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Best of the Vineyard 2020: Food and Drink

Everything you need to know about food and drink on Martha’s Vineyard according to you.

Best Bakery: 
Back Door Donuts

5 Post Office Square, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3688, 
backdoordonuts.com

Runner-up: 
Scottish Bakehouse

977 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6633, 
scottishbakehousemv.com

Here’s the thing about Back Door Donuts: it’s there for you when you wake up, always available to help you celebrate a birthday or anniversary, and still open when you want something sweet like an after-dinner apple fritter. Whether you go for the fresh-baked bread or a flourless chocolate cake, nobody has ever left Scottish Bakehouse hungry.

Best Bar/Pub: 
Offshore Ale Co.

30 Kennebec Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626, 
offshoreale.com

Runner-up: 
Lookout Tavern

8 Seaview Avenue Extension, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9844, 
lookoutmv.com

At Offshore Ale, patrons come for the often-changing selection of cold craft beer, from golden ales to stouts to IPAs. They stay for the equally delicious brewpub food. If you like a good view, there’s the other Oak Bluffs staple, the Lookout Tavern, where mixed drinks, beer, and wine are readily available.

Best Breakfast: 
ArtCliff Diner

38 Beach Road, 
Vineyard Haven, 508-693-1224, 
artcliffdiner.com

Runner-up: 
Linda Jean’s Restaurant

25 Circuit Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-4093, 
lindajeansrestaurantmv.com

Heaping portions of perfectly poached eggs, fresh fishcakes, poblano hash, salmon bagels, and almond-crusted French toast are some of the many reasons ArtCliff wins Best Breakfast year after year. Linda Jean’s will have you looking no further for a filling three-egg omelet.

Best Breakfast Sandwich: 
7a Foods

1045 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-4636, 7afoods.com

Runner-up: 
Scottish Bakehouse


977 State Road, 
Vineyard Haven, 
508-693-6633, 
scottishbakehousemv.com

A 7a Foods breakfast sandwich is the perfect start to any day. Choose between the cheddar-jalapeño or regular biscuit, then add your choice of fresh veggies and meat topped with a perfectly fried egg. At Scottish Bakehouse, you can’t go wrong with adding “the works” to your egg 
sandwich.

Elizabeth Cecil

Best Burger: 
Atria

137 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5850, atriamv.com

Runner-up: 
Fat Ronnie’s Burger Bar

7 Circuit Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-6600, 
fatronniesburgerbar.com

Try not to look at the exquisite, inventive burger menu at Atria unless you’re sitting down, and definitely not while you’re operating heavy machinery. A favorite? The Thai shrimp burger. And if you find yourself hungry at 12 a.m., you can’t 
beat Fat Ronnie’s.

Best Caterer: 
Buckley’s Gourmet Catering

508-693-3318, 
buckleyscatering.com

Runner-up: 
V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering & Party Design

508-560-4364,
vhamlincatering.com

Buckley’s Gourmet Catering knows variety is the spice of a good party. Start your event with craft cocktails and passed apps, and follow it up with a Caribbean beach buffet. Or a Mexican fiesta. Or an Italian-themed dinner. At every event V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons caters, the food is delicious and no details are overlooked.

Best Chowder: 
Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Co.

9 Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-696-3000, mvchowder.com

Runner-up: 
Larsen’s Fish Market

56 Basin Road, Chilmark, 
508-645-2680, 
larsensfishmarket.com

Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Co. lives up to its name with what’s arguably the perfect bowl of New England chowder: big on flavor, filled with fresh clams, and even gluten-free. It wins over new fans every year. Larsen’s serves up a tried-and-true recipe on the wharves of Menemsha.

Best Clambake: 
Bill Smith’s Martha’s Vineyard Clambake Co.

508-627-8809, mvclambake.com

Runner-up: 
Larsen’s Fish Market

56 Basin Road, Chilmark, 
508-645-2680, 
larsensfishmarket.com

Bill Smith’s Martha’s Vineyard Clambake Co. specializes in Island culinary traditions, perfect for a six-person beach trip, backyard party, or full-service catered wedding reception. And you can’t go wrong with Larsen’s, a leading name in locally caught seafood.

