Ah for any of you who lived in big cities before the Vineyard, don’t you remember the thrill of restauant week? When I lived in Philadelphia, each Spring and Fall, I’d jump at the chance to dine at some of the most amazing restaurants for not an amazing amount of cash.
Now, I look forward to Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week. Celebrating its 5th year, there are almost 30 restaurants participating in these five food-filled days. With five of the six Island towns represented, there’s something for everyone.
Each restaurant is offering something different, so be sure to check out the MVRW website for all the info. It all begins this Sunday, yes Father’s Day, and runs until Thursday, June 20th.
As I had said, there are almost 30 restaurants, and though I love something about everyone that is participating, I have my list of top 5 (since it’s the 5th year) and why. Caution — continuing to read this might make you hungry.
This is number one for me because I have not been there in years and have heard nothing but great things about it. They are offering a 3-course meal for $45 with a couple of different options, and I already know what I’d have.
I’d start with the shaved asparagus salad, move on to the Island Fluke (which I have not had ever) which comes with chilled spring pea and asparagus salad, herb Mermaid Farm yogurt, lemon Dijon vinaigrette, and hope to have room to savor the chocolate Budino with whipped cream, toffee sauce. Doesn’t a scenic drive to Chilmark sound good right about now?
Ben DeForest’s food does not disappoint, and I like the little bar. For Restaurant Week, Red Cat is offering a 3-course meal for $38.00. To me, that sounds like a delicious deal that shouldn’t be missed and I am yet to eat there this year. The menu is TBD, but whatever it is — it will be good. If you want to know more about Red Cat, you can check out, A New Cat in Town – Red Cat Kitchen at Ken ‘N’ Beck.
There is something I love about Lucky Hank’s. I don’t know if it’s the building it’s in, or how cozy it is, or how wonderful owner Doug Smith is — I think it’s a great place. Lucky for you, Lucky Hanks’s is offering two deals – one for lunch, 3-courses for $20 and for dinner, 3-courses for $30. Need I say more? If you haven’t been, now is the time. If there’s a little wait for a table, just relax in the new chairs out on the front patio, and do a little people watching. And they now serve beer and wine. To find out more about Lucky Hank’s, check out Lucky Hank’s Restaurant, Lucky Us! Martha’s Vineyard’s Newest Year Round Dining Spot In Edgartown Opens Its Doors.
So, this year l’etoile has an awesome deal for restaurant week. There is a prix fixe menu for $42 with a serious amount of options.
For $42, you can have an assiette of hand-crafted cheeses with Pear, grapes, quince Paste, and tangerine honey to start, flash-seared Norwegian salmon on horseradish whipped potatoes, roasted Tomato, caper & basil coulis for dinner, followed by warm flourless chocolate cakelette topped with peanut butter-caramel mousse for dessert.
Are you as hungry as I am? There are lots of other options but this is my menu selection. Start of with a cocktail on the porch first and then move onto food, and you’ve got a perfect night out.
Yet another restaurant I have never been to! I have to mention the Rigger because they have the best take-out deal of Restaurant Week. Running all day all five days, you can get a lobster roll (sautéed in butter or traditional) with a cup of homemade chowder and a drink for $17.95. Seriously, a lobster roll and a cup of chowder and a drink for under $20? It is true. If you prefer to dine in, they’re offering a 4-Course Local Clambake for $42.
There are my top 5 picks for the 5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Restuarant Week. There are a number of other fantastic restaurants participating as well so be sure to check out the website and Facebook page. Speaking of social media, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest and YouTube.
On a side note, I am so glad that Taste of the Vineyard will have already happened since there will most likely be an increase in food consumption during Restaurant Week, and a big thanks to the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce for making Restaurant Week possible.