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Spicy Shrimp Pizza at Newk's Eatery.

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Christina Ruotolo

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

If you’re looking for new place to hang your hungry hat, then I have the place for you. Newk’s Eatery just opened at 516 S.E. Greenville Blvd., and it’s fantastic!

Every meal is made-to-order in an open-view kitchen. The diverse menu offers toasted sandwiches with flame-grilled meats, dozens of salad options, kettle-batch soups and hand-rolled pizzas for lunch and dinner.

Newk’s also owns its own bakery, making signature dozen-layer cakes every day with flavors like strawberry, caramel, chocolate and a seasonal feature (currently an iced lemon cake for summer). It also serves freshly brewed Rainforest Alliance certified iced teas.

Newk’s was founded in Jackson, Miss., in 2004 by Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson and Chris Newcomb, the same group that founded McAlister’s Deli. Since then, the franchise has opened 116 stores in 15 states. There are four other locations in North Carolina, but this is the first in this part of the state.

The Greenville location’s management team includes Jason Craig, John Kurnat, Heidi Beech and Fredy Santos.

“At Newk’s, great food drives us, and we’re excited to share our thoughtfully curated menu with more folks in the Greenville area,” Stewart Slocum, CMO of Newk’s Eatery, said in a prepared statement. “Our founder Chris Newcomb, who develops our dishes, is a true foodie, and his passion for big flavors and generous portions is brought to life in every dish.”

Some of the staple items that are only found at Newk’s are family recipes. Some include the Tippah County Caviar, pimento cheese, macaroni and cheese, Southern chicken salad and fresh dressings such as the lemon basil, raspberry or sherry vinaigrette.

Newk’s provides a complimentary Gourmet Round Table at the front of each restaurant, offering its guests a tasty assortment of add-on items for no additional charge. Add-ons include fresh roasted garlic, shredded Parmesan, capers, house-made croutons, bread-and-butter pickles, imported jalapenos, imported pepperoncini peppers, sliced cherry peppers and imported Italian bread sticks. There are a variety of sauces to delight your palate from hot to sweet to savory.

There is such a wide range of colorful and healthy options to choose from, so it was hard to decide what to sample. For my tasting, I started with the ahi tuna salad. Beautiful medallions of sushi-grade pink ahi tuna were fanned out over a chopped salad made with mixed greens, matchstick carrots, sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, radishes and wonton strips. The salad was tossed in ginger wasabi dressing, which was light and flavorful, making for a balanced and tasty salad at $12.99.

Next, I sampled one of Newk’s hand-rolled pizzas, the spicy shrimp pizza. The fresh dough was topped with boiled shrimp, red and yellow peppers, vine-ripened tomatoes, mozzarella, Parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes over a semolina flour crust that has been brushed with chili oil and garnished with fresh cilantro. This pizza was amazing with an explosion of tastes from the sweet peppers paired with tomatoes bursting with flavor to the building heat from the chili oil and red peppers all the way down to the gooey tangy cheese and the crispy crust. This one does not disappoint. It costs $9.29.

I also sampled one of the signature sandwiches, the Newk’s Q sandwich. It features sliced, flame-grilled chicken, sliced bacon, Ammerlander Swiss cheese and signature white barbecue sauce between toasted slices of French Parisian bread. I paired my sandwich with the Tippah County Caviar, which is black-eyed peas mixed with green onions and green peppers. The sandwich was flavorful and unique with its white, slightly spicy barbecue sauce that blends nicely with the mellow cheese and crispy bread. The Tippah County Caviar is a Southern rite of passage with its tangy and flavorful ingredients, something everyone in the South has to try at least once. The sandwich costs $7.99.

In just a few short months, summer will be over, and that means it will be time for hearty soups and cheesy things that make you glad it’s cold outside. I decided to channel my inner winter and sampled the loaded potato soup. Fork-tender chunks of potatoes are blended with luscious, velvety cream and spices and topped with chopped bacon, green onions and then drizzled with sour cream. It was rich and creamy.

Other soup options include pulled pork and corn chowder, tomato basil, corn and crab chowder, broccoli and cheese, five-bean chili, pepper-jack crawfish, spinach and feta, chicken tortilla or lobster and crab bisque. Soups are $8.99 per 16-ounce portion.

Another cheesy Newcomb family favorite and Southern staple is the six-cheese pimento mac and cheese with bacon. It was cheese heaven and a perfect choice for any cheese lover who craves savory and cheesy in every bite. Cost is $3.99 as a small side or $6.79 as an entree.

Newk’s offers a variety of catering options. Choose from deluxe or classic sandwich platters, pasta salad bowls, boxed lunches, individual boxed salads or party trays. For more information on catering options, email newksgreenvillecatering@gmail.com.

Newk’s Eatery is supportive of its communities and in 2014 started Newk’s Cares, a charity that helps raise awareness and funding for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliances, the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women’s families.

To find out more about the restaurant, call 351-8393 or visit www.newkseatery.com.

Bone Appetit

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina will host a Bone Appetit fundraising event from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday at Basil’s, 1605 E. Fire Tower Road. Ten percent of all food and drink sales will be donated to HSEC. Write “for HSEC” on the receipt and alert the server. Leashed dogs are permitted on the patio.

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