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Martha's Vineyard

Will be there for 4 days in August. Anyone want to suggest any can't miss Chow hound type dinning experiences we should try to get to?

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  1. Hi gashrink. A couple of questions.......Have you been there before? Do you like a certain kind of food or atmosphere? Will you be with kids? Is budget a piece of the puzzle or are you going all out on this one? Will you have a car? You are going to have fun, as the Vineyard in August is a hopping place. Let me know- I will try to pass on some suggestions.

    1. Here are a few of my favorites:
      Sharkey's Cantina, Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs -- Very casual, great sangria; can't go to the Vineyard without trying their paella. Served in a small cast iron frying pan, with homemade chorizo, shredded pork, shrimp and topped with lobster.
      Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta, Oak Bluffs - always a line so get there early. Perfect place for the garlic lover -- great lobster fra diavolo and shrimp alfredo - most dishes served in the saute pan at your table.
      Lola's Southern Seafood, Beach Rd Oak Bluffs on the way to Edgartown - Fun, funky, great lounge with entertainment on the weekend and the best mussels anywhere!
      Mediterranean, Vineyard Haven - Casually elegant, cozy (read tiny) outdoor patio; BYOB with creative and wonderfully presented dishes. Try the lamb shishkabob or the fried haddock!
      Newes of America, Edgartown - I guess this is my grazing place, love to sit at the tiny bar down back and order appetizers and wine. Perfect if you get a rainy day.
      Hopefully, this is a good start, there are many other great restaurants on the Vineyard - Enjoy!!!

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      1. re: Pegmeister

        Agree about Mediterannean....one of the best on the island. Give Bittersweet in West Tisbury a try - pricey but well worth it. Lola's is excellent. We walked out of Jimmy C's and went to Pomodoro. After sitting at a table for 20 minutes with waitresses looking at us but never coming over to us, we left. They think because Bill Clinton ate there they are the best. Probably the most over-rated restaurant on the island.

        1. re: RandyL

          Avoid Bittersweet if you are hungry. Teeny tiny portions and astronomical prices. You can do better.

      2. Last summer we had the most delicious dinner at Atria in Edgartown. They have a website. It's not inexpensive, so a special night out. You will want to sit outside. And funnily enough, what I remember most was my pre dinner cocktail! Stoli blueberry lemonade martini! A very lovely spot all around.

        1. It is sad but Bittersweet is closed. It was my very favorite.I have a summer house in West Tisbury and like Cafe Moxie . I also like the Mediterannan and eat there a lot. Lola's is great and we mostly eat in the bar. I guess i will have to branch out but Edgartown is so terrible for parking.

          1. Agreed - MVI has some good questions. Where are you staying? With kids? Budget? There are some fabulous fine dining spots all around the island I mostly stick to Edgartown or head up island for dinner spots. Among the best: Detente, Atria, Alchemy, and l'etoile (all pretty pricey -- but interesting & delicious food. L'etoile is definitely a special night out spot with no kids!). Chesca's is fun and lively and pretty good food, while not quite as expensive as the other spots in town. Up island, The Beach Plum Inn and Theos are my faves. Sweet Life Cafe in OB is also fantastic. I must say, I disagree with some of these posts, Lola's may be funky, but the food is mediocre at best and the Newes is definitely good in the winter for good cozy comfort food, but I wouldn't waste a summer day in at their dark tables.

            1. Oh, I just remembered one of my favorite places to eat on MV and have been kicking myself that I forgot about mentioning it on other comments about MV chow. I guess because it is not in a downtown area and has a certain element of take out, it just did not come into my mind right away. But it is a huge favorite among locals and visitors alike and well worth a stop. It is called the Scottish Bakehouse and is located on State Road in Tisbury, leading towards West Tisbury. In the old days, it used to be a spot for picking up pies and shortbread (often growing green mold, in my experience), but it has new owners who have gone over the top in terms of quality and variety. While their baked goods are the best on the island by far (avoid The Black Dog muffins as they are so tasteless and dry), they also do salads, and amazing lunches and dinners cooked to order. One of my kids is a vegetarian and there are so many things for her to choose from that she is always happy to drop in. You can eat there on a small porch or picnic benches out front or you can pack it up and bring it all home or to the beach. The place is always packed with locals and visitors in the know. Really nice people run it, and you will not be disappointed if you stop by. They have a take out menu so you can call in your order.
              In terms of take out, you also need to know about the famous egg rolls and spring rolls at the Farmer's Market in West Tisbury. Most people who have been patiently waiting for days to get their hands on these treats can't wait to dive in and start chowing down as soon as they get their goods, standing around with broad grins and delicious sauces trickling down their chins, but you can also bring it all home or to the beach and have a totally divine experience. The lines are long but they move fast and it is well worth it. Yum. We used to sit out on the deck with what we thought was a week's worth of food and it would be gone in a matter of hours. So good. Have fun!

