The Winter months on Martha’s Vineyard are a very interesting time. It’s a time when the Island is quiet and emits a different kind of beauty. It’s a time when people reconnect and friendships are deepened.
Don’t get me wrong, many of us crave the warmth, the sun and longer days, but there are lots of ways we stay busy. Lucky for us, a number of Island restaurants create enticing specials to draw us in.
A big trend this Winter is $1 oyster nights. Being surrounded by water, Martha’s Vineyard has some of the best oysters, and they are fantastic this time of year!
Beach Road restaurant in Vineyard Haven has $1 oysters nightly (when open) from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the bar. When I was there last, they were beautiful Honeysuckle Oysters from Katama. This is YEAR ROUND! During Summer months, there is usually a line waiting at 4:50 p.m., but off-season, it’s pretty easy to get a seat.
The oysters are always local and the sauces make the difference –housemade of course! You certainly don’t feel like you’re part of a Frugal Foodie moment, but you are. Add one of their cocktails and you’re set for a great way to begin your evening. You can stay for dinner at the bar or grab a table. (Beach Road is closed for the month February).
Starting early in the winter, the Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company in Oak Bluffs has been offering $1 local oysters, usually from Katama. Oyster nights are Tuesday thru Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a shell-sational happy hour! Added bonus, this lasts into the spring, so think oysters outside on the porch soaking up some sun!
Same thing here, start at the bar if you like and stay for dinner. There are often other dining specials during the winter months like $5 burgers, or buy one entree, get the second one for a dollar. It’s definitely worth asking your bartender or server.
Friday Wings & Oysters has been a winter tradition for years at the Offshore Ale Company in Oak Bluffs. This Friday event, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., features .50¢ wings and $1 oysters. Like Beach Road in the summer, this afternoon delight has a big following. Getting there early is key.
For this oyster special, it’s like a big party at the restaurant. It’s something to experience. The only bummer is that it only runs for a little over a month. It ends this year on Friday, February 7th.
In addition to the restaurants listed above who offer Island or Cape oysters at $1, you can sometimes get lucky at Menemsha Market or Net Result and find them for that price. Keep an eye out when you drive by, usually on their signs or you can follow their social media pages. However, you will be required to shuck them and provide your own accouterments.
We do so love our oysters and you will often find us writing about them or sharing photos! Whether at one of these fabulous Frugal Foodie shellfish finds or shucking your own, Martha’s Vineyard oysters are some of the best around!
Did you know that we are even having an Oyster Festival this spring? Yes, the very first Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Festival is happening this May. Stay tuned for more about that! As you can imagine, we are pretty excited.
Oh and you can even go on an oyster tour with Cottage City Oysters. We took the tour with the Martino brothers in one of our Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List adventures.
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