Order this... Chowder at Poor People's Pub
With only one drive past Poor People’s Pub, you’ll know that this will be a fun place to visit. Maybe it’s the gold vintage Lincoln with a set of steer horns parked right in front that sets the style, but the atmosphere and the staff create the sense that everyone is welcome and that you’ll have a fine time. There’s food and drink inside or out on the patio with games, music, and special events all summer long.
The Pub just celebrated its grand opening for season 2015. Next up is their annual Bacon Fest competition (bacon in any form imaginable) as a fundraiser for the Block Island Conservancy. A Providence band called Family Affair is coming soon.
And, about the menu, owner Ross Audino has “fun with the food.” Selections change almost daily, and reflect not only the chef’s creative choices but also foods their guests have requested. There are the favorites, like their pizzas, which can be topped with anything from lobster to a veggie combo made with local produce. Listed on the menu the day of our visit was a Berkshire blue cheese and hickory-smoked bacon pizza. If you’re looking for a salad, you’ll like their beet salad which is literally a tower of all sorts of good things.
For our visit, Poor People’s Pub presented its own lobster chowder with a tall, cold Murphy’s Margarita.
Ross said, “People rave about our chowder.” It’s made from scratch with big chunks of lobster, new potatoes, sweet corn, heavy cream and “special spices." It’s beautifully thick and rich, almost buttery, with just the right blend of flavors. By the way, if you call ahead, you can pick up enough for a dinner with your family or friends.
The Pub adds its own touch to the classic margarita with honey from Robbie Murphy’s own bees, crushed fresh blackberries and a wedge of lime all served in a chilled glass. Wonderful!
Ross and his wife, Brenna, also manage the new Luca’s Farmstead Market just further down Ocean Ave. When asked for an update, Ross said, “The shelves are full now. Everything is almost all organic and the vegetables are all local. People love the cheeses.”
— Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido
Poor People's Pub is located on Ocean Avenue (look for the car!). Check out their menu at pppbi.com.