Breakfast at the Winnetu is worth a trip

Vineyard Benedict —Marnely Murray

Large resorts don’t always showcase their food. They focus on the beach, the amenities, the heated pools … but at the Winnetu in Edgartown, the food is worth talking about. The Dunes, their main restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the summer season, with a focus on New American Cuisine from their new chef, Noel Middleton.

Breakfast is open to the public from 7:30 am until 10:30 am, with a menu featuring clean, classic breakfast options and boozy brunch cocktails. You can choose from a continental buffet that includes fresh fruit, baked goods, waffles, oatmeal, and more, or you can order from the à la carte menu. Heck, you can even do both — there is a discounted price if you want both the continental and the à la carte.

Start with a Bloody Mary ($14 and made with Tito’s Vodka) or a Peach Bellini ($11). Either is a perfect way to start the morning.

I’m happy there are just a few options. I despise being overwhelmed by too large a menu before I’ve even had a full cup of coffee. The Dunes limits it to six breakfast dishes with a menu of side dishes.

Make sure to get one of the two dishes I tried, because they’re outstanding:

  • The Breakfast Sandwich ($12) with two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, and tomatoes on a croissant. There is nothing more indulgent than eggs on a buttery croissant.
  • Vineyard Benedict ($19) is a classic eggs Benedict served with sweet lobster meat and poached eggs tucked in an English muffin and drenched in hollandaise sauce.

Both are served with hands-down some of the best breakfast potatoes I’ve ever had — fingerling potatoes sliced lengthwise and cooked up with peppers and onions. I could eat a bowl of just these potatoes for breakfast.

Prices are accommodating and comparable with other spots in Edgartown. If you’re wanting to enjoy some fresh air, you can also order your breakfast to go and sit on the deck of the restaurant, overlooking South Beach. The best part of this meal, aside from the delicious food? The ample parking lot. Dining out in Edgartown, no matter the time, is a hassle on its own due to limited downtown parking, but it’s not a problem at the Winnetu.

Visit the Dunes for breakfast starting at 7:30am daily. Starting Sept. 6, the à la carte menu will be put on hold for the season, so make sure to get there this month. For more information, visit