At some point, every handsome sailor in the world ends up at Café Zelda in Newport. Set in a fine 1895 brick and brownstone building (one of Newport's nicest) on lively Thames Street, the food, service, and atmosphere here elevate it above the many other restaurants nearby. Ostensibly a seafood and steak house with a French bistro-inspired menu, the cuisine has more of a farm-to-table style, featuring top-of-the-line ingredients stylishly prepared. Highlights are escargot and mussels Brittany (broiled in garlic and served with breadcrumbs) for starters, and bouillabaise with a lovely saffron sauce as a main course. The Zelda Burger is justly popular, topped with Vermont cheddar, grilled mushrooms, and onions. To get to the restaurant seating  guests walk through the bar area, which tends toward a mix of the yachting crowd and locals who treasure this place. In the restaurant, bold blue-striped walls set a nautical atmosphere, and a long banquette on one wall accommodates most diners in the style of a neighborhood bistro. Stop for a drink, if nothing else, to take in the classic Newport atmosphere—complete with handsome sailors.