Amidst the back to school hustle and bustle, and the irresistible Indian Summer beach days, we suddenly look at the calendar and find we’ve arrived in the true month of Autumn: October. The celebration of the season is in full swing- from apple pies, to the famed Pumpkin Spice to Halloween- Warwick is of course, the place to watch the foliage and tell spooky stories by a roaring fire! So my friends, grab an extra layer, and let’s take a stroll together, exploring October!

With the days getting shorter, and a slight howling in the winds, my mind takes me to a very familiar tale, one of which took place around my time growing up- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow! Do we have a sleepy hollow here in Warwick? We do have Warwick City Hall and the Aldrich Mansion- both of which are known to be haunted. From phantom cigar smoke to various apparitions roaming the halls…we have our fair share of hauntings here in Warwick!

The scenery in our area allows for the ultimate hay ride experience. Where better to enjoy a hay ride and a corn maze, for some traditional, outdoor fun? At Morris Farm you can experience the cool evenings and orange sunsets of the Harvest moon while riding and having fun with friends and family.  Let’s hold that thought for just a second, and re-visit the delicious, Autumn cuisine we have to look forward to.

The Iron Works Tavern is arguably one of the best restaurant in Warwick- and as we discover each month, there are certainly a lot of restaurants in our area. But, there’s a lot of things that make a restaurant “the best”- and it starts and ends with the experience. The location in itself is a welcoming landmark to our state- right across the way from TF Green Airport. Many times we go out to eat finding ourselves longing for a particular cuisine- perhaps Asian influenced, Southwestern, or Italian. Sometimes we all want something a little different- but we all will agree we want to leave satisfied, and still tasting the delicious-ness on our lips. Smells, ambiance, the lighting, the crowd, the warmth- all of these things are great indicators of your dining experience. Executive Chef Brian Counihan, has found a flawless way to enhance the things we already love about the Tavern- celebrating favorite, New England ingredients with a fresh twist.

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Perhaps the most difficult thing about being at the Tavern is having to decide what to order. For the indecisive, this is extremely painful. But before I go on about the food, the first experience is the drink. A beautiful, rustic, modern bar setting, there is Jennifer, the bar tender that mid-September evening, welcoming me as though we were old friends. May be a bit cliched- but this could not be more true. Jennifer suggested the Coconut Rum mix Martini– an unexpected, exciting start to the night. This was by far the perfect companion for perusing the appetizer menu. Everyone can do a Bacon Wrapped Scallop, but not everyone can do it like IWT. What sets this particular bacon-lovers staple a part? Maybe it’s the corn bread crumble, green onion and bourbon maple butter…yes, it definitely is! No doubt. This gives a nod to the distinct, familiar Scallop taste while providing enough sweetness to give it a tangy, new flavor.

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For an entree it’s nearly impossible to choose between a Mushroom Pizza to share, the French Dip, a signature Chicken Bacon and Chive Mac & Cheese dish, Vegetarian Lemon QuinoaChicken Gorgonzola, or one of the specials that night: Ahi Tuna. With a few sips of my Coconut Martini, I told Jennifer I have decided on the Ahi Tuna. Traditionally, it has been a favorite of mine. Stir fry, sesame seed, and abundance of flavor, and did I mention Aioli?! The portion was massive- I most definitely received my fair share of fish! What an evening. The dim lights, and bustle of an exciting late dinner crowd with a beautiful open kitchen; I could see Chef Counihan and his Sous Chef’s perfecting their works of art. It’s always fun to try new things, but what the IWT provides is the favorites and familiars, with an outstanding exploration in flavor. It also helps just a tad when you end the evening with creme brûlée.

Cheers to October my friends!