Franklin Spa

By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 11, 2009

I also considered the turkey options: a club as a double-decker with bacon (not my thing), an Islander turkey melt (also with bacon, plus Thousand Island dressing — it could be your thing), or a "turkey supreme," fresh roasted turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce ($7.75) — why not? Of course, bread between bread (this time, whole-wheat) makes for a filling sandwich, to say the least, so this provided me with two holiday-nostalgic meals, not just one.

We both had potato salad as our side, large chunks of red bliss potatoes, seasoned with a bit of bacon, and crisp sweet pickle slices accompanied our sandwiches (my favorite over dill slices). We seriously considered a smoothie, because the hand-lettered sign near the cash register promoted strawberry, mango, peach, and blueberry pomegranate. They also have a variety of thick frappes and juices, including fresh-squeezed OJ.

Franklin Spa is a bright, well-lighted space, with windows onto Spring Street and its constant parade of tourists. The staff is friendly but not intrusive. And if you know anyone from your past who lives or works in Newport, you're apt to bump into them here.

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