Edgartown’s Dock Street Coffee Shop open late

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Yes, they're open for late night food again: Wednesday through Saturday, 8 pm to 1 am. — File photo by Susan Safford

One online review calls Dock Street Coffee Shop, “A nice alternative to the yuppie craziness of downtown Edgartown.” Well put.

The first time I experienced the Vineyard’s resident greasy spoon was with two friends, one from Montana and the other from New York. While the sweet, always optimistic Montana friend ordered an omelet with avocado and goat cheese, the New Yorker looked the other way. With the slightest hint of a smile, the man at the grill turned around, beat some eggs and American cheese together. A couple of short minutes later he placed her omelet on the counter in front of her and said, “here’s your avocado,” allowing himself a full-fledged chuckle now.

Ok. So you don’t order avocado or goat cheese at Dock Street. But if there is a time and a place for everything, when it comes to classic diner food, Dock Street is the place and now, late night is the time.

Coffee will be brewing and Dock Street’s regular menu is available. For the breakfast lover, fried eggs and home fries are aplenty. The Monte Cristo: French toast topped with ham, tomato and cheese. Does this French toast call for maple syrup? To each their own. Omelets can be stuffed with tomato, onion, cheese, bacon, ham, and sausage.

When it comes to sandwiches, it’s hard to believe that the fixings for so many options are housed behind the long, narrow counter. They offer egg salad and tuna salad, steak and cheese, as well as burgers such as the California with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and Russian dressing. Or the Patty Melt, a quarter pound of beef with American cheese and grilled onions pressed on the griddle.

When we went at 8:30 pm in mid-February, business had not picked up yet and most of the stools were vacant. I’m told that around 12:30 am, when people start filtering out of The Wharf and David Ryan’s, it gets pretty busy for that last half hour.

Breakfast and lunch are served seven days a week 6:30 am to 1:30 pm. The late night menu is offered Wednesday through Saturday from 8 pm to 1 am.