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Where to Eat and Drink in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard

Where to Eat and Drink in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard

I recently took a day trip to Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, which I chronicled in a previous blog post, but I left out the most important part of any trip: the food! Check out some of these spots in Oak Bluffs with excellent meals, drinks, and sweets.


Savor It

Giordano’s Restaurant

If you’re in the mood for some good ol’ greasy pizza, this is your spot. On my trip, it was too hot to even think about pizza, but otherwise, I would have been all over this spot.


Nancy’s Restaurant

If you’re able to dodge the anxious tourists, this spot is pretty great. You can either sit inside, where you will be served by a member of the waitstaff, or you can sit outside and order at the counter. Getting a table outside is more cutthroat than Chopped. You might have to be ruthless. If you’re from Boston, this comes naturally to you, but if you’re a tourist, you may need to get used to throwing elbows; look at it as a cultural experience.

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Lookout Tavern

Apparently the tourists go to Nancy’s and the regulars go to Lookout. Though this place lacks the deck seating that Nancy’s has, its menu is similar. Lookout is a lot smaller than Nancy’s too, so it’s worth checking out if you don’t mind a short wait for a table. For the 6 people in my party, it wasn’t worth waiting, especially since we wanted to fit in a dessert stop before catching the last ferry.

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Sand Bar & Grille

I grabbed a quick drink and lunch at Sand Bar & Grille on my trip to Oak Bluffs. My sandwich was good, but apparently the thing to order at this place is sushi. I love sushi, but wasn’t craving it at that moment, so I ordered a sandwich, which was solid.

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Out for Drinks

Offshore Ale Co.

WORDS This place is no-frills, where you can order lots of beer and toss your peanut shells on the floor The Blueberry beer was my favorite, which surprised me, as I’m usually not a huge fan of fruit-flavored beer.

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I won’t lie, I didn’t come to Beetlebung for one of the hip cocktails they boast. Instead, I came in for a much-needed afternoon pick-me-up in the form of cold brew coffee. The vibe of this spot is chill and apparently they have amazing drunken noodles. Honestly, nothing sounds better to me than going back there, getting drunk on their Phuket Punch and devouring those drunken noodles.


Something Sweet

Mad Martha’s

Since I worked at an ice cream place for about 6 years, I have pretty high standards. Mad Martha’s offers rich homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors, from your basic Chocolate Chip or Vanilla to their decadent Lotsa Dough and Sinful Chocolate.


Carousel Ice Cream

Like Mad Martha’s, Carousel makes its own ice cream, but has an even broader menu. As a word of warning, the sizes here are pretty big. Even my kid size was massive!

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Kid-sized Birthday Cake with chocolate sprinkles.


Back Door Donuts

I didn’t go to Back Door Donuts. The plan was to stop by and grab some of the famous desserts on our way to our homeward ferry. The gimmick is that this donut stand opens behind the main bakery at 7PM, offering fresh, hot donuts. When we showed up, the line was out of control. Immediately, we said “screw this” and walked around to the front of the bakery. There was no line and they offered a vast amount of dessert options, except donuts. The donuts at Back Door Donuts looked alright, but not worth the half hour in line. In Boston, I have my choice of Blackbird Donuts and Union Square Donuts, so I had no regrets holding back on this gimmicky dessert and instead going to the main bakery, which was just as tasty.

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Only half of the line for Back Door Donuts, around 7:15 PM.


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Apparently they serve hot donuts (reminiscent of Back Door Donuts) in the morning too.




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