8. The Black Whale
One of City Island’s most popular eateries, The Black Whale serves a variety of American bistro classics as well as a few Mediterranean and Latin American options. Situated at 279 City Island Avenue, the restaurant’s decor feels almost like an antique shop, with old-fashioned chairs and lamps, a barber pole, antique signs and pictures, and street signs.
Must-have appetizers include chicken empanadas with black bean chorizo dip and potstickers served with a ginger-soy dipping sauce. Seafood starters range from New Zealand mussels with white wine sauce and Maryland crab cakes with a basil remoulade. Salads range from a classic Cobb to a more creative Mediterranean salad with chicken or shrimp, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted peppers.
The Black Whale offers a number of wraps and sandwiches like a pressed Cuban sandwich with pernil and garlic aioli and a Fajita wrap. Pastas range from Mediterranean orzo with sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts to “The Starving Artist,” orechiette with white beans, spinach, and mozzarella. The Black Whale’s meatloaf and BBQ St. Louis ribs are popular entrees, while freshly sourced seafood includes tequila lime shrimp and grilled pesto salmon with Israeli couscous.