Sam's Snack Bar - starker than before but still standing.

Iconic Sam’s Snack Bar 2010- starker now than before Hurricane Sandy hit, but still in business at Misquamicut Beach on Atlantic Avenue in Westerly, Rhode Island.


Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett



Nothing compares to an early morning stroll along the sand followed by breakfast on the beach. Sam’s Snack Bar remains a great spot to greet the morning with eggs and the fixings at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island.


Powerful waves during Hurricane Sandy tossed the white shack that once housed Sam’s to the other side of Atlantic Avenue in 2012. One of the iconic places along much of Misquamicut’s three miles of shoreline shattered to rubble, only bits and pieces of Sam’s such as swirled signs and cash registers were all that remained after the storm. Sandy was a Category 3 Hurricane with winds that reached 115 MPH. Demonstrating resilience after the devastation, the beach business owners vowed to rebuild and that process continues.




Sam’s white shack has been replaced by a blue cart and trailer. Nonetheless, there is still seating, the grill still puts out ever so pleasing menu items – and oh my, the view of lush white sand and the mighty Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see is still beautiful.


In addition to breakfast, Sam’s serves typical Americana lunches. Parking is available immediately behind Sam’s but in-season the ‘early bird catches the worm’ because the lot fills up quickly.


One Facebook fan of Sam’s has this to say, “Best breakfast in the Northeast, I’ve driven from Maryland just to eat there. You haven’t lived until you’ve had their homefries!”


It’s well-known that we Connecticut residents consider Misquamicut Beach to be among our own. Stretching westward from Weekapaugh to Watch Hill, it is a familiar summer oasis. How enjoyable it is too, to beat the rush and visit in April and May. As the temperatures slowly rise and the sun shines stronger day by day, what could be better than breakfast on the beach at Sam’s!


Sam’s Snack Bar, 301 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, Rhode Island 02891, 401-322-1431 Hours: Mon 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tues-Fri 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat & Sun 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.