Good Taste: Two-for-ones, discounts, and deal nights make dining fun

Good Taste: Two-for-ones, discounts, and deal nights make dining fun

Justin Kane, left, Matt Costello, and Mike McCarthy enjoy wings, oysters, and beer at Offshore Ale's weekly Friday afternoon special.

This time of year, you can go out to dinner any night of the week and find a great deal at one or more Island restaurants. In light of the economy in general and what’s typical on the Vineyard in winter, restaurants are offering two for one, 25 percent off, and small bite menus all winter long.

Offshore Ale Company in Oak Bluffs has been doing their Monday night two-for-one promotion since November and they’ve recently brought back the very popular $.25 wings and $1 oysters on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. What better way to start the weekend than with inexpensive wings and oysters? To keep winter momentum from going stagnant, Offshore has live music starting at 10 pm on Saturdays, the Jeremy Berlin and Eric Johnson Jazz Duo on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and the always popular live Irish Music with Gregg Harcourt and Mary Wolverton on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm. For more information, call 508-693-2626 or visit offshoreale.com.

Seasons Eatery and Pub, also in Oak Bluffs, has something going on just about every night of the week. Sundays from 6 to 9:30 pm is Family Night and kids eat free. A selection of $5 appetizers is available Monday through Saturday for early birds from 3 to 6 pm. On Sundays through Thursdays, choose from two ‘”meal deals”: #1 includes three courses (appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert) for $19.95; if it’s date night check out #2: an appetizer and two entrees for $29.95. And sushi is not just for summer. Chef Tony from The Lookout has moved down the street to Seasons and on Thursday nights all sushi is 25 percent off. For more information, call 508-693-7129; seasonspub.com.

Be sure to look for the Ocean View’s weekly specials, which are posted in their ad in The Times. At the Oak Bluffs establishment, Wednesday is Lobster Night for $19.99. And, hamburger specials are back. On Sundays through Thursdays, burgers start at $4.99, including fries. For more information, call 508-693-2207.

In addition to Chef Ben deForest’s fresh and innovative menu, Zephrus at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven is doing two-for-one burgers on Tuesdays. Z Burgers go beyond ground beef on a patty, with options such as the Yard Bird with grilled chicken, red onion relish, pepper jack cheese, wilted spinach, and 1,000-Island dressing on an English muffin; and the Z B.L.T. with 100-percent Angus beef, bacon, lettuce, and tomato piled on Texas Toast with homemade mayonnaise. This winter, every time you dine at Zephrus and your bill amounts to at least $25, you’ll earn one Z nickel, which is redeemable for a bevy of goods and services. Two nickels will get you a free dessert, four a burger and fries. Ten nickels is worth a three-month membership to the health club and 12 will get you a room at the Mansion House. This month only, in honor of their 27th anniversary, the Mansion House is celebrating with a “slumber party.” Island residents can stay in a king room, enjoy a buffet breakfast in the morning, and access to the pool, health club, and hot tub for $27. For reservations, call 508-693-2200 or visit mvmansionhouse.com.

The Wharf in Edgartown is another dependable winter establishment, with something seemingly always going on, from fried chicken night (Monday) to the popular trivia night (Wednesday). Look for their ad in this week’s Times, mention it to your server on Thursday night, and get 30 percent off all food items at your table. The Wharf also offers 50 percent off chicken wings daily from 3 to 6 pm and during all NFL games. For more information, 508-627-9966 or wharfpub.com.

The Newes in Edgartown reintroduced their Wee-Bites menu, small plates perfect for whetting the appetite, that range in price from $2 to $4. My favorite is still the McDermott slider: a mini-burger reminiscent (in a good way) of a McDonald’s cheeseburger – the classic with mustard, ketchup, one or two pickles, and chopped white onion, not a super-deluxe triple laden with unrecognizable sauces. For a late lunch or early dinner, stop in for Fish and Chips for $7.95 before 4 pm. The Newes has live music featuring different artists every Friday as well as a steady stream of winter dinner specials. Call 508-627-4397 or visit kelly-house.com for more information.

If you prefer to wait until the weekend to hit the town, The Grill on Main, in Edgartown, offers two-for-one entrees Thursdays through Saturdays. Take someone special to dinner for the price of treating yourself. Call 508-627-8344 or visit thegrillonmain.com for more information.

Lattanzi’s, also in Edgartown, is a one-stop shop for pizza and fine Italian family-style dining. Mention their ad in the Calendar section of The Times for half price on their famed pizzas Tuesdays through Thursdays and for two-for-one entrees on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 508-627-8854 or visit lattanzis.com.

State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury is getting ready for its winter break at the end of the month, but don’t miss Burger night on Thursdays and Rustic Pizza on Sundays until then. To make reservations, call 508-693-8582. For more information, visit stateroadmv.com.

Sunday is Burger Night at Atria, located in Edgartown. Dine downstairs in the brick cellar or at the bar and enjoy two-for-one burgers. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the decadently delicious Pay Day Burger with black truffle oil, arugula, red wine reduction, and foie gras. For more information, call 508-627-5850 or visit atriamv.com.

Noteworthy

Julie Sierputoski of the Produce Connection in conjunction with The FARM Institute (TFI) is currently growing salad greens for the West Tisbury School, the Charter School, and M.V. Regional High School. Ms. Sierputoski picks bags of greenhouse grown lettuces at TFI weekly and delivers them to the schools where they are served at the cafeteria salad bars. TFI invites you to stop by for a tour of their winter growing operation, which is also producing beets, spinach, arugula, bok choy, carrots, and radishes.

Save the Date: TFI, together with Morning Glory Farm, will show the film, “American Meat,” a documentary starring Joel Salatin, a leader in the alternative agriculture community. “American Meat” takes a look at the current state of the meat industry and offers practical solutions that people can use to change agriculture in America. The viewing is scheduled for the evening of February 3 at the Morning Glory Farm Stand. Dinner featuring TFI and Morning Glory meat will be available for purchase.