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              1. re: mvi

                Thank you thank you all for great suggestions. We are a couple in our late 50's and will go there after my son's wedding to unwind....just the 2 of us. We go for all price ranges, love to eat lobster in the ruff off of paper plates or 5 star food off fine china. I have been all over the Cape in years past but never made it across to either of the islands so figured now was the time. We have ferry reservations for the car so we can get around if we have to. We favor seafood and come up to new England ever summer from Georgia as much for the fresh cold water sea food as for the change of scenery. I appreciate all the suggestions. Will hit a number of them in our 4 days in August.

                1. re: gashrink

                  I suggest going up to Menmemsha or Vineyard Haven or Edgartown or Oak Bluffs or frankly any where on the Island and hitting the fish market or any place where you ask can for something to go. Take it to a beach - get a map where you land.That will be your memory. And a great one at that.Forget any stop in any "big" town - they are all the same of the same .... make your own memory. No restaurant will top that - do it three nights in a row - they will all be good no matter where you take out - find a place. I have never had crap on the Island as long as you are smart engouth to recognize crap when you walk in.

                  Dare anyone to name so.

                  1. re: gashrink

                    Have a great time and let us know how it goes! Have fun at the wedding.

                2. Hi gashrink. One more idea. If you go up island, and they are open, stop into Chilmark Chocolates for some yummy treats to bring home for friends or eat after your lobsters! Call ahead for their hours if you are a serious chocoholic. Lines are long in the summer....Very popular!

                  1. Menemsha is a must for you. Go in the late afternoon to Larsen's Fish Market where you can lobster on paper plates and bring it out back to sit on the dock and watch the sunset. Bring a nice bottle of wine.

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                    1. re: mimikoon

                      i totally agree about larsens in menemsha. their lobsters as well as their sweet neck oysters are so fresh and wonderful to eat sitting out on the dock of this charming fishing village. also try the lobster rolls at the grace church in vineyard haven on friday afternoon/evenings. for a fancy dinner i suggest either detente or l'etoile in edgartown. IMO lola's is not very good, nor a bargain. enjoy!

                      1. re: ameria

                        Third Larsen's. Was there two days ago and it was wonderful as usual. I generally go at lunch and their other items besides lobster are very good as well. I particularly like the stuffed quohogs. Note: all the up island towns are BYOB.

                        Larrsen's also owns NetResult in Vineyard Haven. Same quality but less atmosphere.

                        1. re: BBHound

                          Larsen's doesn't own the Net Result, they're run by siblings. The Net Result has delicious sushi. I'll plug the Beach Plum Inn again. The combination of an incredibly beautiful water view, warm, elegant atmosphere and amazing food make it a must try. Whatever you do, don't miss it. It's expensive but absolutely worth it.

                          1. re: BBHound

                            oh... yes, and vineyard haven is also BYOB. infact, the only towns where you can get drinks are Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. though restaurants in the other towns will have a small corkage fee, you can bring your own and enjoy at a nice price.

                      2. I suggest stopping by the Katama General Store on Katama Road in Edgartown. They have a huge variety of great food, even groceries. Their fresh baked scones are a must! It is a good place to stop and pick up lunch on the way to South Beach. They have delicious home-cooked meals, too, if you feel like dining in one night.

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                        1. re: justinemsm

                          In Vineyard Haven, stop by 'Among the Flowers' Cafe for fresh and delicious breakfast foods, lunch sandwiches and other treats. I love this place and have been going for years- never been let down!

                            1. re: ameria

                              Among the Flowers is in Edgartown, yes.

                              1. re: mvi

                                oh boy.. sorry everyone. thanks for clearing that up! (i need my vacation sooner rather than later)

                                1. re: mipiace

                                  Yes, get back to MV soon. Among the Flowers awaits. And try the Art Cliff for some seriously good breakfasts and lunches but a very different environment. It is in VH.

                                  1. re: mvi

                                    during the "off-season" artcliff has some pretty great dinners as well. yum.

                                    1. re: ameria

                                      Thanks for the tip on dinner at Art Cliff- I've been for breakfast and had a heavenly spread that I am more than willing to experience again :)

                                      1. re: mipiace

                                        Art Cliff Rocks!!Good honest food cooked well - not foodie at all. Hate talking about it - don't want more of a line than there is but just can"t stop myself from giving the props.

                                        1. re: cheesey

                                          Thanks for al the good advice re MV. We Loved Larsen's and eating lobster off paper plates at sunset. Had incredible elegant meals at Mediterannan and at the Black Berry Inn on the road to Menemsha. Loved the deserted beaches when we could find them hated the traffic in OB, ET and VH but enjoyed walking around the towns when we were able to park. All the good advice in this thread was a great help to us and I thank everyone who contributed.

                                          1. re: gashrink

                                            I might be going to MA, Maine, etc mid October. Don;t know if I'll go to MV or Nantucket - I used to like Nantucket better. Would you mind telling me how much it costs to take the car on the ferry? I thought a guide book said $200 to Nantucket. Instead, I might just go for the day w/out the car.

                                            1. re: walker

                                              $130 in season $80 out of season from Woods Hole plus passangers.
                                              see this for all fares:

                                              1. re: gashrink

                                                Thank you SO MUCH. Last time I was there was a long time ago, I was a child. I'm going to be in Woods Hole a couple of hours. Do you think it's worth the effort, $$ and extra time to go to Hyannis and go to Nantucket instead of MV?