Food lovers celebrate Restaurant Week every year across the country in cities like Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, and Philadelphia. “Restaurant Week has been a proven economic stimulus in other communities,” says Dawn Bellante of Martha’s Vineyard Online and coordinator of this year’s third annual Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week.
Two hundred and fifty New York City restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s citywide event in July. Both Cape Cod and Nantucket host their Restaurant Weeks biannually, in the spring or early summer and again in the fall, while Boston does it in August with a prix fixe 2 or 3-course lunch and 3-course dinner.
Although residents and visitors are accustomed to spending more for, well, just about everything on the Island, Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week’s prices are on par with cities everywhere. Any restaurant is welcome to participate in the event and for those who have in the past, “the response has been tremendous,” according to Ms. Bellante. “It really gives restaurants a chance to showcase their chefs and attract new customers,” she says.
Participating restaurants are offering 3- and 4-course meals from $10 to $20 at lunch and $24 to $45 at dinner. The event, which is sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Online, Plum TV, MVY radio, the Vineyard Gazette, and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce will run from Sunday, June 19 through Thursday, June 23.
“This is a way to promote the Island’s wonderful restaurants during the saddle season. During this particular week in June, restaurants are up and running but it isn’t too busy yet,” Ms. Bellante says.
Nancy’s Restaurant and Snack Bar in Oak Bluffs is offering a $20 3-course lunch including clam chowder or garden salad with a choice of a fried fish sandwich, buffalo chicken Caesar wrap, or Fattoush (a Middle Eastern salad with fresh garden veggies and toasted bread) with shrimp or chicken, and turtle cheesecake or chocolate cake for dessert.
The Ocean View is offering a 3-course lunch for $19.99, including chowder, lobster roll, and grapenut custard; and a 4-course dinner with chowder, salad, baked stuffed lobster, and caramel cheesecake for $29.99.
For a cheap date, head to Sharky’s Cantina for a 3-course dinner for two for $35. Dinner includes a 12-piece platter of boneless wings, two orders of enchiladas with choice of cheese, chicken, grilled veggie, pork, or ground beef served with rice and beans. For dessert, a cast iron skillet chocolate chip cookie or hot fudge brownie.
Restaurant Week is also the perfect time to indulge in some fine dining. The Grill on Main, Il Tesoro, l’étoile, and Lure will participate with menus featuring some of their best dishes.
The Lambert’s Cove Inn is serving a 3-course dinner for $42 with appetizer options including Caesar salad, ricotta flatbread, mussels, and cauliflower soup. Entrees include roasted free-range chicken, grilled double cut pork chop, and Cod two ways. For dessert, Meyer lemon olive oil cake or warm strawberry rhubarb crisp.
Détente’s 3-course dinner, for $45, will offer choices of appetizer and entrée such as chef Kevin Crowell’s inspired take on a fish taco: corn-tortilla encrusted cod cakes served with a salsa-verde aioli and heirloom tomatoes; and Vineyard fluke with cured-lemon, basil, and zucchini risotto. For dessert, his signature buttermilk bread pudding with blueberries, lemon curd, and warm caramel. Check their Facebook page for updated menu items.
Other participating restaurants include Chesca’s, Lattanzi’s, Blue Canoe, and Z Burgers at the Mansion House.
Ms. Bellante and her crew of organizers would love to see Martha’s Vineyard’s Restaurant Week expand. She has had requests for another event in October, something she hopes to see happen, “with the support of more restaurants.”
Restaurant Week begins this Sunday, June 19, but if your restaurant hasn’t signed up yet it’s not too late. Registration is open until Friday, June 17. Contact Dawn Bellante at Martha’s Vineyard Online: 508-696-7400.
Reservations are highly recommended for dinner at most restaurants and make sure to mention that you are coming for the restaurant week menu. Check out marthasvineyardrestaurantweek.com for a complete list of participating restaurants and menu information.
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