Owned and operated by the Coogan family since 2004, the Wharf restaurant and Pub is located at the bottom of Main Street in downtown Edgartown. Behind separate entrances, you’ll find two distinct sides to this establishment. Behind the door marked “the Pub”, you’ll find a long, narrow, wood-paneled bar, frequented by locals and seasonal visitors alike. With 12 beers on tap, the Pub is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat, catch the Red Sox game, or grab a few beers with friends. Through the second entrance is the main dining room, with a family-friendly vibe and plenty of seating at the tables and cozy booths. The Wharf’s menu has a good deal of variety; from pub fare like burgers, nachos and fries, to fresh seafood, salads and steak.
Served with roasted tomatoes and a balsamic glaze, the Grilled Shrimp Bruschetta is a good choice for a light snack. The acidity of the glaze and tomatoes keep things light, and the grilled bread is nice and crusty.
Formerly a Southern specialty, fried pickles have been popping up on menus all over New England in the past few years. The Wharf’s version consists of dill pickle slices, battered and fried and served with a honey mustard dipping sauce. They have just enough crispy batter to coat them and the sweetness of the honey mustard contrasts nicely with the salty, garlicky pickle slices.
One of the more unique appetizers at the Wharf, the Chowder Fries are like a New England version of Quebec’s Poutine. It sounds strange, but the combination of French fries and clam chowder topped with two types of melted cheese is actually quite good. The fries soak up a lot of the chowder flavor and the cheese slowly melts over the hot dish, getting gooier as you eat. They make for quite a filling appetizer, and would probably be a fantastic hangover cure.
The Wharf offers the usual sandwiches, burgers and Paninis that you might expect, but they also have a few options for those that are looking for something a bit different. The Blackened Swordfish Sandwich is served on a bulky roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and a zesty Cajun aioli. It’s a great alternative to the standard “fish sandwich” with tartar sauce.
You can also order a burger topped with Linguica, or if you’re feeling decadent, lobster. The Surf & Turf Burger comes with a dose of lobster salad on top and your choice of fries, coleslaw or kettle chips.
With Linguica and littleneck clams, as well as onion, tomato and garlic, the Pan Roasted Cod is faintly reminiscent of Portuguese cooking. It’s served on a bed of mashed potatoes that mixes wonderfully with the spicy broth. The fish was cooked nicely and came apart like Cod should, in big, loose flakes. When bitten into, the roasted cherry tomatoes burst with flavor and add a bright fresh flavor to the rich and hearty meal.
One of KD’s go-to choices is the Veggie Pasta. The Penne is served in a white wine sauce made with tomato, spinach, artichokes, onion, fresh mozzarella and garlic. While most veggie pastas can be a bit boring, the Wharf’s is flavorful, with oozy cheese and large chunks of vegetables that have a little bite to them.
If you are in the mood for whole lobster, there are a couple of options, including the Lunch Lobster, a steamed 1-¼ lb. lobster that comes with french fries and a side of coleslaw.
The Grilled Chicken Breast has a bit of a Greek flavor, from the roasted tomatoes and Kalamata olives. It sits on a layer of wilted spinach and a bed of mashed potatoes with the occasional fleck of red potato skin. The chicken is seasoned with pepper and has a slightly charred, crispy skin. The olives add a punchy, briny note that really cuts through smoky flavor of the chicken.
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