Jimbo and Becky founded the first Poor People’s Pub in New Hampshire during a period of unemployment, later inspiring Brenna and Ross Audino and Bo Keating to carry on the tradition by opening up a sister location in Block Island. There, chef Ross’s no-frills menu spotlights comforting, housemade morsels such as german potato salad served in a warm skillet, half-pound hot dogs, locally sourced seafood, and pizzas festooned with stick-to-your-ribs toppings such as pulled pork. His culinary team also crafts plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes to appease customers of every dietary stripe. Behind a bar forged from a 4-inch slab of pine harvested from Lovell Lake, New Hampshire, barkeeps and dislocated squirrels join forces to fill pints with frosty draft beers. The pub entices guests to stick around until its 1 a.m. daily close time with events such as summertime dance parties and Sunday brunches set to live music.
You might say the pastries at Trixie?s Bakery & Cafe are even better than homemade since you can enjoy them without turning on an oven or scouring local windowsills for pies. Each treat from Trixie's kitchen is prepared from scratch using organic ingredients and sustainable products. So you can feel even better about biting into an apple turnover, bear claw, or peanut butter cupcake, knowing it was made with the utmost care with the well-being of the local community and environment in mind. To offset all that sweetness, Trixie's also serves a number of savory items such as rosemary onion focaccia or roasted veggie quiche, all of which pair well with an espresso drink or fruit smoothie.
The Original Famous Pizza opened in 1975, but it's hard to imagine Westerly ever existing without it. Such is the extent to which the DiFazio family has worked their way into the local culture, simply by baking pizza after delicious pizza. Sure, the founding family took some time away from the business, but now they're back and ready to toss more pies at a new location with a larger dining room and a more expansive menu.
Pizza, as always, is the name of the game here. There's no shortage of varieties to choose from, starting with the classic Sicilian. But the further down the menu you go, the more creative options you're likely to find. Taco pizzas, Greek pizzas, and Philly cheesesteak pizzas. Along with these flagship pies, The Original Famous Pizza serves signature grinders and traditional Italian pastas.
The sounds of knives slicing through chilled fish and the sizzling of a hibachi grill echo inside Koi Japanese Cuisine. At a sushi bar, chefs bundle more than 40 raw and cooked hand rolls and more than 25 sushi and sashimi selections. Over an open hibachi flame, morsels of scallop, steak, lobster tail, and other meats sear alongside piles of rice and vegetables. Koi's chefs also prepare several signature entrees, which include meats or seafood prepared in lemongrass or curry sauce.
At Extreme Freeze/Del's of Richmond, guests treat their taste buds to more than 20 flavors of Gifford's hard- and soft-serve ice cream. In addition to cooling off with sweet, creamy desserts, visitors chow down on crispy fries, fried dough, and any flavor of Del's frozen lemonade.