Hello, friends! I've just returned from a long holiday weekend on Martha's Vineyard. We had some rain, but mostly lovely sunshine with cool temperatures. I'll take that any day!
My husband and I have been going to Martha's Vineyard nearly every year since our honeymoon (19 years ago tomorrow!). And there are definitely some eateries we absolutely love and must visit with each trip. We give it our best at trying at least one new spot with each trip, but as this visit was so short, we chose to enjoy our favorites and forgo new. I know I've blogged about these restaurants before, but they deserve another shout-out, so here goes...
My absolute favorite eatery on the Vineyard is State Road Restaurant. After this trip, I can tell you with all honesty, every meal (breakfast, lunch dinner) is amazing. This time around we had breakfast there, and it was amazing. I asked for a special scramble of eggs-cheese-spinach and they agreed to it. Add to that a side of applewood bacon and THE most amazing duck confit breakfast hash and you've got yourself a really special breakfast! I'd never had duck confit hash, but I'm glad I gave it a go. It was delicious.
Another of our favorite eateries is Chesca's. We've been enjoying Chesca's for years and it has always stayed true to form. Hubby enjoyed their chowder while I devoured the grilled romaine wedge salad. Our dinner choices were the lobster ravioli topped with scallops for him, and braised beef short ribs with whipped potatoes and broccoli-rabe for me. Dessert was a créme caramel custard which I basically ate by myself.
Our favorite lunch spot is Espresso Love. They make delicious salads and sandwiches, and serve a perfect espresso. But the thing I love most is their house made veggie burger. Being grain-free meant I couldn't enjoy it myself, but my son (the "rather picky" vegetarian) was able to try it for the first time and he LOVED it! Lucky for us, the recipe is included in their cookbook, which we also purchased, so now we'll be making a grain-free version at home! (Sorry I've no photos from our meal, but stay tuned for a post on the homemade veggie burger.)
Side note: On this visit we happened to stop by to watch the fresh catches that came in that day at the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. Probably the most "New England Moment" I've ever had on the Vineyard. Listening to all the people talk about their catch from the day, watching the fish pile up for cleaning, the smell of the salty-fishy air... it was so fun! I love Martha's Vineyard and feel so lucky that I get to enjoy it year after year. If you've not been, add it to your travel list! If you have been, let me know the name of your favorite places to dine.