Mohegan Café

Dave Sniffen met us with a colorful, steaming plate of his Pad Thai.

Dave, chef at the Mohegan Café for almost 25 years, says this dish has been one of his most popular items long before it was “discovered” and became a favorite across the country.

With its combination of stir-fried vegetables, noodles, lime, cilantro, spices and Asian sauce, Pad Thai adapts itself to our search for fresh, healthy food with a touch of the exotic. At the Mohegan, this can be served as a vegetarian dish or with the addition of shrimp or chicken. Chopsticks are available if you prefer.

Dave served his Pad Thai with a tray of four of his 5-ounce samplers of home-brewed beers. With the only brewery on Block Island, the Mohegan offers at least six fresh, tantalizing, ever-changing choices on tap on any given day.

There’s a Mohegan beer to go with my menu item. We were served the Chili Pepper beer which has been a hit for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Their pilsner ale is light and refreshing; the Black India Pale Ale (IPA) is dark and aromatic; and the Apricot Ale is lightly fruity (“not sweet”) and recommended for swordfish or tuna. Dave also makes his own ginger beer, one of the main ingredients for a Dark and Stormy.

Stop by the Mohegan Café and introduce yourself to the new owners — Katie Simlick and Marc Scortino. Katie says, “There was an established family and team already here. Coming here has been a wonderful experience.”

“And they have brought in a fresh, new point of view,” says Chef Dave. — Becky Ballard

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