Elizabeth Cecil

Best Cocktails: 
Alchemy

71 Main Street, 
Edgartown, 
508-627-9999, 
alchemyedgartown.com

Runner-up: 
Beach Road

Tisbury Marketplace, 
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-8582, 
beachroadmv.com

Alchemy may be located right in the middle of the action in downtown Edgartown, but it’s the hand-crafted, fruit-forward cocktails that will capture your attention. Think muddled cherries and tequila or pomegranate, ginger, grapefruit, and lemon with vodka. Beach Road excels at innovative flavor combinations.

Best Coffee: 
Mocha Mott’s

10 Circuit Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-696-1922
15 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3155, mochamotts.com

Runner-up: 
Espresso Love

17 Church Street, 
Edgartown, 508-627-9211, 
espressolove.com

Mocha Mott’s isn’t just a coffee shop; it’s a way of life. And the army of almost-every-day-of-the-year regulars at the no-frills Island establishment won’t let you forget it. Espresso Love 
is a reliable spot for a hot or iced coffee and tasty baked good.

Best Family Dining: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184, 
giosmv.com

Runner-up: 
Nomans

15 Island Inn Road, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-338-2474, 
nomansmv.com

Family is the heart of Giordano’s Restaurant, an Island favorite that has perfected the art of Italian hospitality since 1930. Bring on the cheese pizza, ravioli, eggplant parm, and manicotti. Nomans has a winning new concept: a spot where mom and dad can relax with fish tacos and a beer while Junior and his sister run around the lawn.

Best Farm Market 
or Stand: 
Morning Glory Farm

290 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, 
508-627-9003, 
morninggloryfarm.com

Runner-up: 
Ghost Island Farm

27 Davis Look Road, 
West Tisbury, 
508-693-5161, 
ghostislandfarm.square.site

The best way to experience Morning Glory Farm is to work there for a summer as a guitar-toting, Kerouac-reading youth. A close second is to stock up on the freshest of fruits and veggies at the always-packed down-Island farm stand. Ghost Island’s founder Rusty Gordon is an Island farming icon.

Best Fine Dining: L’étoile

22 North Water Street, 
Edgartown, 
508-627-5187, 
letoile.net

Runner-up: 
The Outermost Inn

81 Lighthouse Road, 
Aquinnah, 508-645-3511, 
outermostinn.com

For more than thirty years, energetic chef Michael Brisson has been satisfying Island gourmands with his French-inspired menu at L’étoile. Don’t miss the lobster étuvée or the foie gras. The Outermost Inn offers 
a hyperlocal menu with a 
stunning Aquinnah backdrop.

Best Fish & Chips: 
The Newes from America

23 Kelley Street, Edgartown, 508-627-4397, 
thenewesfromamerica.com

Runner-up: 
The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071, mvseafood.com

The Newes dates back to colonial times, and like the restaurant, the generous crispy fish and chips are an Island classic. The hand-cut fries at The Net Result will be hard not to finish before you get the chance to share.

Elizabeth Cecil

Best Fish Market: 
The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071, mvseafood.com

Runner-up: 
Larsen’s Fish Market

56 Basin Road, Chilmark, 
508-645-2680, 
larsensfishmarket.com

The Net Result is best visited daily: there’s always something new and fresh, and the staff are happy to advise on how to prepare it. For fifty years, Larsen’s has been a Menemsha mainstay and a family 
endeavor.

Best French Fries: 
Atria

137 Main Street, Edgartown, 508-627-5850, atriamv.com

Runner-up: 
Offshore Ale Co.

30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626, offshoreale.com

At Atria, no meal (especially the award-winning burgers) is complete without a helping of crisp truffle fries with creamy Béarnaise on the side. The hand-cut fries at Offshore Ale Co. make for a perfect salty prologue. 

Best Fried Clams: Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184, giosmv.com

Runner-up: The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071, mvseafood.com

At Giordano’s, droves of people may line up for the pizza, but those in the know stay for the fried clams. The bellies and strips are perfectly breaded and fried to perfection. At The Net Result, it’s whole belly clams only, and they don’t disappoint.

