New Restaurants and Old Stand-Bys on Martha’s Vineyard
I have let the busy-ness of life and work get in the way of posting to my blog. I MUST get out of that habit and get into a good habit of posting regularly.
When Ed and I were in Martha’s Vineyard prepping the house for the summer season, we tried some restaurants we had never tried before. Some were new restaurants and some were new to us but have been around for a while.
I also went to one very mediocre bar/tavern type restaurant in Oak Bluffs while I was on the island by myself and before Ed arrived. But I don’t want to mention the ones by name that aren’t worth mentioning. I will only name the ones we enjoyed.
Jimmy Seas, Oak Bluffs
We were in the mood for Italian but we had heard very mixed reviews on this restaurant. One of our friends absolutely loves this place while another thinks it is just “ok”. Our neighbor also thinks it’s just “ok”. But we really enjoyed it although the restaurant is very small. They serve extremely large portions (much like Carmine’s in NYC), like family style. For the two of us, we only ordered salads, 1 appetizer and 1 entrée and we still had a lot of food to bring home. You MUST like garlic because they use a ton of it on all their food. We ordered the roasted garlic appetizer, which was great. It’s big cloves of garlic in olive oil. Yummy! And we found the prices to be reasonable.
The Atlantic Fish & Chop House
While I was still by myself and eating out by myself before Ed’s arrival, I ate at the bar at Alchemy Bistro. The bar and wait staff told me that they had just gone to the opening of the Atlantic, the night before, and they were raving about it. So Ed and I decided to try it and we LOVED it. There’s a lot to love about this place. First, there is the spectacular view. The restaurant is right on the docks at the end of Main Street in downtown Edgartown. The food was excellent. If you like Lobster Mac and Cheese, you will love theirs. The steaks were great. The lobster was great. We also enjoyed the pub atmosphere. It’s an upscale pub atmosphere. We ended up going here twice within one week, we liked it so much. It’s not inexpensive, but it wasn’t more than any other place that’s considered fine dining.
The Wharf Pub
This place is a place I discovered in May 2008, when I was by myself. Ed could come to MV last year to help me prep the house due to a new job. So while I was exploring “new” places by myself, I came across the Wharf Pub, which I had seen a hundred times but had never gone in there. I was so pleasantly surprised by their food. It is a very casual place but the food is quite good. I have never been disappointed when I have gone. They have very good seafood dishes and even good pasta dishes. I found this restaurant to be reasonable priced and it’s a fun place to watch a baseball game. I took Ed here in October 2008 and we went here again this past May twice, once with friends.
This is also a place I discovered in May 2008, when my dear friend Joyce came up to MV to help me prep the house because Ed could not come that year. She and I tried this restaurant and really enjoyed it. I took Ed here in October 2008 and he also enjoyed it. I went here by myself before Ed arrived on the island and it was as good as ever. I had a wonderful seafood pasta dish and this restaurant is always busy, even when others are not. It’s worth going here. It’s not what I would call inexpensive but it is in line with pricing for fine dining. Their desserts are great too and they give you healthy portions. I had to take home half of my dessert, which was a yummy chocolate and cream cake.
This was a restaurant I hadn’t been back to since my best friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner in 1998. We have passed it a million times since then and just hadn’t stopped back in there, for no particular reason. I went there by myself (again) this year and had the absolute best fish and chips. They were great. And their spicy fries were also wonderful. The locals at the bar were quite entertaining. This restaurant is nicer than just a pub menu and the food was enjoyable. I also found it priced reasonably. It is located right in downtown Edgartown.
This is a very casual place in Oak Bluffs. In fact, if I remember correctly, they serve you with plastic forks and knives. The lobster was good but this restaurant is strictly for the location. There is no better view of the water than at the Lookout Tavern. It is facing the water, right near the Oak Bluffs ferry. It’s the perfect place for a beer and a quick bite right before you board the ferry. On a sunny day, there is nothing better than that view. I am told the sushi is very good here and I have heard that now on several occasions. I am just afraid to try sushi at a pub but I am told it’s great. I’ll stick with the lobster. The prices are reasonable here.
We went here with a group of friends and enjoyed our meal. I think I enjoyed this restaurant more than Ed did, but I liked their menu. They had quite a choice between tapas, appetizers, entrees and light meals. The desserts were good too, and large in size. The pricing was in line with the pricing of fine dining.
John’s Fish Market/Sandy’s Fish and Chips
Ok, so this is not exactly a restaurant but they make the BEST lobster roll sandwiches on the island, in our opinion. We have now tried several lobster roll elsewhere and we always come back to John’s. Unfortunately they close at the end of September so we won’t be able to go there when we head back to the island in October. Their seafood is awesome too. We often will buy lobsters to grill from them. They crack it for us and all we have to do is throw it on the grill. Delicious! They are located on State Road in Vineyard Haven.
Offshore Ale Co.
Located in Oak Bluffs, we first found this place a few years ago. It’s pub food but good pub food. How many pubs have you been to that have Truffle Parmesan Fries? They are delicious. Overall, we really like this place. You have a good choice of homemade brewed beers and the prices are reasonable. We go here every time we visit the island. This place is one of the favorites of my friend Joyce.
This is a very small restaurant located at the Katama Air Field. You can watch planes come and go if they happened to be scheduled while you are there. There are also small planes just there at the airport for all to see. This restaurant is known for its great breakfast and we really enjoyed it. It’s very busy and chances are, you will have a wait. The prices are reasonable and we enjoy going here.
I will try to go back and think about other restaurants we enjoyed during other visits and post them. We will be visiting the island in October, to close down the house, and we definitely want to try other restaurants we have not yet tried. And we will have to continue our quest to find other delicious lobster roll sandwiches since John’s will be closed when we go back later this year.