We can all agree that there are a number of restaurants and takeout spots on Martha’s Vineyard. With that, sometimes it’s fun to create your own little “foodie”outing.
Starting at one place for apps, diner at another, and perhaps even a little dessert elsewhere, even al fresco.
One way I like to kick off an evening or end a day of beach and fun is with a little local superfood, oysters. These bivalves are so fresh and so tasty. Sometimes hanging out in the surrounding waters just hours before you meet them.
It’s no surprise that there are a couple restaurants that recognize the joy a couple of oysters and a cocktail can bring to a person, whether a local, a summer vacationer or a day tripper.
Beach Road, located in the Tisbury Market Place in Vineyard Haven, focuses on “New England now” cuisine. Super fresh, super local, chef Randy Rucker and his team have created a menu that really highlights local seafood in really creative ways.
Come for the $1.00 Katama Bay oysters, served daily from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy sitting at that gorgeous bar, take in the view of the lagoon, and maybe stay for something like the Spicy Conch Bolognese.
Beach Road is open nightly from 5:00 p.m. to close
Past all the ice cream stores and shops further down Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs, you’ll find The Sweet Life Cafe.
Offering inside or outdoor dining, The Sweet Life Cafe is indeed a sweet little spot in Oak Bluffs. It’s no secret that I love the outside bar, and like to getaway to this special little space.
It’s even better now that you can get Jeremy Larsen Scheffer’s Spearpoint Oysters (from Katama Bay) for $1.00 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These oysters have a nice balance of saltiness and sweetness which a lot of people like in an oyster, and is sort of a signature of some of the oysters from Katama Bay. Also, you can get them with an amazing buttermilk minot – yum!
The Sweet Life Cafe is open nightly, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Also located in Oak Bluffs, but outside of town, off Seaview Avenue (the road by State Beach), Lola’s offers something a little different for their “buck a shuck.” Here, you can get oysters, clams, and/or shrimp daily for $1.00 a piece from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have friends who don’t like oysters, this is a good alternative.
Also something a little different about this shellfish event is that there is a large outdoor space to enjoy. You can play a little corn hole or just enjoy the beautiful evening.
Come for the oysters, stay for the music. Lola’s opens at 4:00 p.m. for “buck a shuck” happy hour, the kitchen opens for dinner at 5:00 p.m. and there is music nightly.
If you fall in love with Martha’s Vineyard oysters like I have, perhaps you’d like to learn more about them. One of our Point B Realty Vineyard Bucket List must-do’s is the Oyster Farm tour which Cottage City Oysters in Oak Bluffs offers.
You can book tours by contacting them through their Cottage City Oysters website or for Summer 2017, they are an active part of the Farm Field Sea Food Adventure series running through September. Reserve early. Their tours have become a big hit and sell out quickly.