Good Taste: Fall deals at Martha’s Vineyard restaurants

On the menu at Lambert's Cove Inn: Puffed quinoa crusted local tautog, tomato vinaigrette, quick pickled local cucumber, wood sorrel, and squash blossom.
Photo courtesy of Max Eagan

On the menu at Lambert's Cove Inn: Puffed quinoa crusted local tautog, tomato vinaigrette, quick pickled local cucumber, wood sorrel, and squash blossom.

It’s the time of year when restaurants are either closing for the season or offering great deals to get you in the door.

This Saturday, Oct. 20, is Coop de Ville’s big BBQ bash. It will be a day to eat, drink, and be merry with some familiar Vineyard faces. The restaurant, located on the Oak Bluffs harbor, will stay open until October 28.

The Lookout Tavern recently started Sushi Sundays, with 25 percent off all sushi items on the menu.

The weekday raw bar special has already started as well, from 4 to 6 pm, with $1.50 shrimp, $1.25 clams, and $1.75 oysters. There are not a whole lot of restaurants that can pull off serving sushi and burgers in the same venue and do them both (really) well. Have you tried the peanut burger yet? The Lookout, in Oak Bluffs, is extending its season this year and staying open until Thanksgiving.

Offshore Ale in Oak Bluffs has long been a winter favorite, with its wood-fired pizzas and cozy fireplaces. On Monday, Nov. 5 they start their popular two-for-one entrée deal. What’s better on a chilly fall night than a roasted half-chicken marinated in garlic and herbs served with roasted fall veggies and mashed potatoes? Offshore’s big booths and round tables are perfect for sharing a bunch of pizzas, perhaps topped with sliced duck, crispy pancetta, leeks, and fresh Parmesan. Entrées range from $9.95 to $27.95.

Seasons Restaurant and Pub continues its long list of special: $7 burger night on Tuesdays; $15 for all pasta dishes on Wednesdays; and the daily $20 for a lobster roll, chowder, chips, and coleslaw.

Détente in Edgartown closes for the season on Saturday, Oct. 27. In the meantime, they serve dinner Monday through Saturday at 5:30 pm and offering 30 percent off of the regular menu at the bar at 5:30. Try the new incarnation of their famous tuna tartare, now served crudo style but with all the same flavors: togarashi, vanilla-lychee purée, candied ginger, and pine nuts. Grilled quail is a fall favorite at Détente, served over cheesy grits, roasted Brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, and pomegranate-molasses. Entrées range from $32 to $39. Call 508-627-8810 for reservations.

This is Chesca’s last weekend. The Edgartown restaurant stayed open later than usual this year, and still offers customer appreciation specials nightly until it closes on October 20.

Find two coupons in this week’s Times for Lattanzi’s: buy one entrée, get one free in the restaurant; or get half off a pizza in the pizzeria. Coupons expire Nov. 4.

The Grill On Main is offering a three-course prix fixe menu Mondays through Wednesdays for $36. On Thursdays through Saturdays, they offer their two-for-one entr´ee special. Choose from dressed-up favorites like the baked cod beurre blanc or the grilled soy and ginger duck breast with an apricot raspberry glaze. Entrées range from $24.95 to $34.95. For reservations, call 508-627-8344.

Tonight is the last night for Island residents to take advantage of the Winnetu’s deal: pay for two dinners at Lure Grill and stay at the hotel for just the $25 housekeeping fee. For reservations, call 866-335-1133 or visit winnetu.com.

The Square Rigger is still offering its free chowder with the purchase of a lobster roll. The restaurant is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30 pm.

The Lambert’s Cove Inn and Restaurant has brought back the Thursday night Tapas menu for diners who like to graze and try lots of different dishes. Small plates ideal for sharing with a group so go with friends. Tapas range from $6 to $8 per plate. For date night, go on Wednesday, when they offer two-for-one entrées. Call 508-693-2298 for reservations.

In Vineyard Haven, get two-for-one burgers at Zephrus every Tuesday when you dine in the restaurant, which is open daily.

And at Mon Amour, located at 395 State Road in Vineyard Haven, enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu for $32 until 7 pm. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 pm.

Noteworthy

If you’ve been to Main Street Vineyard Haven this week you may already know, Café Moxie is open. They are serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

Breakfast ranges from a simple berry parfait with Mermaid Farm yogurt to a decadent Brioche French toast with walnut butter and maple syrup.

For lunch there are soups (lentil and roasted corn chowder), salads (Nicoise and house), and sandwiches like the grilled ham and Gruyere, fried fish, or grilled hamburger.

Café Moxie is still awaiting their beer and wine license to serve alongside starters like marinated goat cheese and mesclun salad and house made gravlax with dill, crème fraiche, and pumpernickel toast. Entrées include a roasted rack of lamb with bordelaise sauce, couscous with mint, yellow raisins, and pine nuts; for the seafood-lover a bouillabaisse made entirely with local fish. Appetizers range between $10 and $15; entrées $28 to $36.

For more information, visit cafemoxiemv.com.