Best Grocery Store: Cronig’s Market

357 State Road, 
Vineyard Haven, 508-693-4457
469 State Road, 
West Tisbury, 508-693-2234, 
cronigsmarket.com

Runner-up: 
Reliable Market

36 Circuit Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-1102, 
thereliablemarket.com

In winter and summer, good times and bad, Cronig’s can be counted on for healthy staples. The friendly, hard-working staff keeps the Island fed. Family-run Reliable Market is loved for its excellent meat selection.

Elizabeth Cecil

Best Ice Cream Shop: Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

20A Circuit Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-696-0008, 
benandbillsmv.com

Runner-up: 
Mad Martha’s

48 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-5883
12 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-9151
7 North Water Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8761

The vibe at Ben & Bill’s Circuit Avenue outpost is delightfully old school, the ice cream anything but. Check out interesting flavors such as mud pie, maple walnut, and ginger. Wherever you are down-Island when a craving strikes, there’s pretty much always a Mad Martha’s within walking distance.

Best Island-Made Candy/Chocolate: Murdick’s Fudge

21 North Water Street, Edgartown
5 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Corner of Union and Main Streets, Vineyard Haven, 888-553-8343, murdicks.com

Runner-up: 
Ben & Bill’s 
Chocolate Emporium

20A Circuit Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-696-0008, 
benandbillsmv.com

Murdick’s recipes date back to the 1800s, and every fudge they spread on their signature marble slabs to cool is tried and true, whether you’re into chocolate, Cape Cod cranberry, or peanut butter. At Ben & Bill’s, pick up some peanut brittle to enjoy after your ice cream melts.

Best Lobster Roll: 
Grace Episcopal Church

Corner of Woodlawn Avenue 
and William Street, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-0332, 
graceepiscopalmv.org (Fridays, 
4 to 7 p.m. through September)

Runner-up: 
Lookout Tavern

8 Seaview Avenue Extension, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9844, 
lookoutmv.com

The lobster roll is almost a sacrament in New England, so it’s appropriate that on Martha’s Vineyard it’s most enjoyed from a church. Plus, revenue from the Grace Church lobster rolls goes to a bevy of good causes. At Lookout Tavern, buttered rolls are loaded with claw and knuckle meat.

Best Lunch: 
7a Foods

1045 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-4636, 7afoods.com

Runner-up: 
Little House Cafe

339 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-687-9794, 
littlehousemv.com

Whether it’s the classic Liz Lemon sandwich or the tuna melt with banana peppers and bacon, lunch at 7a is good enough to be the day’s main event. And don’t skip the compost cookie for dessert. Little House is a charming and homey Vineyard Haven treasure.

Best New Restaurant: MV Salads

55 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-338-7754, 
mvsalads.com

Runner-up: 
Nomans

15 Island Inn Road, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-338-2474, 
nomansmv.com

The heart logo gives it away – MV Salads makes everything with love. A combination of fresh ideas, local ingredients, creative dressings, and satisfying service made a strong impression in its first season and earned it the title of Best New Restaurant. Runner-up Nomans knows a thing (or fifty) about putting a creative spin on classic, crave-worthy food.

Best Outdoor Dining: The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant

27 Aquinnah Circle, 
Aquinnah, 508-645-3867, 
theaquinnahshop.com

Runner-up: 
The Seafood Shanty

31 Dock Street, Edgartown, 508-627-8622, 
theseafoodshanty.com

If you want to feel like you’re on the edge of the world – in a good way – settle in for a meal at The Aquinnah Shop’s clifftop porch. The meals come out hot and fresh; the views go on and on. Visit The Seafood Shanty’s rooftop deck any time, but especially at sunset when Edgartown Harbor reflects the sky’s colors.

Father and son team Brion McGroarty Jr. (left) and Brion McGroarty Sr. (right) run MV Wine & Spirits.
Elizabeth Cecil

Best Package Store: 
MV Wine & Spirits

17A Airport Road, 
Edgartown, 508-627-7557, 
mvwinestore.com

Runner-up: 
Our Market

1 East Chop Drive, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3000, ourmarketmv.com

Whether you’re looking for a $12 bottle of white wine to go with takeout or a nice bottle of whiskey to thank an essential worker, the enthusiastic staff at MV Wine & Spirits always steers you in the right direction. Our Market’s huge selection of wine, beer, and liquor is also available for delivery.

