Martha’s Vineyard’s Missing Restaurant

What restaurant do you think is missing from Martha’s Vineyard?

There is no shortage of great restaurants on Martha’s Vineyard. All summer long, we’ve got award-winning chefs creating delicious, often locally sourced, cuisine. And even in the winter, there are an increasing number of yummy places to dine that stay open for the duration.

It is also safe to say that there are a good number of foodies here on Martha’s Vineyard – both summer and year-round folks alike. Islanders dig good food. We grow it, cook it, talk about it, read about it and yet, among all of these amazing restaurants, there are a certain few that, any true foodie would say, are missing.

For example, we don’t have anything other than two Thai restaurants and one Chinese restaurant that qualify as “ethnic” and as an educated bunch of eaters, that drives many of us to go great lengths to satisfy cravings for such things as yaki udon or palak paneer.

If you could add just one restaurant to the Island’s directory of eateries, what would it be? Indian? Ethiopian? Vietnamese? Greek? Tell us in the comments. Who knows, some aspiring restaurateur will take your advice.

Martha Magee August 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
DEON'S !!!
Mathea Morais (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Martha, I am in total agreement with you on that one!
Shelley Christiansen August 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
yes, what Martha said! Also, a dedicated vegetarian/vegan place. I'm not an extremist, but as a former head concierge, I know there's a big demand. Quite a few chefs here will "work with" special diets -- and very well -- but still ....
Michael West August 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I agree with Shelley. We need a restaurant that can deliver a vegetarian, vegan, and raw vegan menu, with several choices of each. Vegetarians do not eat meat or fish, vegans do not eat fish, meat or dairy and raw vegans like their food uncooked to preserve the enzymes that are destroyed above 115 degrees. How about a restaurant that offers all three kinds of food and lets Vineyarders who don't already know learn what it's all about.
Martha Magee August 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
It would also be my dream to have a completely vegetarian/vegan restaurant with a kickass organic juice bar year round. A really great uplifting place serving both cooked and raw. You know, CALIFORNIA! ;-)).
barbara harnen August 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
you said we have a chinese restaurant on the vineyard, but i disagree i would love to have some realyl good chinese food over here!! barbara
Will Hunter August 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM
We just lost one last winter in OB.
Amelia Smith August 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I'd love to see a really good Chinese restaurant here, or Korean, or Indian, or Turkish... I could go on. The one that I most hear that people want is an Indian restaurant, though, and that it's too bad that the people who own David's Island House don't turn it into an Indian restaurant (they're from India). Years ago, the Black Dog used to have ethnic nights in the winter. They didn't do a great job of reproducing the various cuisines, but still, it was nice. I think there's room for restaurants to do that kind of thing, too -- a tourist-appropriate New England menu with one or two nights a week dedicated to doing something else (preferably the same thing every week so that they could get good at it).
Cheryl Burns August 31, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I'd like to see an Indian restaurant. Regarding vegetarian/vegan cuisine, i'd like to see good, healthy veggie options offered at all restaurants, not just a cold salad or some veggies thrown on top of white pasta or tasteless commercial frozen veggie burgers on a white bun. Vegetarianism is a conscious choice for health and/or humanitarian reasons. It would be nice to get the same quality of food in a restaurant that I get at home.
steve auerbach August 31, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Indian would be my choice. I understand that we're on an Island so fish seems to be the main concentration of many MV restaurants, but really, it's not too difficult to cook fish oneself. Ethnic restaurants have that exotic allure that comes from using spices and sauces that are largely unfamiliar to our palates. So Turkish, Lebanese, Vietnamese, etc., etc. would all be welcomed, for sure. (We still sorely miss Zapotec, by the way.)
Carolyn O'Daly August 31, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I would like to see an affordable year round Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy, just good Italian pasta and veal etc. The affordable part is a necessity...local families could take their kids and not spend $20 for a plate of spaghetti.
Martha Magee August 31, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Well, all I can say is, thank God for the Thai place! I always appreciate the steady presence of Bangkok Thai - those big bowls of steaming noodle soup w tofu and veggies when I'm feeling chilled, and their Pad Kee Mao is killer!
Martha Magee August 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
There are different factors at play here. Summer is a short season. Summer is all about fish focused fare that people come here for and pizza and ice cream cones. And then there's the rest of the year. The other 9 months!! The year round community and those of us who long for not only a broader palate of tastes, but to have the basic stuff in place year round - like great Chinese, great affordable Italian, and maybe a beautiful enlightened Vegetarian place (with an organic juice bar;-)) . I love the idea of Indian too. In a year round community of more than 15,000 people it seems to me there ought to be more offerings so it doesn't feel like a depressed wasteland in the winter. Pot lucks are fine, but come on! It's not just about summer anymore. Hey- now THERE'S a slogan!
Page Rogers August 31, 2012 at 05:30 PM
For me it's all about better PIZZA. IMO there is no great pizza (thin crust, brick oven fired) pizza.
Gregory Antonetti August 31, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Portuguese. Seems like a no brainer!
David Cartier August 31, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Indian cuisine and a Chinese restaurant that uses fresh ingredients and pay attention to quality standards.
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Not so sure that would turn a profit. It amazes me how much talk there is about health food and yet it just doesn't ever make it past the try it, buy it again stage. Fat, Salt, and Carbs are the American diet in the shadows of the limelight.
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:17 PM
A group of Chinese tourists asked me one day if I liked Chinese food. I mentioned that I only usually order the sweet and sour chicken or shrimp. Then I mentioned that I don't really feel I have ever been exposed to authentic Chinese food. Just the Americanized versions. I wondered what they went away with of that conversation.
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Order from Gino's East of Chicago and you will never be let down. https://www.facebook.com/GinosEast/app_356111574451492
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Next best thing to Gino's East ---------> Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah. I have only been 1 time but it has the same ambiance as Gino's East to me. No walls to cover with Graffiti, ( I covered our servers with graffiti a lot) but it has the added effect that you can bring your own toppings to share. Mussels, peanut butter, deep fried clams, Cheetos, Smartfood, Cotton Candy, Ginger root, you figure it out.
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Have you noticed in the Thai restaurant that the highest picture on the wall is of the Thai President and his wife? What American restaurant features that? Wrist bands? Ask to learn a little Thai while you are there: Sour D-cup, or Chop Deee. Interesting language to learn.
Martha Magee August 31, 2012 at 09:38 PM
It's the King of Siam. Thailand has been a monarchy since 1238.
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Picture a small kitchen establishment that serves out its tiny door on some building that houses nothing else availably zoned: A menu of Kale soupa with either linguica or chirico. Sweet bread, and scallops fried to order.
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
"The King and Diversity restaurant." featuring Authentic Thia and Asian quisine. Magandang Gabi, Paalam!
Mathea Morais (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I really hope there's some restaurant owner out there reading this!
Bloodyrue Andrue August 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I bet its hard to get deep fried crickets, ants, mangrove worms and balut allowed on your menu via the boars of health.


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