Morning Glory Food Wagon
Morning Glory Farm is hitting the road this summer in their food wagon, which is driving all the way to their parking lot. Located just outside the farm stand, the wagon will serve breakfast and lunch, including sandwiches and baked goods. On weekends, themed pop-ups include food from around the world. In May, expect to see Return of the Wings (May 21), and Pulled Pork (May 28). In June, Dan’s Vegan BBQ (June 11) and Mexican Taco Night (June 25). In July, All-American Hamburgers and Hot Dogs (July 2), Souvlaki Spectacular (July 16), and Tandoori Night (July 30).
Catboat Coffee Co., a new coffee, cheesery, and Middle Eastern cuisine shop has sailed into the Tisbury Marketplace. The unique food menu includes hot and cold Lebanese meals, cut-to-order artisanal cheeses, and pre-made grazing boards. The coffee shop also offers specialty drinks enhanced with rose syrup, including rose latte and rose lemonade, as well as teas, kombuchas, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches.
Back Door Donuts
An Island icon, Back Door Donuts, has made it to the big leagues and opened a pop-up location in Fenway. Serving their classic apple fritters and donuts after dark, follow the sweet smell to 1 Lansdowne Street in Boston from 7 pm to 2 am every night, all summer long. At their original Oak Bluffs location, Back Door Donuts (and the front door bakery) is now open seven days a week.
Bombay Indian Cuisine is in full bloom following its move to Oak Bluffs and opening of its new bar, Blossom. Complimenting Bombay’s spicy and colorful cuisine, Blossom will serve drinks infused with spices not found anywhere else on Island, including Indian craft beers and cocktails, in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Bombay is now open for dine-in and take-out to be enjoyed by anyone who can handle the spice — and feared by those who cannot.
The two restaurants at 6 Circuit Ave. have seemingly played musical chairs. The Oyster Bar has been shucked and The Red Cat has crawled across the street and moved upstairs. The Cardboard Box has packed up, and Vineyard Haven’s Mikado crew has opened a barbecue-themed spot downstairs, Mikado Hawaiian BBQ and Sushi. The new spot will serve dinner, feature music, and hopefully fill the empty box.
Booze in Vineyard Haven
Tisbury has wet its whistle. For the first time, adults can order alcoholic drinks without food in Vineyard Haven restaurants. Tisbury businesses expect to see more people gathering, especially before boats, during happy hours, and for after-dinner drinks. This is welcome news to three new restaurants opening on Main Street this summer: The Attic, Taqueria, and La Strada. With outdoor seating and ocean views, and new restaurants, this summer will bring tequila sunrises and tipsy sunsets to Main Street.
We humans aren’t the only ones who deserve to eat well this summer. MV Barkery is baking up homemade dog treats in flavors including Squibnocket Sockets, Peanut Butter Cowboys, and Pumpkin Passions. The treats are made from nutritious people-friendly ingredients and can be shared between owners and their pets. MV Barkery started as a family business to provide meaningful employment to a child with autism. As MV Barkery grows, they hope to employ other-abled adults. You can buy MV Barkery biscuits at Mocha Mott’s or order through their website, mvbarkery.com. For our larger four-legged friends, Smax Snax is selling custom-made horse and dog treats in cute and creative designs. Elyce Retmier, the Edgartown library’s children’s librarian, is combining two of her passions — horses and cakes. Made from tasty human-safe ingredients and decorated with colorful icing, it will be hard to resist not eating these treats yourself. Smax Snax can be ordered through their Instagram account and shipped anywhere in the country.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
Martha’s Vineyard is an Island of many colors and flavors: from the clay cliffs to the ice cream options, our food and nature span the rainbow. Growing up on the Island, I experienced a cruel shock when I moved away and found out people buy fish from the supermarket. It had never crossed my mind to buy fish from anywhere but the fish markets, or meat from anywhere but Island farms. This June, the M.V. Museum is holding a food history symposium highlighting the special, fresh, and delicious food culture that exists on the island. Everyone, regardless of attendance, should take this as a reminder to respect, appreciate, and enjoy our Island food.
Aquila had a little too much fun in Aquinnah and is hitting the gym at their new location in the YMCA. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to commit to a gym membership to enjoy the food. Just a few steps inside the Y, Aquila is serving smoothies, coffees, and healthy food on the go. Anyone avoiding downtown traffic, finishing a workout, or just looking for a healthy snack can stop in. Aquila is still open in Aquinnah, too, for those of us who really can’t face the gym.
Lilikoi is the Hawaiian word for passionfruit, and that is exactly what’s being served up at the new namesake café in Edgartown. Two fitness, food, and Hawaii lovers have opened a tropical healthy oasis at the Edgartown Triangle. Serving açaí and poke bowls, breakfast toasts, kombuchas, coffees, and juices, Lilikoi Café hopes to provide a healthy option for sitting in, taking out, and detoxing last night’s fried oysters.