Best Picnic Food: 
7a Foods

1045 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-4636, 7afoods.com

Runner-up: 
Black Sheep

17 Airport Road, Edgartown, 508-338-7770, 
blacksheeponmv.com

The hardest part about a 7a picnic is waiting until you get to the beach to eat the turkey BLT wrap or spring-beet sandwich filled with locally sourced veggies. Black Sheep has sandwiches, crackers, cheeses, and a changing selection of prepared foods.

Best Pizza: 
Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184, giosmv.com

Runner-up: 
Rocco’s Pizzeria

Tisbury Marketplace, 
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-1125, 
marthasvineyardpizza.com
Whether you’re grabbing a slice to eat outside or sitting down for a family meal, Giordano’s pizzas, with their family recipe tomato sauce, are always huge, cheesy, hot, and fast. Rocco’s margherita pizza is a fan favorite.

Best Sandwich: 
7a Foods

1045 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-4636, 7afoods.com

Runner-up: 
Life at Humphreys

Woodland Center, 
455 State Road, Vineyard Haven, 
508-693-6518, 
lifeathumphreys.com

By now, 7a’s Liz Lemon sandwich (house-made pastrami, turkey, Swiss, coleslaw, Russian dressing, and potato chips on rye) is more locally famous than the TV character it’s named for, and for good reason. At Life at Humphreys, bread is made daily in-house.

Best Seafood Restaurant: The Seafood Shanty

31 Dock Street, 
Edgartown, 508-627-8622, 
theseafoodshanty.com

Runner-up: 
19 Raw Oyster Bar

19 Church Street, 
Edgartown, 774-224-0550, 
19rawoysterbar.com

The Seafood Shanty, an old-school Edgartown hotspot, sells seafood by the seashore – or at least picturesque Edgartown Harbor. 19 Raw is a hip newcomer with intimate outdoor patio seating.

Best Sushi: 
Lookout Tavern

8 Seaview Avenue Extension, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-696-9844, 
lookoutmv.com

Runner-up: 
The Net Result

Tisbury Marketplace, 
79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6071, mvseafood.com

Lookout Tavern’s sushi menu is long – for good reason. It’s hard to limit your selection. Indecisive and hungry types love the special Islander plate, a generous combo offering. The Net Result rolls sushi fresh and fast, perfect for eating on the go.

Best Takeout: 
Giordano’s Restaurant

18 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, 508-693-0184, giosmv.com

Runner-up: 
7a Foods

1045 State Road, West Tisbury, 508-693-4636, 7afoods.com

For those with no desire to cook on vacation, that’s no problem. Giordano’s offers hearty Italian fare with a New England flair. A wrapped-up sandwich from 7a pairs perfectly with a good book from the West Tisbury library across the street.

Best Vegetarian Meal: Little House Cafe

339 State Road, 
Vineyard Haven, 508-687-9794, 
littlehousemv.com

Runner-up: 
Scottish Bakehouse

977 State Road, 
Vineyard Haven, 508-693-6633, 
scottishbakehousemv.com

Little House Cafe is full of fresh and green menu options, from the maple-roasted butternut squash salad with goat cheese to the yummy peanut-y sesame noodle salad. Scottish Bakehouse makes being vegan or vegetarian no problem.

Best Wings: 
Coop de Ville

Dockside Marketplace, 
12 Circuit Avenue Extension, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3420, 
coopdevillemv.com

Runner-up: 
Offshore Ale Co.

30 Kennebec Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626, 
offshoreale.com

For a small space, Coop de Ville sure packs in a lot of wings. The menu features fifteen exciting flavor combinations, all best enjoyed at a harborfront table. Offshore offers classic Buffalo wings, teriyaki, or chipotle bacon ranch.

Best Year-Round Restaurant: 
Offshore Ale Co.

30 Kennebec Avenue, 
Oak Bluffs, 508-693-2626, 
offshoreale.com

Runner-up: 
Rockfish

11 North Water Street, 
Edgartown, 508-627-9967, 
rockfishedgartown.com

When it gets dark at 4:30, Islanders flock to Offshore like it’s the promised land, thankful for the kind servers and warm fireplace. Rockfish is the place to be on Thursday and Friday nights in the off-season. You never know when you’ll get to sample free passed apps.