We’ve all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” With this we agree, unless it’s Sunday and we need a Bloody Mary, in which case we’re opting for brunch. On Martha’s Vineyard there’s enough eggs (many local and farm fresh) and french toast to go around, but here we’ll be focusing on the options in the bustling down of Oak Bluffs, home to one of the Steamship Authority terminals, and the Oak Bluffs harbor which services the Hyline, Island Queen, Seastreak, and Rhode Island Fast Ferry. So even if you’re just arriving hungry off the boat you’ll find an earnest supply of morning dining options.
Here’s our round up of breakfast and brunch spots in “OB” (as the locals refer to it) but keep in mind there’s many other bakeries (like the famous Back Door Donuts) and coffee shops nearby too!
Oak Bluffs Breakfast
Linda Jeans: Located on Circuit Avenue since 1976, this has been a family favorite and an Island staple for classics like omelets, pancakes, and waffles to the more creative like their Green Eggs and Ham. Open everyday 6am to 8pm.
Biscuits: Located across from the Oak Bluffs harbor this seasonal spot is known for their Southern inspired dishes like their sausage gravy and biscuits and fried chicken and waffles. Open Monday to Sunday 7am to 3:30pm, expect to wait for a table.
Slice of Life: Located on Circuit Avenue, this casual café bakery serves breakfast from scratch daily year round from 8 to 11am. Try their breakfast nachos topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, black beans, roasted red peppers, scallions, salsa and sour cream, or their famous Fried Green Tomato BLT (with basil mayonnaise on our toasted homemade rosemary bread) topped with two fried eggs.
Farm Neck Cafe: Located on the world renowned Farm Neck golf course this full service restaurant is open to the public. It’s a hidden gem not far from the bustle of the Island’s downtowns and serves breakfast daily from 8 to 10am beginning June 26.
Oak Bluffs Brunch
Lolas: Located off of Beach Road in Oak Bluffs this southern seafood restaurant serves a popular Sunday Brunch Buffet on Sundays from 10am to 1:30pm, complete with a Build Your Own Bloody Mary option.
Beetlebung: Located on Circuit Avenue this trendy coffeehouse has been known to serve brunch every day from 10am until 3pm. We’re not yet sure what’s in store for this year but previously their brunch menu has included the classics along with more adventurous morning munchies like carnitas tacos. Reopening for the 2018 season on June 25.
Park Corner Food Bar: Located in Post Office Square, on the corner of Kennebec Ave. this cozy bar and New American bistro serves a beloved brunch year round, complimented by the perfect Bloody Mary, live music, or a classic movie. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
20 By Nine: Located on Kennebec Ave. this seasonal gathering spot is known for its extensive whiskey list, creative tapas and delicious Sunday brunch. Go extra hungry and opt for their Pig & Waffle dish, featuring pork loin, a sweet potato waffle and maple reduction. If it’s a nice day and you score a seat outside consider yourself extra lucky. Brunch begins at 10am on Sundays.
Cardboard Box: Located on Circuit Ave. and also accessible from an entrance on Kennebec Ave. this eclectic restaurant is the newest addition to the Oak Bluffs dining scene, offering brunch on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. We like the look of their steak and poached eggs and also their Fish Cakes Benedict. Bloody Mary drinker? Try it here with a jumbo shrimp cocktail skewer.
It's my job to love this place, and it's no work at all.