HOME > Chowhound > Southern New England >

Discussion

Martha's Vineyard - Summer 2011

Memorial Day is coming up. Martha's Vineyard 2011, here we come!

What are the must-eats this summer? Art Cliff Diner for brunch, Larsen's and The Bite for sunsets, Net Result for lunch, Offshore Ale for beer.

What are the new classics? Open to any type of food - brunch, lunch, dinner, ice cream, beer, etc. Preferably something more reasonably priced. Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Well krystle, "reasonably priced" keeps getting harder to come by on MVI. I had avoided Detente for that reason since it opened a number of years ago, but after trying it last winter I feel it might be the best place on island. Beach Plum is still great, of course. If you are a value shopper Lattanzi's Pizza (a lot more than pizza) has to be on your list. MV Flatbread Company opened late last summer out in the old Hot Tin Roof and we felt it was worth a return trip. The Grill on Main does not have the best food on the Vineyard, but they might be the best value. Of course, cheaper places like Sharky's Cantina and Smoke and Bones (I have vegetarian friends who say their grilled veggie plate is excellent) are still around.

    Don't know of any other new places opening, though I understand David Ryan's is either closed or closing. Oddly, Art Cliff was pretty greasy my last visit- hope it was just a fluke- and I haven't been to Offshore in years, feeling they had lost their way. Now I understand that the amazing pastry chef (Hewsen?) is doing their desserts and I would go back just for her.

    Enjoy- and report back if you find something good.

    -----
    Flatbread Company
    110 Albany Tpke Ste 913, Canton, CT 06019

    David Ryans Restaurant and Cafe
    11 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539

    Sharky's Cantina
    266 Upper Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539

    Lattanzis Restaurant
    PO Box 407, Edgartown, MA 02539

    The Beach Plum
    50 Beach Plum Lane, Menemsha, MA 02552

    5 Replies
    1. re: thos

      David Ryan's is alive and well, they were saved from bankruptcy at the last minute.
      Little House cafe in Vineyard Haven is a good new lunch spot.
      And there is a new food truck coming to VH, serving jerk chicken. I believe its called Irie Bites.

      -----
      David Ryans Restaurant and Cafe
      11 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539

      1. re: HungryNative

        We had dinner at Sharky's in E'Town Friday. Fun spot, ok Margaritas. Food for me was so so..more of a bar kind of spot. Others loved their food. Offshore Ale for dinner last night. Pretty solid food, great brew selection, fun spot. Seafood Shanty for outdoor upstairs deck, food and drinks. FUNNN..we loved Among the Flowers for brunch. Amazing seared tuna and mango salsa sandwich..everyone LOVED their egg items.

        -----
        Seafood Shanty
        PO Box 3450, Edgartown, MA 02539

        1. re: phelana

          Good ? news about David Ryan's. They gotta get back on a good steak again though. Yeah, Sharky's IS more of a bar, but it's cheap too. Seafood Shanty for us is all about the setting. Don't think much of the food. Among the Flowers has always been quaint and a favorite of ours. Wonder if Lola's has improved.

          -----
          Sharky's
          596 Corn Neck Rd, Block Island, RI 02807

          Among the Flowers Cafe
          Mayhew Ln, Edgartown, MA 02539

          David Ryans Restaurant and Cafe
          11 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539

          Seafood Shanty
          PO Box 3450, Edgartown, MA 02539

      2. re: thos

        How would you compare Flatbread Company with gourmet pizza places in Boston and NYC? I remember American Flatbread being pretty good in Vermont. Not sure if Flatbread Company is good just for tourist town standards or overall. I saw it was a chain.

        -----
        Flatbread Company
        110 Albany Tpke Ste 913, Canton, CT 06019

        1. re: krystle920

          I'm not sure I could compare Flatbread Company to NY places, since the population is so much smaller on MVI. Pizza is not the best here, except for maybe Lattanzi which I think is comparable to Flatbread. Don't expect Pepe's (New Haven) or Umberto (LI) and you'll enjoy it.

          BTW, State Road has very good food, but every season some poster seems to have a problem with service or the owner. Expensive too, even for MVI

          -----
          Flatbread Company
          110 Albany Tpke Ste 913, Canton, CT 06019

          Lattanzis Restaurant
          PO Box 407, Edgartown, MA 02539

          State Road Restaurant
          688 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

      3. What are your thoughts on Biscuits and Sidecar Cafe in Oak Bluffs? Seems to have good reviews. What about Lookout Tavern and Slice of Life?

        Is State Road worth a trip without a car?

        5 Replies
        1. re: krystle920

          I love Biscuits! There is usually quite a line out the door in the summer. This time of the year isn't too bad. They have great sausage gravy and biscuits and their chicken and waffles is out of this world! The chicken is sooo crispy! It is nice to have good southern food on MV. Keep an eye out for a new article on Biscuits on our blog! :) Sidecar is very good as well, they work hard to use local ingredients in a creative way. We haven't gone there yet this year since they opened but we will soon and will be putting a report on the blog. Slice of Life is one of those places that people on the Island believe is consistently good. Tasty, fresh ingredients, the atmosphere is a little loud because it is a tight (or cozy) place. We haven't been to the Lookout in a while, usually when we go we stick to sushi.

