What trip to anywhere would be complete without of photo tour of the local cuisine. Dining on Block Island is a foodie delight. If you’re wondering what to eat on Block Island you won’t starve that’s for sure. There are Block Island restaurants which range from five star restaurants to beach side concessions. My philosophy when I travel is “When in Rome, do as the Romans.” So I try to eat specialties of the area and local food. In New England, and on Block Island that means fish, clams, lobsters rolls, and later home made ice cream.
The Lobster roll from the Rebecca’s On The Beach was a pleasant surprise. Normally beach concession stands serve the traditional hot dogs, hamburgers and the like. didn’t know what to expect, but this cold mixed lobster salad (think tuna salad with lobster instead) really hit the spot. The next day we visited the main beach and I had a grilled tuna steak sandwich. Can’t get that in Nebraska.
One of the delights of the day was breakfast, which is included at your stay at the Narragansett Inn. Many places list a breakfast buffet but it’s short of the gourmet and heavy on the carbs (bagels and the like), not here. Fresh pancakes, or french toast, and the absolute best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had. Sorry Mom. I’m also a sucker for grinder salt and whole peppercorns, look, look, it’s standard on the table! I’m in heaven.
My friend I traveled with is gluten intolerant and even she could find gluten free options and alternatives at many of the restaurants.
Dinner at the Narragansett Inn was wonderful. I stayed true to my theme of regional food and ordered the Pistachio Crusted Cod. Would have never thought of using pistachios on fish, but paired with the tomato/mango salsa it was a blend of flavors and textures which worked very well together.
Authentic clam chowder from MacPhails in the Old Harbor was an item to check off the list and the rainy overcast Monday made it a perfect choice.
I’m one of those people who love calamari, even the little ones with eight legs that remind me of the little sea creature they are. In my opinion it’s a reminder that my sea food didn’t come out of a box chopped up and in “cookie cutter” sizes. These beauties were found at Payne’s Dock restaurant within “stumbling” distance of the Narragansett Inn. That is if you need to stumble back after a few margaritas.
Hope I made you hungry, I know I’m hungry again and want to go back. I also enjoyed clam fritters for lunch, tuna steak sandwich at the beach, and shrimp salads. Overall I think my culinary menu of regional foods was well rounded.
So my question to you is, do you like to be adventurous when you travel and eat local foods? If you have visited Block Island where is your favorite place to eat?