Lunch at Dead Eye Dick's
For lunch, Dead Eye Dick’s chef Vincent Criscuola proudly served us his lobster avocado BLT. This deluxe sandwich is one of the house specialties and combines layers of fresh lobster salad made with the house dressing, slices of ripe avocado, crispy bacon, lettuce and tomato. Owner and manager Jessica Wronowski said, “It’s a winner with both the staff and the customers.” It’s a champion all around.
Jessica, whose grandfather was the first in the family to own Dead Eye’s, talked about the restaurant’s long-time popularity on Block Island. Many of the old- timers know it well, and there are plenty of stories to be told again and again.
“Because of its history, Dead Eye’s is known for its dinners, but everyone needs to know about our lunches, too,” Jessica said. Lunch is served on the wide deck, which is cooled by a soft breeze under a big, blue awning, and faces a wide open view of New Harbor. The menu offers a nice choice of well-prepared, good food in an atmosphere that is 100 percent Block Island. It’s a busy place, but seats always seem to be available.
There are all categories of burgers — something for everyone. The Dead Eye burger is a step up. It’s made with a hand-formed angus beef patty, fried oysters, Vermont cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with Vincent’s homemade garlic mayonnaise and special relish. We could say it’s a clever version of surf and turf.
Come for lunch at Dead Eye’s but don’t forget dinner, which starts at 5 p.m. with sunset cocktails on the deck. Every day of the week there’s an expanded raw bar offering all kinds of seafood, including three different types of oysters. — Becky Ballard
Dead Eye Dick’s is located on Ocean Avenue. The number is (401) 466-2654.