Monday, July 11, 2011

Restaurant Roundup: Offshore Ale Company, Martha's Vineyard MA

Nothing seems to signal summer more than the start of tourist season here in Massachusetts.  Crowds flock to the Atlantic's shores to cool off and recharge......and eat, of course!  While spending a day on Martha's Vineyard, I caught dinner at The Offshore Ale Company.

This Zagat rated restaurant and brewing company has received many accolades over the years, including the vote for Best of the Vineyard from 2004 until 2009.  The restaurant seats many indoors though I recommend that you snag a seat on the hedge-lined patio.  Next, grab the beer menu and search out that perfect cold one.  May I also suggest that you grab some of the complimentary peanuts while waiting for your beer...and toss them shells on the floor.  :)

Offshore serves lunch (11:30a-3p), an afternoon pub menu (3-5p), and dinner (5p-close) so expect that the menu does vary at times.  However, the majority of the menu is typically available.  While there is the standard pub fare (think wings, calamari, burgers), there is also plenty of other choices.  Offshore offers a wide variety of fresh seafood, hearty dinner fare, and brick-oven pizzas....including a delicious sounding Roasted Duck Pizza I am dying to sink my teeth into! 

However, on my trip there, we grabbed a Caprese Salad with juicy chicken, colorful tomatoes, and thick slices of mozzarella (though, sadly, it seems not to be on the menu this year)...

...a Chicken Quesadilla absolutely stuffed with chicken, spinach, tomatoes, and gooey cheeses....

...and the Kettle of Steamed Mussels in a tomato-fennel broth.

Now that I've wiped the drool off of my keyboard, here are the extraneous details...

The Offshore Ale Company is open 7 days a week, year round, but do check on the closing time as it varies from season to season.  Swing by on a Tuesday or Wednesday for some live music!

Offshore Ale Company is located at 30 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA.

PS Thirsty for some of their brews but no vacation time in sight?  (Boo!)  No worries - Offshore Ale can also be found in some liquor stores and restaurants throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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