Good Taste : A closer look at Dock Street
At last check, Dock Street Coffee Shop is the Island's only American diner. Though it doesn't have the classic steel siding, Dock Street has other classic diner qualities: American cuisine (Egg sandwiches, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and frappes to name a few); it's a small roadside restaurant with a long counter; and it used to be open during the late-night.
Owner Mary Sobel is originally from Michigan, but an Islander for 23 years now. She worked at Dock Street for seven years before buying the diner from the current chef, Don Patrick, who shares the kitchen with his son Darren. Before buying, Ms. Sobel worked both as a waitress and as a cook. She has owned the 18-stool diner for 16 years, including the time it was a late-night stop.
According to Ms. Sobel, menu favorites are omelets such as the Western and Eastern ($7), or ham and cheese ($7.75), and the Number 1: two eggs any style, with your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, with toast, home fries, and either coffee or tea, for $7.50. For lunch, it's the cheeseburger deluxe, a quarter pounder with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, for $6.50.
Sandwich options include linguica ($4.50), turkey ($6.25), and a tuna melt ($6.75). Top your meal off with dessert: a frappe ($6), milk shake ($3.50), or ice cream ($3).
Ms. Sobel's favorite is the off-season pancake special. You won't find it on the menu, but it's available in the fall, winter, and spring, for $5.
Dock Street is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm. All orders can be made to go.
Has Ms. Sobel considered re-opening the late-night café? "Possibly - maybe," she says with a smile. "I'd like to keep it an option." Now that her children are older.
In other news, seasonal restaurants are beginning to open. The Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs reopens Friday, April 30. Susan and Pierre Guerin invite you to enjoy a glass of champagne that weekend.
Lookout Tavern in Oak Bluffs opens on Thursday, April 15, Tax Day, and the tax is on them. Enjoy food and liquor minus the tax, that evening only.