My wife and I stopped in Westerly, RI for lunch yesterday on our way to Watch Hill. This was our first time actually stopping and checking out the city. In the past, Westerly had only been a highway pass-by on a trip to something further down the road.
We didn’t have a specific restaurant in mind, but had heard great things over the past few years about Westerly’s new restaurants. So, we drove around seeing the sites and looking for a lunch spot. We were very impressed with Westerly’s majestic public buildings. The post office was breathtaking. I am very curious about the city’s history and maybe another trip will include their historical society.
Going past the post office we ended up at the intersection of High and Canal Streets. The neighborhood looked promising with lots of restaurants, antiques shops, and galleries. We walked up Canal Street until we were drawn to the folky sign of The Brazen Hen. We liked the menu and got seated at a window table. The ambiance was traditional Irish Pub and the décor was well done and comfortable. Their ceiling plan was cool, too.
Their pub-style lunch menu was broad with a few soups, entrée salads, burgers, sandwiches, and Irish dishes like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Prices were very reasonable.
My wife had a roasted vegetable wrap with fries. I had a Reuben and took advantage of the upgrade to onion rings. My wife’s grilled vegetables were excellent. My pastrami was lean and not salty at all (I hate it when the first taste of a dish is salt.) The onion rings had a nice crunchy beer batter coating and had certainly been onions that same day.
The Brazen Hen was excellent. Unfortunately we didn’t ask to see the dinner menu.