served with a roasted black pepper cocktail sauce, which we wished had a little horseradish.

Other cold appetizers included an oyster selection, king crab legs and a seafood extravaganza of shellfish and Alaskan king crab.

The hot appetizer - stuffed mushrooms with Italian sausage was the hit of the evening. The large mushrooms were overstuffed and then baked, topped with lemon infused butter, a truly sinful indulgence, but well worth the extra calories.

The eggplant tower sounded intriguing as did the baked lump crab cakes, which we look forward to sampling on our next visit.

We skipped over ordering a cup of New England clam chowder or French onion soup and glanced and sliced beefsteak and tomato salad but decided to save room for our entrees.

My husband sampled the prime rib, a thick mouthwatering cut served with a side of creamy horseradish sauce, the perfect complement. The juicy prime dry aged Kansas City steak was the winner of the evening hailed the restaurant’s “richest cut,” seared on the outside and cooked to medium perfection.

Be sure to share the sides, which are large enough for two or three guests. We tried the creamed spinach and enormous baked potato. Other sides included steamed asparagus, sautéed broccolini with sweet carrots and roasted white fingerling potatoes.

Other main entrees included a center cut veal chop, double rib lamb chops, and half free range grilled chicken. If you aren’t in a carnivorous mood, “seafood delights” include a Chilean sea bass, stuffed shrimp, pan seared jumbo scallops, lobster, swordfish and salmon.

If you can save room for dessert, which we could not, Fred & Steve’s offered everything from a bananas foster cheesecake and Key lime pie to a flourless chocolate cake and cappuccino mousse torte.

From the moment you arrive at Fred & Steve’s, you know you have found someplace special. The exceptional service, commendable entrees and classic dining experience has put this restaurant in a class by itself.

Fred & Steve’s

Twin River

401-475-8400

http://www.twinriver.com/dining/fredandsteves.cfm

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

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