Restaurants : Tried and true
Year after year, restaurants rework their menus, try new preparations, and invent new creations. Some dishes, whether appetizers, entrees, or desserts, remain as standout menu items that lure diners back.
At Among the Flowers, which serves breakfast and lunch all day, the Mushroom, Tomato, Basil, and Feta Omelet ($8.95) has stood the test of time. For dinner, it's the Oven Roasted Alaskan Halibut with a roma tomato and leek fondue ($28).
The Banana Stuffed French Toast ($6.95) from Biscuits in Oak Bluffs, which also serves breakfast all day, is a favorite, as well as the New Englander: cod fishcake, eggs any style, homefries, and toast ($8.75).
Mediterranean may be in a new location, but co-owner Doug Hewson continues serving customer favorites that helped establish the restaurant's reputation. "For six years, the number one seller is always the fish of the day," says Mr. Hewson. Currently, it's local monkfish pan-roasted with chorizo and mussels in a saffron tomato broth. For the fish, prices vary according to the market value.
At the Lambert's Cove Inn, chef Joe DaSilva and his staff make a popular Pan-Roasted Half-Chicken with Yukon Gold Potatoes, Wilted Greens, and Herb Nage ($28). A sought-after appetizer is the Crab Cakes with Shaved Red Onion, Fennel Salad, and a Lemon Caper Aioli ($15).
Tony Saccoccia of The Grill on Main says the most popular menu item is the Lobster Turnover, served with a shrimp and fennel cream sauce ($13). A close second is the Grilled Duck Breast Marinated in Soy and Ginger with Plum and Apricot Glaze ($28).
Chicken enchiladas ($14.95) are a hot menu item at Sharky's, in both Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, says owner JB Blau.
Linda Jean's is a top spot for breakfast in general. Specifically, the Jacob and the Strawberry Belgian Waffle are among crowd favorites. The Jacob is homefries with onion, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, and cheddar cheese ($6.99). The waffle comes piled with whipped cream, and costs $8.99.
Also known for its large breakfast menu is The Black Dog Tavern. Among its most popular dishes is the Green Monster: scrambled eggs with spinach, asparagus, broccoli, and cheese. According to manager Jim Williston, the Eggs Benedict is popular too. For dinner, most popular is the Garlic Crusted Codfish with lemon beurre blanc sauce ($29).