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A foodie’s guide to Martha’s Vineyard

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Quick foodie guide to Martha’s Vineyard

A destination for hundreds of thousands of tourists, Martha’s Vineyard is an oasis for food travels in search of a good and locally-sourced meal. From the smallest cafes to the largest of dining rooms, there’s always something to eat on Martha’s Vineyard!

Dockside, Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard has five towns, all of which have amazing food. Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, Chilmark and Aquinnah are the towns you’ll discover, and each one has its foodie treasure.

Where to eat in... Edgartown

Known for its stand on being a world whaling center in the 1600s, Edgartown is now known more for its fine dining restaurants and preppy young adults bouncing from yacht party to private dinners.

Water St. Restaurant: Chef Shaun Sells and Sous Chef Nathan Gould from the Harbor View Hotel are two young chefs on the island cooking some of the most creative meals. Their garden aids in providing them with fresh herbs, bok choy, and other salad greens, and they make their own charcuterie, hot sauces, and heart breads. Be sure to ask the bartender about their specialty drinks!

Morning Glory Farm: Stop by the farm stand and pile on some of the best vegetables, whole grains, and dressings from their salad bar. Gorgeously local and tender greens, beans, and herbs will make your salad scream of flavor.

Where to eat in... Oak Bluffs

It’s the party town on the island, where most of the clubs and music venues are located. Home to the island’s local brewery, it’s a great people-watching town!

Hooked: The second restaurant for Chef Christian Thorton (owner of Atria in Edgartown as well), Hooked is the place to be for your next date night. Order any of the tacos on their menu, bursting with flavor and showcasing local seafood. Lawn games, DJs, and a creative menu make Hooked a must-not-miss spot.

Where to eat in... Vineyard Haven

The port of entry for most summer tourists as well as locals coming back home, Vineyard Haven is the town where the ferry comes in and the first town most foodies step off. To date, it’s still a town that only serves wine and beer.

La Choza Burritos: A grab-and-go kind of place, La Choza's burritos are stuffed with goodness. Everything from your choice of beef, chicken, chorizo or beans and topped with as many herbs, salsas and vegetables possible, it’s a wholesome solution if you need a quick and flavorful lunch!

Where to eat in... Chilmark and Aquinnah

Both up-island towns, it’s worth a ride up there just for the gorgeous views and scenic routes, hiking trails, and farms. Also, the towns to hit up if you’re in search of that spectacular sunset. Plus, the peace and quiet in these towns is surreal, even during high-season.

7a Foods: "7a’s objective is to give everyone access to good food and to show our island friends that they don’t have to go far to get it," and we couldn't say it better ourselves! A farm to take-out establishment, their sandwiches are packed with flavor and freshness, as are their baked goods.

Orange Peel Bakery: Here you'll find some of the best breads on the island, with a weekly pizza potluck where guests bring the toppings, and they provide the pizza dough. Baked in their stone wood-fired oven, it's a total Vineyard experience!

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