          -----
          Slice of Life
          50 Circuit Ave, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

          1. re: HungryNative

            Have you checked out Little House Café yet in Vineyard Haven? They are near down Island Cronig's. I love their Chicken Shawarma! There are photos on our blog too!

            -----
            Little House Café
            339 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

            1. re: HungryNative

              Just ate at Biscuits for the first time. I couldn't get into the ArtCliff. Really enjoyed the food and the selection. The owner really aims to please.

            2. re: krystle920

              Love the Sidecar. It's a favorite for many of us who live on the Vineyard year round or part of the year. Very fresh food, creative menu and relaxed ambiance. Lookout is not known for innovative food but it's okay. If you can sit outdoors, it's particularly nice, though, and the crowd is friendly. I am a big fan of the Slice of Life, which is also relaxed and easy going. There's a porch which is the best place to sit as you can watch the people strolling by and it's very sunny. State Road is an experience. It's very top drawer on every level. Some people love it. I have had two good meals there but it's very expensive and a bit hoity toity at times. I don't wear my diamonds when I eat out on MV.

              -----
              Slice of Life
              50 Circuit Ave, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

              State Road Restaurant
              688 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

              1. re: mvi

                I checked out the Sidecar website and the menu sounded really nice, the kind of place we like to go to. Will definitely check that out. Others that are interesting me are State Road, Sweet Life, Atria and Il Tesoro, all based solely on menus. I don't wear diamonds either though, so I hope State Road isn't too hoity toity! The menus at Detente, Outermost Inn and Lamberts Cove just aren't grabbing me. Can't find a Beach Plum menu anywhere on-line.
                What are your thoughts on the Chilmark Tavern? It seemed similar to Sidecar to me...casual, interesting menu...
                Also, if you have any info on farmers markets, or where to get the best fish, produce, etc, that would be really helpful as I am planning on cooking a fair amount as well.
                Thanks so much!

            3. We are going to MV in two weeks and will be there for almost 2 weeks. Looking for great food. I've done some research but would love some input! Where is the best food?

              State Road sounds really great. Outermost Inn, Beach Plum and Lamberts Cove all seem to be highly regarded. How about Detente and Lure and Atria?

              Has anyone eaten at Il Tesoro at the Charlotte Inn?

              I realize all these places are on the expensive side...I am familiar with the more casual places...and am really looking for advice on the best food so we can make a few dinner reservations.

              Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

              6 Replies
              1. re: sibeats

                Detente is great and Atria has some really interesting and tasty burgers in their downstairs bar.

                1. re: HungryNative

                  I can't seem to find Atria's bar menu online. Do you know how much items are on the bar menu?

                2. re: sibeats

                  Ah, its the annual where to eat on the Vineyard thread. The past threads should be archived somewhere. A quick recap of my past posts (high end $$$ only)

                  Detente- Small room in Edgartown. Upscale. Maybe the best food on the Island. You go for the food and not the ambience.

                  Outermost- probably the most romantic restaurant. Book a table early-6:30 so you get to watch the sunset. There are deer that come out most everynight. There's an osprey nest with a telescope trained on it. The food has been better the last few years. Don't miss it.

                  Beach Plum- Another great room, walls of glass overlooking Menemsha Harbor. Also Spectacular for sunsets. The food slipped a little the last couple of years but it is still worth it.

                  Il Tesoro- The restaurant in the Charlotte Inn, replacing the old L'Etoile. An elegant very comfortable space. High end Italian. Maybe not worth the price.

                  State Road-serviceable higher end food. Not a romantic or interesting location.

                  Lambert's Cove. Another scenic spot-this time in the woods. Hit or miss food.

                  Avoid at all costs the Black Dog Tavern for anything except breakfast. They have been a tourist rip off for the last 10 years. (I remember when it used to be funky and good- along time ago)

                  Chilmark Tavern-see State Road. The same type of place. If they are there again this year. I don't know. State Road probably wins by a nose.

                  Remember that Chilmark is a dry town and you have to bring your own.

                  cheers

                  -----
                  Black Dog
                  11 Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539

                  The Beach Plum
                  50 Beach Plum Lane, Menemsha, MA 02552

                  State Road Restaurant
                  688 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

                  1. re: chrism23

                    Thanks so much for your detailed response! I did look at some past threads but figured things may have changed.

                    We are definitely looking for the best food, don't care so much about romance or ambiance or interesting locations.

                    I can't seem to find a menu for the Beach Plum. Any idea where to find one on-line?

                    I thought the menu at State Road was probably my first choice...but you think the others are better? Or just a nicer atmosphere?

                    How about Atria and Sweet Life? The menus at both sounded good to me.

