Good Taste: Lambert’s Cove Inn does tapas, Chesca’s opens

Good Taste: Lambert’s Cove Inn does tapas, Chesca’s opens

This article was last updated at 4:01 pm on Thursday, April 7.

Momentum is building and something new is happening every week here on the Vineyard. Lambert’s Cove Restaurant had a soft opening on Thursday, April 7, introducing Thursday Night Tapas.

Tapas, by definition, refer to a variety of appetizers, snacks, and small plates in Spanish cuisine. Now all can enjoy the relaxed Spanish approach to dining at the quaint inn and restaurant in West Tisbury. And what better time of year to try something new, when “relaxed” is still a part of the normal vocabulary?

Thursday night’s menu is the first of the season by new executive chef, Max Eagan, a 2002 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Mr. Eagan, 27, was the sous chef for six years before taking on this new role. He is keeping the specifics of the menu under wraps until the big day, but owner Scott Jones promises, “good food that people will recognize in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.”

Each plate will be between $6 and $8 and the idea is to order continuously throughout your meal, rather than all at once. Just try a few things, then a few more.

The dining room has been undergoing major renovations all winter, and though it’s not entirely finished, Mr. Jones is excited for their one-night opening to give the Island a taste of what’s to come this season, “an all-new menu and an all-new dining room.”

After the April 7 soft opening, the restaurant will close to finalize renovations, reopening in time for Easter weekend on Thursday, April 21. Dinner will be served that Thursday through Saturday with their annual Easter brunch on Sunday. Mr. Jones hopes to continue Thursday Night Tapas until June, revisiting the idea in the fall.

To allow the burgeoning kitchen to properly prepare, reservations are required. Please call 508-693-2298.

Chesca’s

Chesca’s, in Edgartown, opens for the season on Thursday, April 14. New this year, its 17th year in business, the restaurant features a gluten-free menu (in addition to their regular menu) so those averse or allergic to gluten can happily enjoy bread, pasta, and even dessert with everyone else.

Chesca’s does not accept reservations, except for large parties. They will be serving dinner Thursday through Sunday starting at 5:30. For more information, visit chescasmv.com or call 508-627-1234.

Something sweet

The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs, owned by Susan and Pierre Guerin, let us know they plan on opening for the 2011 season on Friday, April 29. For more information, visit sweetlifemv.com.