The Oak Bluffs harbor restaurant scene just got a little more colorful. Fishbones Bar & Grille is now open. Under new ownership from Michael Sanotoro, Fishbones is like a little slice of island paradise on the harbor.
Some things are similar to the Fishbones you knew. The set-up, the awning, the name, but there’s lots that is different.
Great new tables and chairs, including bar stools, a little splash of color, and of course the menu.
When you read island, I bet you thought here, but in actuality, I mean some tropical island in the Caribbean.
The food menu, which has a lot to choose from, has a strong Caribbean influence. From conch fritters, to Jamaican jerk wings, to blackened Mahi with pineapple mango salsa and coconut rice, if you want a taste of island life, this is a must for you.
Of course there are classics too, like fish and chips, fresh tacos, and a great selection of salads, in addition to Caribbean cuisine.
I heard that the curly fries, Fishbones’ signature house fries, which are seasoned and come with ranch dressing, are amazing.
However, I was in the mood for something a little lighter. Since I wanted about 13 different things, I needed to ask a professional.
Tatiana, one of my favorite bartenders on Martha’s Vineyard, was behind the bar mixing up her favorite cocktail, frozen mojitos. She was quick to help me narrow down my list and make a choice.
She too likes a number of things on the menu, but one of her go-to items, the Crabmeat Roll, sold me. Fresh lump crabmeat on a buttered croissant mixed with cilantro, onions, peppers, and lime juice, topped with avocado.
I loved all the crabmeat and avocado. They did not skimp! I couldn’t even eat the bun because I wanted to eat all the good stuff.
It was light and refreshing, and made to order, because I got it with no onions which I liked. Nice and fresh.
Since it’s Summer, the harbor really is a fun scene. For some reason, Fishbones is like a little hideaway.
You can get a break from the sun, look out onto the harbor — because the view is rarely hidden by big boats — and sit back and let the day pass by while you lazily have a cocktail and a bite to eat.
I learned about a new drink too which is Summer must – Harpoon UFO Big Squeeze Shandy (beer with grapefruit) and a shot of Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka.
Light, refreshing and perfect for hot days. Thanks to Gillian who was sitting at the bar for the tip.
That’s another thing about being on the harbor and at Fishbones, you’re bound to run into a friend or two which adds the flavor of the afternoon.
I should also mention that there is outside seating too at Fishbones, in case you need a little more vitamin D. I also think that space would be nice to take over if there’s a big group of people. Your own little private patio.
Fishbones is now open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with food being served until 10:30 p.m. Also, to add to the Caribbean feel, Rick Bausman of the Beetlebung Steel Band, plays on Mondays and Wednesdays.
I can imagine how nice it would be listening to him, enjoying the breeze from the water with a Pina Colda in hand, munching on curry coconut steamed mussels. Sounds like the perfect “island” time.
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