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Our favorite dining

Well, you're here in New England after all, so there's that, and so yes, there is seafood o-plenty available here on Martha's Vineyard and we would be happy to recommend the best place to get whatever your seafood-craving heart desires. You want to sit on the beach and eat a lobster dinner with an ear of corn, a cup of clam chowder, and a stuffed quahog while enjoying a million-dollar sunset? Any local will tell you to go to Menemsha for that. You want The World's Best lobster roll served by god-fearing christians in a church function hall available Friday evenings only from 4:30-7:00? That would be Grace Church Parish, Vineyard Haven. How about the most sublime plate of fish and chips you've ever had? That would be available everywhere (trick question!), though one of our favorites spots for fish and chips is Offshore Ale/Oak Bluffs.

On the other hand, you want a Fried Green Tomato BLT like you've never had in your life? Go to the Slice of Life Cafe/Oak Bluffs. You want to sit at a breakfast counter with local fishermen (and a few people who likely haven't been to bed yet) at 5:30 in the morning and eat food cooked right in front of you on a searing hot griddle by an enormous man named Tiny? Go to the Dock Street Diner/Edgartown. How about an always outstanding breakfast/lunch/dinner with a water view? That would be the Black Dog Tavern on Beach Street Extension, Vineyard Haven. Or maybe you you want a to-go bag of fried clams like everyone one who's ever been here has told you to be on the lookout for. There's only one place for that: Giordano's, Oak Bluffs.

For your edification and enjoyment, below are a few of our favorite things, with an emphasis on Oak Bluffs:

Breakfast: Linda Jeans/Oak Bluffs. Biscuits/Oak Bluffs. Slice of Life/Oak Bluffs. Right Fork Diner/Katama (Edgartown). Artcliff Diner/Vineyard Haven. Black Dog Tavern/Vineyard Haven.

Fancier: Atria/Edgartown. Alchemy/Edgartown. Sweet Life Cafe/Oak Bluffs. The Atlantic/Edgartown.
  
Fanciest: l'etoile/Edgartown.

Amazing lunch: Farm Neck Cafe/Oak Bluffs. Black Dog Tavern/Vineyard Haven. Offshore Ale/Oak Bluffs. Slice of Life Cafe/Oak Bluffs.
 
Cocktails: Alchemy/Edgartown. Atria/Edgartown. Harborview Hotel/Edgartown.
 
Water view: Nancy's/Oak Bluffs. Lookout Tavern/Oak Bluffs. Fishbones/Oak Bluffs. Harborview Hotel/Edgartown

Seafood: Trick question!

Fried seafood in Oak Bluffs: Giordano's. Nancy's.
 
Coffee/baked goods: Espresso Love/Edgartown. Behind the Bookstore/Edgartown. Cafe Gourmet Bakery/aka Back Door Donuts/Oak Bluffs. Black Dog Cafe/State Rd, Vineyard Haven.

Dancing: The Ritz/Oak Bluffs.

Ben Deforest: Red Cat Kitchen/Oak Bluffs. The Cardboard Box/Oak Bluffs. He's famous. Always excellent.

Doug Abdelanour: Nancy's/Oak Bluffs. 20 x 9/Oak Bluffs. Also famous. Also always excellent.

Up-Island/West Tisbury/Chilmark/Aquinnah: 7a/West Tisbury. Chilmark Tavern/Chilmark. Outermost Inn/Aquinnah. Cliffhangers/Gay Head Cliffs.

Family Italian: Girodano's.

Bourbon bar: 20 x 9/Oak Bluffs

Sentimental favorite: Slice of Life Cafe/Oak Bluffs

Ice cream: Ben and Bill's/Oak Bluffs

Golf Course vibe: Farm Neck Cafe/Oak Bluffs.