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Vineyard vacation report (long)

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Vineyard vacation report (long)

foodiex2 | Aug 28, 2005 05:47 PM

Just got back from a week on the Vineyard with one short trip off island to see the Stones-great show!!

We ate a lot of meals at home on this trip. Morning Glories produce and baked goods proved to be the biggest winner with amazing local corn, tomatoes and great pies. They no longer sell Biga breads but Scottish bake house has picked up the line. Great sweet and anadama breads.

Breakfast:.
Katama General Store: Take out coffee and scones. Coffee just OK but the scones were wonderful. Buttery and dense but still tender. I loved the ginger ones the best. The cheese biscuits were also quite good. I understand that if you get there too late in the AM you are out of luck.
Whoozies Diner (formally Mel’s) at the Katama Airport. Same bad service and over priced breakfasts we have come to expect since the new owners took over. Pup had chocolate chip pancakes, we had egg sandwiches. As usual they were slow to fill coffee, pancakes came out 15 minutes before the sandwiches, waitress sullen at best, in different at worst. So why do we go?? It’s close to home base and my son loves the red Barron and to him it’s not vacation if we don’t go at least once. The price you pay for traditions and they new owners are taking full advantage.
Dippin Donuts: OK coffee and good traditional donuts. Nothing to rave about but not bad either

Lunch: Mostly beached it for lunch but a few exceptions
Katama General store: not bad pre-made sandwiches for the beach. Basic combos in both rolls and wraps. Little packs of mustard and mayo so no soggy ‘wiches a plus. Good selections of drinks and snacks make it easy to pack a picnic.
Navigator/Boathouse Bar: You would never know they are under new ownership. Great chowder and awesome lobster roll. Chowder was thick and creamy with lots of clams however potatoes were slightly underdone. Lots of lobster in a typical NE roll (not buttered though) with barely there filler. Expensive by great. Companions had the boathouse burger and fries which was raved about as was the fish sandwich.
Coop Deville: our annual trek for suicide wings did not disappoint!

Dinner:
Local corn, seafood and the like were just too good so we rarely ventured out at night. 2 exceptions were:
Lure: This was our first visit and they have done a nice job with renovations. Small room, good art and lighting with a nice view of the ocean if you are seated by the window. Small bar area and limited outdoor seating which no one was taking advantage of the night we were there. Food overall was good but I left feeling dissatisfied with the experience. There were 3 of us and bill was over $300 with tax and 20% tip. We had a 2 cocktails and a $50 bottle of wine but no coffee or dessert. Amuse was tiny bit of salmon tartare and single waffle chip. Taste was quite good. Apps were foi gras which was served with stone fruit, soft shell crab with a chipotle sauce and an arugala and goat cheese salad. All quite good. Entrée’s were duck (comments that it was too greasy even for duck and served very rare), roasted cod with sweet spices over lentils- this was $39 which I thought was extreme but it was quite good. And the last was seafood pairing of wild salmon with salsa Verde. The salmon was the best of them all. Service was amateur which is why I think I left feeling dissatisfied. Waited over 10 minutes before anyone even approached the table, another 15 for our drinks to arrive. During that wait the manager/owner (Micah??) approached and asked if we were enjoying ourselves. She soon realized that we didn’t even have drinks so offered advice on the menu. When I asked between 2 dishes I got a generic “oh they are both so good I wouldn’t want to choose” answer. We asked if there were any specials and she stated “No the menu speaks for itself “or something like that. Waitress finally arrives with the drinks and immediately starts in with a litany of specials. When we told her that we had just been told there were no specials she immediately demanded to know who told us that and then became extremely embarrassed when we pointed out the manager, mumbling something about her being misinformed. We place our order and waited another 15 minutes for bread (great white bean dip) meanwhile noticing a huge crack in my drink glass. It took over 10 minutes for my new drink to arrive. Rest of the meal was uneventful, entrée’s arriving immediately after the app’s were removed and we were pretty much abandoned after our entrée’s arrived. Overall the food would be worth another trip but the service does not. While I am glad we went I don’t think we will be back.
Edgartown Yacht Club: great basic club meal with strong drinks, good wine and passable food with a stunning view of 2 rainbows and then a bright pink sky. 2 of us had sweet pea ravioli one as an app one as an entrée only difference being size. Light pillows of pasta in a very rich butter sauce which while good was too cloying and overcame the peas. The other 2 apps, Katama oysters and mesclun salad were very good. Entrees were roasted lamb which was raved over as it was cooked perfectly and served just the right side of med. rare. Surf and Turf was quite good with a small filet and a skewer of scallops and lobster. Pup had the seafood pasta and declared it very good.

Overall a good trip!

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