Dining

  • Fri, May 26
    The Block Island Times, in collaboration with the Helping Hands Food Pantry, will host the third annual “A taste of the island,” a tasting event that will feature 15 island restaurants offering small-plate samples of a selected item from their 2018 menu.  Admission to the event grants unlimited...
  • Fri, May 26
    Calling all foodies! Block Island Restaurant Week takes place from June 10 to 16 this year and lots of restaurants on the island offer great specials, oyster tastings, wine tastings, beer tastings and other fun food events. The Block Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Block Island Restaurant...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    “If you like ice cream, you’ll love gelato,” the sign reads at Mia’s Gelateria on Water Street. The shop is familiar, but the name is new. Mia Doyon has taken over ownership of the shop and is proud to have her name on it. For the past eight summers, Doyon, 19, worked in the shop when it was known...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    One of the best spots on the island to kick back, see the sunset and relax either on the porch or on the lawn — is The Narragansett Inn. With many beverages to choose from, this summer the Blucumber is a popular and refreshing choice. Made with Stoli blueberry vodka, fresh cucumber pureé, a splash...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    The Oar — Sushi Chef Michael prepared some of this fish for our tasting with his own elegant, stylish, and long (very sharp) knife. Rice, vegetables, daikon radish, bamboo leaves — even lovely flowers — appeared in his work space, and the result was the beautiful, absolutely delicious platter...
  • Wed, Jun 15
    It seems that bluefish sometimes get brushed aside as the last resort fish to put on the dinner table. Its true that sometimes these toothy, ferocious fighters can taste as strong as they fought getting into the boat. If properly handled and cooked within a day or two these buggers will taste as...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Whether you live on Block Island or are planning a visit, some “can’t miss” dates for your calendar are June 12 through June 17. Beginning with the 1st Annual “Bite of Block Island” food show on June 12, combined with Restaurant Week running from June 12 to June 17, you’ll find plenty for everyone...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    Do you have a special event coming up? Whether you’re planning to host a family reunion, office retreat, summer party for friends, wedding, fundraiser or just needing a vacation from the kitchen, why not hire a local caterer? From a small, simple, affordable buffet to a seated, gold-plated dinner...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    BIT Category: 
    Breakfast 1661 Inn Aldo’s Bakery Bethany’s Airport Diner B.I. Boat Basin B.I. Grocery Harbor Grill La Cucina Luca's Farmstead Market National Hotel Old Post office Bagel Shop Payne’s Donuts Persephone's Kitchen Seaside Marketplace Spring House Hotel Surf Hotel Topside Cafe Lunch Aldo’s Restaurant...
  • 25th Anniversary
    Wed, Nov 26
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Holiday Shopping Stroll, a three-day event that will have some 30 stores and art galleries decorating their windows and opening their doors for a unique Block Island shopping experience — one that often comes with a cup of hot cider, cocoa and a...
  • Cult Following
    Tue, Sep 2
    Coffee lovers are finding an extra fix these days at Ben & Jerry’s on Water Street, where owner Steve Papa came up with a drink that marries the intense B&J’s flavor Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz with that uniquely Rhode Island coffee syrup known as Autocrat. Throw in a little milk, put it...
  • Judy's Picky Picks
    Tue, Sep 2
    I know a lot of people who pride themselves on their cooking. One of them is my sister-in-law Regina, a grad of the Culinary Institute, in other words, a real chef. One of her favorite eyewitness stories is of working in a New York City restaurant with two feuding kitchen guys, one of whom ended up...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    “The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.” – Roald Dahl , James and the Giant Peach...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Brad Marthens knows his wine. It’s evident as he excitedly gushes about the wine list at the Atlantic Inn, the island hotel he and his wife Anne own and manage. It’s evident, too, why the Inn and its restaurant, Restaurant 1879, have once again won a Wine Spectator award. In fact, they’ve...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    As the sun’s golden rays begin to cast longer shadows in the early evening over the rolling fields of Block Island and there’s just a hint of a chill in the night air, we cling to the balmy days of summer all the more ferociously. To banish thoughts of summer’s impending departure, I plan as many...
  • Judy's Picky Picks
    Tue, Sep 2
    Andiamo (C’mon, let’s go) to Aldo’s Seafood and Pizza Restaurant for this month’s Picky Pick. There are many good restaurants on the island, some even include a few Italian dishes on their menus or serve pizza, but there is only...
  • Local Flavor
    Fri, Aug 29
    Some things are just non-negotiable. That’s the way it is with joining our friends from Indiana (Missy and Bill, in photo at top) for mudslides at The Oar. They come to the island for a week every July-into-August and one of the first things we do is plan what night we’ll have dinner at The Oar,...
  • What's New
    Thu, Jul 31
    This summer, three food trucks have opened around the island after the town rewrote an ordinance to add more licenses. In previous years, there had been one Hawkers and Peddlers license, for a food cart at Settlers’ Rock. In August last year the Town Council voted 4 to 1 to allow up to three of the...
  • Local Flavor
    Thu, Jul 31
    An island institution for forty years, Finn’s Seafood Restaurant is the quintessential something-for-everyone place. It’s hard to find an island resident who doesn’t have a favorite Finn’s menu item. Summer visitors have their favorites, too, the things they look forward to all winter. It’s almost...
  • Cottage Industry
    Thu, Jul 31
    I watch oyster farmer and entrepreneur Dave Deffley swim out to his boat; while I take photos from the dry shoreline my sense of adventure pales in comparison. He swings around the back pond and picks me up at the Hog Pen, camera and note pad in tow. Once aboard, I find a place to perch amidst tubs...
  • What's New
    Tue, Jul 1
    When it comes to special occasion dining on Block Island, the Atlantic Inn is on everyone’s list. But you shouldn’t wait for an anniversary or mortgage payoff to head to the beautiful old Victorian at the highest point on High Street, say the owners. They want their restaurant to be on everyone’s...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    I first came to the island as a small girl in the 1950s. I loved its history, it beauty and its quiet simplicity. It captured my heart as a child and still does to this day. I feel especially blessed to have known the island before it was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1980s. We stayed at Cuttings Cottages...
  • Hidden Block Island
    Mon, Jun 9
    By the time Memorial Day hits, there’s no shortage of places to get pizza on Block Island (In February, meanwhile, year-rounders are oh-so-grateful to Club Soda and Poor People’s Pub for baking pies). And the grand Spring House Hotel may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    The breakfast buffet at The 1661 Inn is one great way to start a day. There are many other places to buy a fine breakfast on Block Island. You can find muffins and bagels and doughnuts and pancakes and eggs in a number of restaurants or even in the supermarket. You can sit down at a table or take a...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    Grace O'Neil has grown up on Block Island for the past 18 years. Below is her list of the top 10 restaurants for families. 1. Aldo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant As the only fully Italian restaurant on the island, Aldo’s offers a variation of pizzas, pastas, and all the other Italian...
  • Tue, Dec 3
    Joe Sprague has been farming and raising cattle for many years. “I grew up with cows,” he says. “The only thing that’s always been in my life, all 56 years of it, is cows.” Many island denizens know Sprague—he might have dug the foundation for their new house or garage, or brought over a load of...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    The first thing people usually say when I tell them I work in a fish market goes something like, “Wow you must smell like fish all the time!” The funny thing is, particularly on Block Island, this comment is hardly true. Fortunately enough for me, I work at a high-volume fish market with lots of...