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One Day on MVI in mid-June - lunch in OB, Edgartown or Vineyard Haven?

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Hi - I've been researching related board replies, but still feel that I need some help, so thanks in advance. I will be taking the ferry over from Hyannis on the weekend of June 11-12 to get a quick glimpse of MVI - my first visit, but hope to come back for a proper stay at another time. I will not have a car so will be relying on the public shuttle transport and so cannot stray too far off the beaten path. Ideally, I would like to have a nice lunch (or early dinner), someplace atmospheric (waterview?). $$ is not an issue. I will be by myself, fyi, although I do not mind dining alone in virtually any setting. I'll be headed back on the ferry that evening as my lodgings are in Hyannis. Thank you so much!!
Linda in NC

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  1. Doesn't the ferry to MV go from Falmouth or Woods Hole, not Hyannis? Even if it does, you should consider going from Falmouth/WH because it is much closer to MV, so it's only, like, a 45 minute trip.

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    1. re: ciclista

      Right you are, and I misspoke. I was thinking of my day trip to Nantucket when I made reference to the Hyannis Ferry. Thank you, and I look forward to any lunch suggestions you have for MV!

    2. Check out the bus schedule: http://www.vineyardtransit.com/pages/...

      If your ferry docks at Vineyard Haven, I would rec. the Art Cliff diner...never had a bad meal there. If you dock at OB, you have a lot more lunch choices. Head up to Circuit Ave and you will find plenty of restaurants. Slice of Life seems popular...depends on what you're looking for. The harborside restaurants, Nancy's and so on, are also easy walking distance. Nancy's has good fried seafood (and onion rings!) but def. not cheap. We paid over 65 bucks for a clam plate, onion rings, 1/2 pint each of clams and shrimp, a beer and a wine.

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

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      1. re: Altaira

        Indeed, there IS a ferry from Hyannis and it goes to Oak Bluffs. Slice of Life Cafe and Park Corner Bistro (if open for lunch in summers) would be my faves. Most other lunch places are so-so. Better options for dinner. I don't go to Nancy's on principle (expansionist owner who built the "garage mahal" is not worthy of my patronage)

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        Park Corner Bistro
        20 H Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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

        1. re: thos

          I just reviewed Slice of Life. LOVE it...

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

          1. re: phelana

            Thanks to all for your good suggestions re my quick day on MVI, including the extra words of advice on transport options, which are certainly helpful to a first time visitor with limited time. I will report back!

            1. re: lsluva

              It is really easy to take island transport between the three down island towns, so you could actually eat in Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs or Edgartown. I love Artcliff for breakfast. They are very crowded on weekends, so I would be prepared to wait even for a seat at the bar. I think that you need to decide if you want to sit down and eat lunch or get fried seafood from one of the "clam shacks" and eat it on a beach, etc. Giordanos Clam Bar in OB right across from Flying Horses is an institution. Whole Clams (with the bellies) would be the thing to get IMHO. Nancy's is good as well, they have picnic tables to sit at in the take out area which sits on the harbor.

              I personally wouldn't bother with lunch at Slice of Life, its good but not special if you're only having one meal on the island. Deon's on Circut Ave. in OB does excellent Seafood with a West Indian twist.

              What kind of food are you looking for?

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

              1. re: niajoy

                I love fresh seafood and pastas more than anything, favoring simple but sophisticated preparations. You raise a good point about grabbing something on the fly when my time is limited. One thing I'm definitely on the lookout for, either on MVI or Nantucket, is a great lobster roll.

                Thank you for the recommendations!

                1. re: lsluva

                  Lobster rolls are everywhere on the island. It depends on what you mean by a great one. I'm a purist and only like a lobster meat with a bit of mayo on a buttered, toasted hot dog bun (top split). In Oak Bluffs, the lookout tavern by the ferry, Giordano's Clam Bar and any of the places along the dock ie. Nancy's, Coop d'Ville, etc. will have lobster rolls. On Friday evenings Grace Church in Vineyard Haven is an institution.

                  OB and Edgartown have more sightseeing so you might want to take the bus out to Edgartown when you first get there (it is super simple & easy, a short ride) and then make your way eating and sightseeing back. The Hy-Line goes into OB, so I would head to Edgartown have breakfast at Espresso Love, sightsee and head back. If you space lunch in two segments while sightseeing you could walk around the cottages while eating a 1/2 pint of whole belly clams and then sit for your lobster roll or bigger lunch. Just a suggestion. Also if you like fudge get a slice or two at Murdicks in OB.

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                  Espresso Love
                  17 Church St, Edgartown, MA 02539

                  1. re: lsluva

                    Just one more thought. A bunch of friends are having a lobster roll debate on another website. A good number of them swear by Offshore Ale for lobster rolls. Apparently it comes with Truffle Fries and is huge.

                    1. re: niajoy

                      I'll be headed there! Thanks again to everyone for suggestions. I'm flying to Boston in the morning!