This is the second installment of my gluten free MV series. You can read about my general tips to visiting Martha’s Vineyard gluten free and my guide to Edgartown here. This time around I am focusing on Oak Bluffs, the second of the two towns that allow you to explore your love of alcohol unrestricted.
Oak Bluffs is not to be confused with Oaks Bluff, the imaginary tourist town that has no laws. It is the much more casual sister of Edgartown. It boasts clear ocean views, a giant park which lends itself to instagram worthy pics, and a nightlife that is, well, vibrant.
Here are the best options I’ve found in the gluten free MV world in Oak Bluffs.
Slice of Life
They offer the island’s best gluten free chowder on a daily basis. It’s not nearly as thick and creamy as most New England Clam Chowders but it doesn’t have wheat, so stop being picky. It does satisfy the clammy craving if it should arise. They also have a large selection of salads and entrees and their breakfast scrambles are delicious!
Yes! An italian restaurant made it on this list! Not just any italian restaurant too, it is a pan cooked pasta restaurant. They offer gluten free pasta and their alfredo is gf too!! For $20 ish you get a huge frying pan full of delectable pasta that will be enough for 4 meals! And it’s like olive garden, you get unlimited bread and salad.
This hot spot has my favorite alcoholic beverage on the island, the dirty banana. It’s made by an awesome Jamaican guy named Donovan and is essentially a boozy banana mudslide. It also has the best mussels I’ve ever come across. The chef also happens to be a friend, and he’s very accommodating!
Red Cat Kitchen
This new little bistro is built into a cute little cottage which lends itself to a cozy evening sipping on delicious wine and eating…. brussel sprouts? The menu has become the most hated and adored I’ve ever come across. It’s typically a the worst nightmare of a person with a food allergy. Many of the menu items don’t have descriptions at all like ‘Yellowfin Tuna… Imagined’ or ‘Some crispy oysters in a bowl. What’s it to you, man?’. I usually get a good chuckle right before the panic sets in. In a roundabout way it’s a really good thing that they don’t put descriptions, it forces me to explain everything I can’t eat rather than just guessing based on descriptions and hoping for the best. Every time I visited Red Cat Kitchen I was blessed with a completely different experience. The one staple however was a glass of Saved (a red blend from Cali) wine and their ‘Fu*kin’ great brussel sprouts’!
Park Corner Bistro
A modern day gastropub with an ever changing menu. They can adjust most menu items, within reason. They even offer a gluten free, egg free ravioli on most of their menus! For an extra special treat stop in after ten and you can hear some sultry sounds of the live music they have that night!