martha’s vineyard + cape cod
With daylight hours still short as ever, my thoughts have been drifting frequently to the sunshine-soaked holidays of last year. Vibrant Miami, tranquil Maldives and the one that left the biggest impression of all – our virgin visit to New England, or more specifically the seaside idylls of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.
We flew into Boston, stayed a couple of days (lovely city but we weren’t blown away by what we ate there), then jumped in a rental for the two hour journey to our one night digs in the Cape, stopping to refuel at the awesome Lobster Trap in Bourne along the way.
What a feast it was. Clam Chowder chockfull of shellfish, crispy fried Whole Belly Clams and of course the Lobster for which they are known, steamed, and served with corn on the cob, potato salad and clarified butter.
It was so good I returned for a Lobster Roll the next day after lunch at J.T’s Seafood. Warm toasted buttery brioche loaded with sweet freshly-picked lobster meat lightly dressed in mayo – delicious, and far better than the disappointing one we had at our aforementioned lunch venue.
A ferry ride away in Martha’s Vineyard we got stuck into more lobster at Atria. A 4 lb (2 kg) monster stuffed with scallops, crab, prawns and MORE lobster and baked with a parmesan breadcrumb topping. From its weight our dinner was roughly 15 years old, so we didn’t expect the flesh to be as sweet and succulent as it was. Definitely some of the best lobster we had ever eaten, and a steal at $100.
At the The Port Hunter we had an enjoyable casual meal of mussels, yellowfin tuna egg rolls, (yet another) lobster roll and a nice selection of local oysters.
Quaint little clam shack The Bite was a fried seafood haven, and just a short stroll from the pretty Menemsha coastline.
After a short wait (everything is fried to order) we grabbed our brown takeout bags and got stuck in at the nearby beachside tables. The fried clams served with a small obligatory pot of tartare sauce were spot on – plump meaty morsels enrobed in a light golden batter.
Surprisingly our favourite deep-fried treat weren’t of the shellfish variety at all, but the chicken wings which were moist, juicy and coated in the same well-seasoned batter.
It wasn’t all seafood on the trip. We fell in love with the super-sized sandwiches at Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches – their delicious marinara-slathered Chicken Parm and French Dip brimful of sliced roast beef served with two pots of gravy, were both incredible.
But it was the cheesy meat-packed Cuban (roasted pork loin, virginia ham, swiss cheese, pickles and chipotle mayo in a toasted french roll) that totally stole the show. YUM.
A wonderful wonderful trip.
Lobster Trap / 290 Shore Road, Bourne, MA 02532 / (508) 759-7600
Atria / 137 Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539 / (508) 627-5850
The Port Hunter / 55 Main Street, Edgartown, MA / (503) 627 7747
The Bite / 29 Basin Road, Chilmark, MA 02535 / (508) 645-9239
Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches / 7 North Water Street, Edgartown, MA / (508) 693 5281