Summer flatbread at Mohegan Café

Chef Justin Dunlop has mixed a beautiful array of flavors into his newly created Summer Flatbread appetizer, now offered at the Mohegan Café.

Dunlop, who is originally from Cranston and has been cooking at the Mohegan for the past 12 years — with the last two as the head chef — said he was inspired by salad ingredients when crafting this new menu item.

“I wanted to see what these flavors would be like altogether. I thought it was doable. People are going to love it,” Dunlop said. They are.

The ingredients include grilled flatbread, pesto, red onion, sugar-cured bacon, fresh strawberries, fresh arugula, goat cheese and pomegranate molasses.

He was looking to find the right mixture of textures, and he found them. The creamy goat cheese mixes perfectly with the crispy bacon. The sweetness of the pomegranate and strawberries offset the boldness of the pesto.

“I’ve been inspired by my travels and what I’ve had to eat, and try to incorporate all of that into the Mohegan Café,” Dunlop said.

When asked what makes the Mohegan unique on Block Island, he said, “The atmosphere, the quality, and the value of the food.”

The Mohegan Café is located on Water Street. The phone number is 466-5911. Visit

— Lars Trodson

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