Last week, we made our way over to The Newell Post, a relatively new restaurant tucked away on Fisherville Road. So tucked away, in fact, that the Snob didn't even know it was there for months! Turns out, the eatery is the latest dining option created by David and Deborah Newell, former owners of just-down-the-street neighbor Summer Freeze. But the Snob cares little for backstory: Let's dive right into the meal, shall we?
The Newell Post's menu features breakfast and lunch items; we got there around noon and thus opted for lunch. It was mostly soup and sandwich-type fare, with a few seafood dishes like haddock and crab cakes mixed in. We went with the special of the day, which was chicken divan.
The chicken divan ($7.59) consisted of chicken breast and broccoli over rice with white sauce and a side of greens. The chicken was moist and flavorful, each bite a warm, comforting embrace on a brisk fall day. As for the white sauce, it was more textural than anything; we didn't find it added much, and when paired with the white rice, it was (figuratively, of course) vanilla. The broccoli was also there.
Surprisingly enough, the most interesting, vibrant flavor blast came from the cherry tomatoes adorning the side of greens. They were halved, juicy innards spilling out onto the green leaves that bore them to me. Sweet, fresh and flavorful, we would have been happy with a plateful of those cherry tomatoes for lunch!
We still had a little room left after our entree, so we were easily convinced to try some dessert. The fresh apple tart ($3.49) was just the thing. The crumbly, crispy crust contained a healthy dollop of apple filling, heated to perfection. Each bite was a sweet treat, and the swirl of whipped cream topping simply gilded the lily. (We use that term in its most positive light - lilies are way better when gilded.)
It was a satisfying eating experience, and perfect for the change of season; the chicken divan warmed us up and the apple tart threw in that extra touch of fall. We were ready to face the autumn chill.
The Newell Post is also known for its breakfast; perhaps that's what we'll try on our next trip. Would it be frowned upon to follow our french toast with a round of dessert? We certainly don't think so.