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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Vineyard Dining

Stuffed Phyllo from the Atlantic Fish & ChopHouse in Edgartown

So, I've been in Whacky-Erin-Vacation-Planning 
mode these past couple of days...

As many of you know who have been following my blog for a long time now, there is rarely a detail I leave out while planning for a trip, particularly the food I'll be consuming! You have to believe me, I used to be much worse. When I had gone to Cape Cod and Nantucket in 2010, I actually planned out and made reservations to the places we'd be having LUNCH in, on top of the dinner reservations. Eventually, I too found that to be a bit over the top (who makes reservations for lunch?!), so now I just stick to planning where we'll be dining in for DINNER every night. That isn't too anal... is it?

With all that being said, I thought I'd share with you the three restaurants Jacob and I will be having the pleasure of dining in during our stay. The way I've planned our three-night trip, each day we'll be focusing our attention predominantly on one specific town. To be more precise, our first day will be centered around Oak Bluffs, our second will be Vineyard Haven, and our third (I saved my favorite for last) the beautiful Edgartown. So, in a way, Jacob and I will be getting a little taste of the whole (or most of the) Vineyard, rather than just limiting our palettes to one section.
Hey, I like the sound of that!

Day One
Oak Bluffs

This place is a must because I just know my beer connoisseur boyfriend will love it! From the rows of exposed brew kettles to the peanut shells strewn all over the floor, there's no mistaking that this is a brewery! Martha's Vineyard's one and only, and a great one at that. I can't remember what I ate, but I can tell you what I drank! An Offshore IPA, and it hit the spot.

Day Two
Vineyard Haven

I've never eaten here before, but from the reviews on Trip Advisor (it's rated #2 of the Vineyard Haven restaurants, and received a Certificate of Excellence award this year) and the beautiful view they indisputably own,  I'm willing to take a chance and try it out! Plus, the menu looks so mouth-watering. Check out their website, and see for yourself!

Day Three

There aren't enough good things I can say about this place. It's DELICIOUS! And the view is probably the best of the island restaurants. If you like eating, literally, over the water, this restaurant is for you. For me, location is everything while I'm dining, so when I stepped outside on their beautiful dock, breathed in the salty air and took in the beauty of the water and sailboats docked around us, I was already won over. And then I tried their food. Delectable in every way, and so fresh. The Stuffed Phyllos with goat cheese and sauteed onions in red pepper sauce (pictured above) looks and sounds simple but was undoubtedly my favorite thing I ate during the entire trip. And their Lobster Mac and Cheese, embellished with sweet claw meat on top? Heaven.

All three of these restaurants are sure to be divine. How do I know for sure? Because not only have they made my stomach growl from over here, but I'm pretty sure they've made yours grumble too!

Ah... 12:30.
What's for lunch?


  1. oh erin..what fun!!! this is the first time i have seen a kobe hotdog!

  2. Looks fabulous Erin, I cant wait now til our visit, only 7 weeks on friday!!

  3. sounds fantastic to me! You're going to have such a great time, I love trying out new places to eat! :D (even my daughter thinks the best thing for dinner is 'to go to a restaurant' lol!)

  4. Make room for me! You've convinced me that this is the time to return!:-)

  5. Oh yummy! Now my tummy is growling. The lobster mac and cheese....the stuffed phyllo....and the view! Perfection! You will have such fun! Can't wait to hear all about it!

  6. Yummy yummy yummy! They all sound fantastic. You're going to have a blast. I literally can't wait for your vacation!! :)

  7. After just finishing my lunch of several stalks of celery and some wonderful fresh fruit, I am now starving and want to head over to MV right now. I, too, love making the dinner plans before we leave for vacation. Such fun, and you need to make them if you are visiting MV in peak season, as you are.
    Lou is on LI today....he took the Orient Pt ferry at noon and returns at 8 pm. He went to Watagh to pick up a new car. I am so jealous I didn't get to go this time. He promises a pie and some sunflowers on his return. We shall see.

    1. Marcia, Wantagh is actually two towns away from where I live! I have to be honest though- you're not missing much! Mostly strip malls and concrete. The only plus is that we're near the ocean. A far cry from the Hamptons!

  8. I was jealous but doing fine until you mention lobster mac and cheese with claw meat. Now my belly is growling. Time to go eat and I know what ever I have now won't be near a good. ;-)

  9. Those places look amazing!! I may steal a few ideas for you. We are staying in the cape for over a week in August, I haven't planned a single thing. Need to get on that! You are so good about being organized when you go somewhere!

  10. Oh, Erin, I am so excited for you! I really enjoyed reading about your dining choices. They all look so good! If I had to pick just one, solely from the pictures, it would have to be the Atlantic Fish and Chop House. The location alone looks dreamy, let alone, the wonderful selection of seafood!

    By the way, you are not alone in your detailed planning of trips. I do the same thing! After all, the anticipation is the best part!

    Rosinda xoxo

  11. I haven't been to the Vineyard in years but your post has me thinking about going.

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