Restaurants : Venturing west: Take out, up-Island
You have an advantage if you are lucky enough to live up-Island where you're steps away from the many take-out spots in Aquinnah and Chilmark. If you do not, these cafes and snack bars are at least a half-hour drive away, but the delicious food and stunning scenery make them worth the trip.
In Aquinnah, the westernmost tip of the Island, is Faith's Seafood Shack and the Aquinnah Shop Restaurant. Faith's boasts the freshest seafood: oysters and littlenecks on the half shell, lobsters, steamers, and much more. There's also sushi and sashimi, with several Chef's Special Rolls, such as the Seafood Shack Roll: steamed lobster, fresh mango, and avocado with lemon mayo, for $18.95.
The Aquinnah Shop Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. Sit down inside or out for table service, and for a view that you won't forget.
In Menemsha, part of Chilmark, many places offer take-out food you can enjoy in a scenic spot - on the beach, dock, or jetties, among the fishermen.
Larsen's Fish Market and Menemsha Fish Market offer fresh seafood and other snacks. They'll steam lobsters for you to eat outside on the lobster trap picnic tables, or you can take home fresh scallops, oysters, and many varieties of fish to cook at home. At the Menemsha Fish Market, chicken lobsters are $5.99/lb.; 1 1/4 lb. lobsters are $7.29/lb., and 1 to 3 lb. lobsters are $9/lb. Add $1 per pound for cooking, which includes cracking, splitting, plates, utensils, and napkins.
At Larsen's, chicken lobsters are $7.99/lb., 1 1/4 lb. lobsters are $8.49/lb., and selects (more than 1 and 1/4 lb.) are $9.29/lb. Larsen's also charges $1 per pound for cooking.
Also at the markets, find stuffed quahogs, clam chowder, lobster bisque, crackers, and seafood dips. At Larsen's, there are many gluten-free snack options.
The Bite in Menemsha is famous for their fried food: coconut shrimp, clams, scallops. You name it. Try the "Bite" fries, which are fried pieces of skin-on potatoes.