Hi. Will be spending a week at Weekapaug and am wondering what is the best family dining?
There are no restaurants in Weekapaug, but Maria's Seaside Cafe on Atlantic Ave. across from the beach in Misquamicut has excellent Italian cuisine. It's not cheap, but they do have children's plates at a reasonable price. There are some suprisingly poor reviews on Tripadvisor.com, but I've never been disappointed with the food or service over many years, including some large special occasion dinners.
downtown westerly has some good restaurants: up river cafe; thai pepper; 84 high street. And Bruna's Table -- a new restaurant that I am dying to try but never want to wait. I've heard terrific things about this place. .
also, if you head to Narragansett, try Spain
Dittos for Spain in Narragansett. Crazy Burger, a BYOB in Narragansett has a wide array of burgers and main meals, some vegan, and funky to boot. Another favor is Jim's Dock, a BYOB in Jerusalem across from Galilee - wondeffully fresh seafood in a very pretty, relaxed setting. Try some fresh oysters and littlenecks from Tom's clam stand on Shore Rd. (Rte 1A). It's a mile or so East on 1A from the road to Misquamicut and open on weekends.
Vetrano's on Rte 1 in restaurant is our favorite basic "go to" restaurant, great for families. It is a very popular place. Basically Italian, they have entrees for every palate, a children's menu, pizza, and, decent salad is included in the cost of the meal. Prices are moderate. We are rarely disappointed with our order. It is On Rte 1 near the intersection of Wells street (if I am not mistaken) next to Radio Shack.
Also moderately priced in Westerly is Modestos- Italian and mexican.
Venice is decent, 84 High Street- both are pricier than Vetrano's, Pizza Place ( basically pizza, but they have good cheese ravioli). If you don't mind driving a bit, Matunuck Oyster Bar is good- (Succotash Road- take rte 1 north from Westerly, about 20 min or so).
Champlins is fun- in Pt Judith where the ferries leave for Block Island- casual, you order at a window- mostly fried seafood, though they have a few other items as well- it overlooks the fishing boats and ferries. Again, that is a bit of a drive from Westerly.
I haven't had great luck at Vetrano's recently. Last night we ordered takeout. The kids' ziti was so mushy you couldn't pick it up with a fork, the sauce was heavy on tomato paste. The fettucine carbonara had raw pancetta. In short, it was horrible. Other entrees were barely ok. I'd put Vetrano's in the hit or miss category, lately it's been all misses for us. It certainly is not inexpensive, over $45 for two simple entrees & kids meals, no drinks.
Pizza Place in downtown Westerly has a very basic menu, but EVERYTHING is good and very fresh.
For fried fish try Two Little Fish near the Blockbuster video on Granite Street. Consistently yummy.
I still stand by Vetrano's. We rarely have something we are not happy with. And as prices go, I still consider it moderate, especially since the meals come with a salad. The service is occasionally slow, though, especially at this time of year.
I ditto your opinion ot Two Little Fish. I always passed it by since, to me, it looked like a routine fast food place, which I assumed had just frozen blah stuff, but I tried it recently. Was I surprised! The fried oysters are yummy and they have terrific lunch specials. The coleslaw is good, as are the fries. Yum.
Oh, and if you like to eat by the beach, I like to go to Sam's for breakfast. Just your basic beach burger shack - basic paper plate breakfast, with the usual breakfast fare, with tables on a deck, but it is lovely to be outside by the ocean early in the morning. It is in Misquamicut, diagonally across ( to the right) from Water Wizz water slides, parking lot right next to the Wuskenau beach parking lot. We also enjoy the Andrea for dinner- also on the beach- all the way down towards the end of Misquamicut a way down from the state beach, past Winnapaug Road. Not badly priced- everything from sandwiches to regular entrees, - not gourmet food, but we are always surprised at how decent the food is. Fine, when your goal is to eat outdoors by the ocean. We really enjoy it. Monday is kids night (not sure if it still is at this time of year) with little activities.
Another great favorite of ours for breakfast, also a bit of a drive from Westerly, is Ocean Mist, though I think it is only open for breakfast weekends after labor day, and there would be a long wait on the weekend. If it is before labor day, get there promptly at 10 (or a few minutes before), when they open, for one of the few tables on the outside deck. We love it- regular breakfast fare, or many other items with a mexican twist. And- incredible bloody marys.
Rte 1 north to Matunuck beach road. Take that all the way down to where it starts to bear left hugging the ocean. You will pass motor homes, and then on the right is a parking lot on the beach side. Ocean Mist is the first house past this. The only sign is on the side of the building which is often blocked from view by car. It is right next door to an Irish pub named, I believe, Joyces.
Have a great week