What does everyone love? Free stuff, and here’s the scoop on where to get some really great free nibbles and have an amazing time.
During these grey months, Rockfish knows how to entice people to come out. On Thursday and Friday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the staff serve free passed apps in the first floor bar (yes only the first floor).
Rockfish offered this last year as well, but I was skeptical. Free apps are usually not the best apps, but that is not the case here.
My friend Cameron and I sat right at the corner of the bar where Kevin was serving up some great cocktails, a dirty martini for me since it was a girl’s night out. Cameron opted for one of my favs, the Bubbly Pear Martini, made with gin, St. Germaine and a splash of bubbly.
Being at the corner, we were able to say hi to friends as they came into the restaurant, which was fun, and we had a direct view of our new friend Ben who was serving up the apps.
When the food came out, I was super impressed. There was not one but maybe 6 or 7 different bites that came out at different times. We’re not talking about some frozen egg rolls, but apps from the Rockfish menu, and some where a part of dinner entrees.
If you have not had the their Buffalo Fried Cauliflower roquefort fondue, you are missing out. These poppable fried morsels will satisfy even those that poo-poo eating veggies. Two thumbs up.
The sliders on crispy crostini were so delicious, I think I had at least three.
How about little beet parmesan risotto bites? Well, I don’t like beets but a lot of people do. I was more excited about the truffle mac & cheese, yes to seconds please! Chef Craig Decker definitely offered up some great little dishes for us all.
There was even dessert, little brownie bites. I did not have any, because I was full. However, guest, Linley Dolby enjoyed one or two. As an expecting mom, a sweet treat is always welcome. A big congrats to her and her husband Dave! See all the fun things you discover at “appy hour” in Edgartown!
By 7:00 p.m. it was such a fun scene, upstairs and downstairs. The drinks were flowing, good music playing, and so many people that I knew were out. I felt like it was the Island’s Cheers. Perhaps the long weekend had induced some sort of good vibe in Edgartown or maybe that’s how it is every Friday. I don’t know but I loved it.
I think soon I will need to go back and have dinner because the menu has a number of things that caught my eye. I will need to have the Buffalo Cauliflower again soon, and the Littlenecks with house rolled fettuccine is probably delicious. I can’t tell you last time I had a good linguini with clam sauce which was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.
Rockfish is staying open for the season. You can stop by for dinner Wednesday thru Saturday, starting at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, doors open at noon. The app special is Thursday and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Whatever night you visit Rockfish, I think you’ll have a great time. With the food we sampled and the great atmosphere, it was a little slice of heaven in January on Martha’s Vineyard.
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