Michael Rock’s ‘Regular Guy’ Dining Guide to Martha’s Vineyard
I'm a guy who doesn't like to get too fancy when it comes to eating. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy great food, and I'm willing to pay good money to eat it. But I'm not a person who likes super fancy, weird food. That poses a problem for a guy like me when I travel to places like Martha's Vineyard.
Martha's Vineyard is stereotypically known as being a summertime playground for the rich and famous. Every summer, the Rock and Fox Show broadcasts live from the Nobnocket Boutique Inn to kick off Memorial Day weekend. This means that I've had to hunt down and find "normal guy" food for years.
Here are my Top Five Martha's Vineyard restaurants for the "regular guy."
1. The Newes from America.
The Newes in Edgartown is every bit about the atmosphere as it is about the food. This colonial pub is located in the same building as the Kelley House. It feels a lot like you're walking into 1775 when you enter the building. In addition to the understated decor, the food is also simple, yet delicious. The Newes is not one of those snobby, high-end gastropubs—and that's probably why I like it so much.
2. Giordano's Restaurant
Giordano's has been a family-owned Oak Bluffs restaurant for 100 years. In my opinion, this is THE go-to place on the Vineyard for Italian food. This is a restaurant geared towards families. It is relatively affordable (taking into account that this is the Vineyard). The Italian food they serve is your good old fashioned chicken parm, pasta and meatballs and pizza type of fare. The walk-up Giordano's Clam Bar is an added bonus.
3. Copper Wok
Again, a surprisingly affordable option (all things considered). The pork fried rice, beef and broccoli and chicken fingers are absolutely delicious, as are the drinks. Located on the hustle and bustle of Main Street in Vineyard Haven, the Copper Wok really is terrific Chinese food. I've even stumbled upon an all-you-can-eat buffet, but it doesn't seem to be a regular event. Oh! And order the crab rangoons!
4. Lookout Tavern
When you arrive at the Lookout Tavern, you'll only need to look at the crowd to know that you're in for a treat. The Lookout overlooks the water and the ferry terminal in Oak Bluffs. For my money, it's ALL ABOUT THE CUBAN SANDWICH. This will be the best sandwich you eat on the Vineyard. End of story. Also, the shoestring fries (I believe must be ordered separately, but WOW are they worth it) are the best on the island. I'm not a sushi guy (shocker), but if someone in your party enjoys sushi, their sushi bar is well known. The Lookout is a little on the pricey side, but they serve great food with a million dollar view—so they can get away with it. The Lookout Tavern is a can't-miss.
5. Fat Ronnie's
If you are looking for a burger on island, my pick is Fat Ronnie's, a stone's throw away from Giordano's on Circuit Street in Oak Bluffs. Their burgers are big. Their burgers are greasy. Their fries are solid. You won't leave hungry. If you stop there for lunch, you might not eat for the rest of the day.