September 2, 2005
The Menemsha Fish Market isn't a restaurant, per se, but they do serve some of the best clam chowder and seafood chowder on the island. They also supply both fresh and prepared seafood to restaurants around the island. You can also buy direct from them for your own dinner party, whether it's a family meal or a large party: lobsters, shrimp, scallops, squid, tuna, flounder, swordfish, other fish and shellfish, coups, and smoked fish.
If you're not that certain about what the differences are between selections, or you need advice on how to cook it, Menemsha offers excellent advice. Their goal is to make sure that you are happy with your purchase.
Menemsha Fish Market has been in operation since 1946, and they have an excellent reputation both for prices and quality. For example, live lobsters are just $8 to $10/pound, depending on the size of the lobster. Their prices are outstanding for fresh fish, and if you cannot make it to Martha's Vineyard, Menemsha can possibly ship to you.
The day I visited - to nosh on some of their famous chowders, and to pick up some scallops and shrimp to make for dinner - there was a huge lobster in the tanks. Curious, I asked how many pounds he was. Seventeen pounds, the reply came, and he had just been purchased by a family who was going to make the giant lobster the centerpiece of their clambake. One of the gentlemen was gracious enough to lift the lobster out of the tank so I could take a picture of it.
Whether it's to snack on a bit of chowder or planning an event, you can't go wrong with Menemsha Fish Market.
The Menemsha Fish Market is open daily, 7am-9pm.
From journal A Few Days on The Vineyard