                    Thanks for the heads up on the Black Dog, definitely not planning on going near that one!

                    1. re: sibeats

                      Oh, My bad. I forgot about Sweet Life. Its excellent. The trick there is to make sure the night you reserve you can eat outside. Inside is tight and stuffy. Outside is sort of magical, a lot of space with christmas lights strung through the hedges. Very nice. Atria has never been a foody place. Its ok. The best food is really Detente from a purely foody perspective. But, and I am a hard core foody and in the distant past a published food and wine writer. There are considerations that warrant looking past the food. And that is what happens at the Outmost. You'll find yourself playing some ring toss game with James Taylor's brother Hugh, sitting next to Henry Louis Gates or someone, it is truly a once in a life time experience. I wish the food was consistently great, its not, but there is a lot of other things going on. The food on the Vineyard is not exceptional. It is very pricey. Not one restaurant there would survive in Manhattan for more than a month. You have to factor in intangibles. Ambience, sunsets, comfort etc. If you are a true foody you are going to be disappointed. On the low end and I haven't gone there, go to the Bite in Menemsha, order some fried stuff, clams especially, and walk down to the beach and have a picnic. Or do the same with take out from Larsen's. But do go to the Outermost and watch the deer coming through the back yard at Sunset. Magical

                      -----
                      Sweet Life Cafe
                      63 Circuit Ave, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

                    2. re: chrism23

                      Detente has renovated their upstairs into a very nice space. They now have twice as much room.

                  2. A few random comments: The Scottish Bakehouse is not a new place by any means, but it's worth seeking out. It is a fun, relaxed place on State Road, about a mile and a half away from downtown VH. It's good for take out or a picnic, as they have benches outdoors. Excellent pastries.

                    Lambert's Cove Inn has a new chef as of about a month ago. I have not been there in about a year so I hesitate to comment but it is a lovely setting.

                    Leslie Hewson, the amazing pastry chef, is at Off Shore Ale these days, so if you go there, save room for dessert.

                    I am a fan of Saltwater Restaurant in Vineyard Haven. Lovely setting and several delicious meals last year made it a favorite but they close for the winter and I do not know if changes have been made for this year.

                    We like the huge breakfasts out at the Airport. Among the Flowers is just terrific and very family friendly. The sandwiches at Humphrey's are a must, the lobster rolls at Grace Church (Fridays from 4:30-7:30) are a bargain and a treat, and my family and I adore the Asian food at the farmers market in West Tisbury. Look for the long line....it moves quickly and is so worth it.

                    -----
                    Scottish Bakehouse
                    977 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

                    Among the Flowers Cafe
                    Mayhew Ln, Edgartown, MA 02539

                    Lambert's Cove Inn & Restaurant
                    90 Manaquayak Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575

                    State Road Restaurant
                    688 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: mvi

                      The Scottish Bakehouse has the most amazing danish pastries...very pricey, but a total tastegasm. Go for the mixed berry...and go early: they sell out. The amaretti are terrific also, but find out when they were baked. Not so good when they aren't fresh.

                      -----
                      Scottish Bakehouse
                      977 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

                    2. Well, we started eating in May...

                      Saltwater: http://www.saltwaterrestaurant.com/Sa...
                      Crab cakes with fennel salad - delightful
                      Oysters - incompetently shucked - broken shells, sloppy, sigh
                      Scallops with cauliflower puree and balsamic vinegar glaze - WOW, this dish won the night.
                      Mediterranean cod - well cooked, but completely boring
                      Seared tuna - blandly Asian in flavor
                      Pretzel cookie with with salted icecream and bruleed banana - other than the salted ice cream, whose saltiness overwhelmed the dish, the banana and cookie were delightful.

                      Larson's for crabcakes, lobster bisque, clam chowder, stuffed scallop and fish cake - all good as usual. Ran into a Gang of Moped Tourists - all 15 of them. Yikes.

                      Art Cliff Diner:
                      We ate here with a group of 7 last weekend and everyone was impressed. The duck confit crepe and Bullseye (cod cake with poached eggs and arugula) were the most highly praised.

                      By the way, we finally stopped in to Offshore Ale for two brews - can't say I was particularly impressed by their IPAs.

                      Regarding State Road - it's probably the only top tier restaurant I actually like on the Vineyard. I don't find it particularly tony at all. We regularly dress down when dining there. Also, it's one of of the only places left on Island that is BYOB.

                      I've also eaten at Lambert's Cove and Beach Plum - I infinitely preferred the former.

                      3 Replies
                      1. re: gini

                        gini, is Saltwater new? What did it replace? Thanks!

                        Don't forget Art Cliff Diner... go at an off time or be prepared for a long wait. We've only been there in the off season, and loved it!

                        1. re: wookiedoodle

                          Saltwater opened last year - it's in Vineyard Haven.

                        2. re: gini

                          Nice info. Thanks, gini. I like Saltwater a lot and need to go to State Road again- soon!

                          -----
                          State Road Restaurant
                          688 State Rd, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568