The Block Island Times

Order this... Lobster sliders at the National Hotel

Jul 13, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis

As the ferry comes into the Old Harbor, the view of the National Hotel is just to the right along the main street. The classic, white, turn-of-the-century inn with the wide front porch beckons with an elegant hand. It’s the elevated porch that first gets one’s attention, but there’s a whole lot more to be discovered at the National.

Topped by forty-five rooms, the first floor of the National offers numerous ways to dine. The tables that line the porch offer breakfast, lunch and dinner complete with a view, a breeze and the entertainment of all the activity on Water Street. Just inside, the comfortable pub offers drinks (Wednesdays are Mojito nights) and a similar menu. For those guests that prefer a quieter venue and a meal, they can enjoy the lovely garden-like atmosphere behind the inn on the deck or at the cozy fire pits.

It’s executive chef Adam Nardis, with his staff of 10 people, that oversees the large kitchen and ensures each dish is up to his standards. During the year Adam divides his time between the two restaurants owned by Chris and Jackie Sereno: the M. Waterfront Grille in Naples, Fla. in the winter, and the National Hotel in the summer. Adam calls it a “dream job,” and clearly he does his job well. He was awarded the SW Florida Best New Chef of 2013, and was voted one of the Best Chefs in America (BCA) by his fellow chefs in Florida.

The coldwater lobster sliders are a good example of Adam’s style — a balance of traditional New England with a culinary touch. He insists on local ingredients, fresh greens and the best seafood he can find. These sliders “with a playful twist” are made with the National’s own lobster salad, and local spring greens in a warm brioche bun, and are served with sweet potato skinny fries and a crunchy cole slaw.

For breakfast, the bananas foster French toast is one of the most popular items.

A good idea for the kids: after a movie, stop by the National and enjoy their own S’mores around the backyard fire pit. — Becky Ballard

The National Hotel is located on Water Street. The phone number is 466-2901.

Order this... is a weekly column celebrating the delicious food and drink that can be found at restaurants, pubs and hotels on Block Island. If you have a recommendation that you’d like to share with our readers, please call us at 466-2222.

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