Restaurants : For starters
Whether it's comforting cheesy fries or inventive tuna tartar, appetizers are fun to order.
Chef Scott Ehrlich of The Sweet Life Café prepares several must-try starters, among them an Asparagus Soup with poached mussels and bacon; and a rich Braised Pork Lasagnette with creamed sauerkraut, arugula, and gruyere.
made with picholine olives, orange, fennel, almonds, and rosemary. Photo courtesy of The Sweet Life Café
Among Farm Neck Café's appetizers are Crab Cakes with rémoulade sauce, and the filling Chicken Fillets, with plum and honey mustard sauce.
Lambert's Cove Inn also offers Crab Cakes, but with shaved red onions, fennel salad, and a lemon caper aioli; and Steamed Mussels with plum tomatoes, red onions, red pepper flakes, and white wine.
Atria's tried-and-true favorite starters are the Ahi Tuna Tempura with Miso Vinaigrette, and Wok Fried Calamari with Sambal Aioli. The rest of their starter menu changes daily.
Crab Claw Cocktail is exclusive at Faith's Seafood Shack and Sushi Bar in Aquinnah.
At Blue Canoe, try the Hoisin Chicken Skewers. The second floor deck offers a great view of Vineyard Haven Harbor.
Smoke 'N Bones' "fire-starters" include Cajun Fried Catfish Fingers, Asian Style Ribs, and Stewart's World Famous Homemade Onion Rings.
Grilled Bacon and Lobster Vol Au Vent are two of Atlantic Fish and Chop House's starters. The latter is sautéed lobster, wild mushrooms, puff pastry and asparagus tips in Americaine sauce.
While peas are in season, the Chilmark Tavern serves Warm Sweet Pea Soup with mint crème fraiche and crispy ham.
"Headlines" at The Newes include a Creamy Crab and Artichoke Dip served with homemade chips, and longtime favorite Roquefort Stilettos: toasted French bread topped with Roquefort and bacon.
Also in Edgartown, The Wharf makes a great Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and Chesca's makes a Hot Gorgonzola Dip with Pancetta and Shrimp served with herbed crostini.
Le Grenier offers Feuillete of Escargots: escargots with tomatoes, garlic, tarragon, and cream; and Wild Mushroom Raviolis fried with a ginger butter sauce, among many other choices.