What about Payne’s Dock Donuts. Are they still there? They were pretty good as I remember from years ago.
I was responding to your query, fyi.
We had four people, one of whom lost her glasses and couldn’t see. She dove in the water and forgot she had them on !
Back in the late 60’s i was a roadie/soundman/driver/a rock band called the Valkyries..we played Block Island 3 weeks a year—Memorial Day week,Labor day week, and one in the middle—from what you say it hasnt changed much![:I][}:)][8D] It was a prized gig–great pay, free drinks,hotel rooms two meals a daya,way too much "social life",and the wiews and beach too!. I do recall that as for food–IMHO–the food you could find along the coastal Rhode Island roads that you took to get to the ferries, was FAR superior to what you got on the Island. I cooked for many yrs too andi can say from experiance that island resorts where to native population is dwarfed by the "Guests"rarely produce food as good as where there is a large popultion of regular customers–the folks that work in those "resorts" cooking know that the odds are good that MOST of the clientel will rarely if ever be back and besides that .they really are a caqptive audiqance—-especially on a SMALL island with limited choices for dining.
In any case–it was fun when i we 20![:o)]—thanjks for the memory!
Ooooooh…fornication and booze! Sounds like my kind of place. And the last time I was on BI, I was too young for either, so a return trip is definitely a good idea! [;)][}:)]
You rented a car!!!!!
Were they out of mopeds/scooters?
BTW, the island is not cheap, as you can imagine. In high season (now) minimum $250/ night for a room plus 7% sales tax and 8% hotel occupancy tax. To rent a car for a day was $150 ! Although to be fair it was a Mustang convertible. And gas…$4.49 a gallon. Ouch. It was recommended to us to come back in September when rates were lower but the weather the same.[8D]
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Thanks for the trip report – I fixed your threads BLOCK LETTERS for BLOCK ISLAND.
I like your take on BIRI! As you noted, there just isn’t a lot of eating places to write about…I guess folks are too busy with the other activities you describe.[}:)]
A few weeks ago I asked for any roadfood stops on Block Island or BIRI as the locals call it. I will report that while there aren’t many, my 4 day stay came with a few finds. If you are leaving from New London, there is Captain Scotts Lobster Dock, already reviewed here, and only a half mile from the ferry. My first taste of Rhode Island Clam chowder, and an excellent start.
Without being too pc, people go to BIRI to do two things: drink and fornicate. It is done with a great deal of abandon. We were served Grey Goose martinis on the dock as an introduction: Hey I’m Sean, want a martini ? By the time we got to the Island we had a good buzz on.
The National Hotel is the big Victorian overlooking the Old Harbor, and it seems it is everyones first stop, with a huge front porch/bar. We had an excellent NE Chowder there, maybe the best I’ve ever had. On Saturday night we had a real treat at the American Hotel, which at $65 prix-fix was not roadfood but memorable none the less. There is also Rebecca’s which was highly recommmended for breakfast but we found too crowded as we wanted to get to the beach.
About 2 miles from Old Harbor is New Harbor and we found that was a little less crowded yet just as fun. The Oar overlooks the Harbor which was full of huge yachts and sailboats. They had a very nice sesame tuna for $9. Our best find came the last day when we stumbled upon Trader Vics at the Champlins Resort. Great place at the end of the dock featuring a varitety of clams (on the half shell and "stuffies") and superb blender drinks. A great way to end a memorable visit.
Block Island Report
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