What are the best Martha’s Vineyard food experiences?

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Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

While Martha’s Vineyard is certainly renowned for its seafood, the area is proud of some of its other culinary offerings, too. Here are our selections for the area’s best food experiences:

1. Grace Church lobster rolls. Known as the best lobster rolls on island, Grace Church’s varieties are sold on Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (usually through the end of September). Sadly, hungry guests usually clear the cupboards in the first two hours. Get there in time, however, and you’ll try the island’s best roll, a drink and chips all at a nominal fee.

2. Not Your Sugar Mamas chocolate. The island hosts two Not Your Sugar Mamas Chocolate shops (one in Vineyard Haven and another in Edgartown) that offer raw, organic, gluten-free chocolate bars, baked goods and caffeinated drinks.

3. Henry’s Bar at The Harbor View. Set in one of the best hotels in the area, the Harbor View Hotel, Henry’s Bar is a step ahead of any of the other watering holes on island. Ask the bartender what he’s drinking, and he’ll likely say something exotic like the Passion Fruit Mojito or the Botanist, a drink made from foraged forsythia flowers native to the surroundings.

4. West Tisbury Farmer’s Market. Score some local produce, artisan-blended teas, handmade beauty essentials and good eats here. Open on Saturdays form 9 a.m. to noon through early October, the WT market provides the island with a place to stock up on fresh, seasonal fare as well as enjoy a sense of community with neighboring farmers.

5. Home Port Restaurant. Hands down the best sunset view on island, Home Port serves classic New England-style food with a twist. Order the shrimp and hominy fritters with smoked tomato jam, and you won’t regret it. It’s also BYOB, so come prepared.

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