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What to Eat on Martha's Vineyard: 14 Foods for a Summer Weekend

July 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

It's only appropriate for July, the month host to Independence Day, that we reflect on the things that matter most to us as Americans. Specifically we're referring to freedom, and even more specifically, the freedom to fly to an island and fill up on seafood.

If you find yourself chillin' on Martha's Vineyard this summer and wondering what's to eat (especially when it comes to midnight donut cravings), we've got a few suggestions:

Hot buttered lobster roll & stuffed Quahogs

What may be the lowest priced lobster roll on Martha's Vineyard ($12.50) is also our personal favorite — at Larsen's Fish Market in Menemsha.

Lobster eggs benedict

Yes, it's a decadent breakfast, but you're already on Martha's Vineyard so who's to judge? — at both the Water House Restaurant at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown and the Art Cliff Diner in Vineyard Haven.

Chocolate onion rings

Chocolate and onion, who knew? Four large rings are more than enough as a sweet snack for the brave of tastebuds. — The Quarterdeck, Edgartown


Drink at the bar, enjoy unlimited strips of crispy bacon as a bar snack. It's a no-brainer. · The Atlantic, Edgartown

Lobster salad roll

A perfect lobster salad roll should have to be eaten with a knife and fork before picking it up can even be attempted— Among the Flowers, Edgartown

Deep-fried corn dog

The servers weren't kidding when they warned us this corn dog would be "different." It's not the prettiest lunch, but it is incredibly delicious. — The Quarterdeck, Edgartown

Lobster fritters

Skip the hush puppies and spend a few dollars more ($7 for 3) on the lobster fritters. — The Quarterdeck, Edgartown

Fresh baked apple fritter

$5 and a late-night craving for something sweet is all you need. From 7:30pm to 1am, the back door of the MV Gourmet Bakery opens up to serve fresh and hot apple fritters (the size of your head) for $4 each, cake donuts for $1 each, and plenty other goodies. — Back Door Donuts, Oak Bluffs

Offshore Ale

There's one brewing company on Martha's Vineyard, and this is it. Their Oak Bluffs restaurant offers brewery tours and tastings, but you can always pick up varieties like the Hop Goddess, East Chop Lighthouse, or Menemsha Creek Pale Ale in bottles and on tap around the island. — Offshore Ale Brewing Company in Oak Bluffs and the Town Provision Company in Edgartown.

Cherrystone and Littleneck clams

The going price for these local clams is $1 each. Need any further convincing? Didn't think so. — The Net Result, Vineyard Haven. (throw in another hot buttered lobster roll while you're at it)

Martha's Vineyard chocolate bars

Perhaps most ideal as gift item, these locally produced bars are pricey ($7-ish), but preppy-pretty and ready to return home with you as an edible souvenir. As for flavors the Oak Bar, for example, is "smooth dark chocolate topped with caramelized pistachios and a pinch of sea salt." — Juliska, Vineyard Haven.

Good (Intelligentsia) coffee

There may be any number of places to find good coffee on Martha's Vineyard, but this teensy-weensy nook pours the great stuff, Intelligentsia from Chicago. — Behind the Bookstore Cafe, Edgartown

The "Party Donut"

MOAR SPRINKLES. — Black Dog Bakery, several locations but this one is from the Vineyard Haven harbor store.

Doggy donuts (and pretzels)

[not for humans] Speaking of donuts, it's no fair your furry friend has to miss out on the scrumptiousness. At Black Dog Bakery, there's a separate counter just serving dog treats. — Black Dog Bakery, several locations but these are from the Vineyard Haven harbor store.

Happy Fourth of July!

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]

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