I’ve always felt that Martha’s Vineyard is a little set in its ways when it comes to the dining scene. It hasn’t ever really needed to move into modern trends when it comes to food. It is a hub of fresh seafood and oysters gallore. When you’re working with insanely fresh, local ingredients there isn’t much spark to be creative and step out of the box.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE eating freshly steamed lobster on fishing crates next to the harbor. But I also love pizza and pasta but sadly can’t partake in the wheaty versions.
With the summer populations swelling to over 100,000 visitors nowadays something needed to give a little. In 2009, State Road Restaurant opened in West Tisbury and created a unique farm to table dining option for the island. Since then, there has been a shift on the island towards more modern table fare and more awareness and tolerance for those who can’t just eat anything.
Please make sure to check out my overall guide to eating gluten free on MV. Below, is the first installment of a series where I am breaking down a few of the major towns and regions on the island and looking at some of the more specific gluten free goodnesses.
Edgartown is one of only two towns where you can happily consume alcohol without restrictions, well unless tequila likes to make your clothes fall off, then you should just stay in your rental house. I often describe it as the posh corner of the island. Here you’ll find the men clad in salmon colored pants and the women in Lilly Pulitzer or Vineyard Vines. The houses are strictly colonial and dining options are aplenty. Here are some of my personal favorites that offer great gluten free options.
Behind the Bookstore
This cozy little cafe is located behind Edgartown Books. Get it? Behind the Bookstore! How creative.
It offers all sorts of dining options from dine-in breakfast, lunch and dinner to take out ‘salads’, and a plethora of coffee options. The readily made, take-out options quickly became one of my favorite go-to beach snacks. Personal favorite was the roasted chickpea & purple cauliflower with a preserved lemon vinaigrette.
Or dine in for options like a quinoa bowl for breakfast or a roasted half chicken with duck fat turnips and grits for lunch or dinner.
This is a fancy little spot that is a great place to go with your girlfriends or a hot date if you can find one. They offer gluten free ravioli and gf pasta. They can also modify most dishes to make them safe for any allergies you may be blessed with.
Isola’s Healthy Habit:
Just look at their facebook page and I don’t even have to say anything. (It is however a bit confusing to find, it’s not actually in the post office square, it’s on church st. you can park in the lot and then just walk towards church street and behind Isola.)
Among the Flowers:
I have to admit I haven’t been here for dinner in many many years but their gluten free breakfast options are on point. They offer gluten free bread for sammies and sides. Bonus points for also offering a tofu scramble for vegans everywhere!
One of my favorite gluten free discoveries on the entire island! (Thanks Jess!) They offer a gluten free AND vegan crust! Hallelujah! It was a bit pricey, but it’s made with natural ingredients and wood fired. I highly recommend this little spot. It’s technically in Edgartown but it is very centrally located near the airport.
Another great little coffee shop off of Main Street. They offer gluten free breads, vegan/gluten free soups, and to-go ‘salads’.
Sharky’s Mexican Cantina:
If you’re sick of seafood GASP! ok, fine that’s not possible, if you’re craving mexican this will help to satisfy those cravings. Most options here are gluten free, they have corn tortillas and bomb nachos!
Let me talk about those nachos… Oh wait I already have, gahhh they are just so good, read about them here.
This place quickly became one of my favorite hangouts. Where else can you get craft cocktails, play shuffleboard, listen to Johnny Hoy (the sexiest 65 year old jazz singer) and eat buffalo brussel sprouts all under one roof? They are very accommodating, just ask for gluten free options!