Where to Eat
Whether you’re just off the boat or simply want to take a break from strolling, there’s plenty of food available when you visit Block Island for the Annual Holiday Shopping Stroll.
It’s not easy to just open up a restaurant for three days a month or so after having closed for the season, but these stalwarts of island dining are open year-round for the most part, so go on in, warm up, and enjoy their hospitality.
The island has lost a few breakfast joints this year, including Bethany’s Airport Diner and The Cracked Mug, but there is certainly the opportunity to linger over a cup of coffee, or some boba tea, at Odd Fellows Café just opposite the ferry docks on Water Street. While seating outside is weather-dependent, and inside seating might look limited, there is plenty more up the broad stairway to the second floor.
Normally open for both breakfast and lunch, the café will have extended hours for the Stroll, until 3 p.m. on Friday, and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Odd Fellows manager and baker extraordinaire Kate Musso gets to work every day at 4:30 a.m. in order to prepare for the day ahead. She’s known for her sweet desserts – thus her other business name “Sugar Rush,” and she certainly delivers the sweets with such offerings as Samoa Bundt Cake. Gluten intolerance is no excuse to beg off the calories – there’s always an option.
On the savory side, breakfast starts off with a bagel or an egg sandwich, with a variety of meats, cheeses and breads to choose from so you can build your own. They’re extra good since they’re made with local eggs from Sprague Farm. Or you can go with a smoothie.
Lunch options are a bit more scripted with carefully-curated sandwiches including the Chicken Pesto Caprese Melt or a hot roast beef. There is also a soup of the day made right there in the kitchen.
Coffee is served up as many ways as you want, from plain to fancy, hot or cold.
You can also get coffee at the Block Island Coffee Cart, which, as the name implies, is a cart, and will set up on Water Street. Usually, the “cart” can be found at the Farmer’s Market during the summers, with its offerings of coffee the drink, or coffee the beans, which, by the way, are home-roasted by owner Kerri Gaffett.
You can linger over lunch, take in a game, and enjoy an adult beverage at McAloon’s Restaurant and Bar or Old Island Pub, which are both open for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Kimberly’s will also be open for lunch on Saturday, and dinner later on. All three are down around Bridgegate Square, the four-way stop by the Historical Society. They all have different takes on food, so stroll by and take a look at the menus to choose your favorite.
If you want to grab lunch to go for a hike on a Greenway Trail or on the beach, you can always order a sandwich at the Block Island Grocery. There’s a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, and veggies to make your own combo, or you can go with one of the many “wrap” options on the sandwich board. Don’t like wraps? Substitute whatever bread or roll they have on hand. Most sandwiches are made with Boar’s Head meats, and there are also daily soup specials available.
Eli’s on Chapel Street will be open for dinners only from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It’s an intimate venue but well worth the wait, if there is one, for their signature and island favorite dish, tuna nachos.
Another special occasion dining experience can be found at The Barn at the Spring House. Serving dinner only this weekend, the bar opens Wednesdays through Sundays at 4 p.m. and the kitchen serves up food from 5 to 10 p.m. With a mostly open kitchen, watch your food being prepared while you linger in the cozy dining room over a cocktail or wine.