First opened in 1943, the Artcliff Diner in Vineyard Haven has long been considered one the best spots on Martha’s Vineyard for breakfast. The diner is quite cozy inside, with a dozen tables and a traditional counter along the back wall, complete with a handful of swivel stools.
As popular as the Artcliff is, during the summer season there is usually a healthy wait for a table. With fresh, inventive food, generous portions and reasonable prices, customers seem happy to wait their turn for a meal at the Artcliff.
Artcliff bakes their own scones, with a different variety on special each day. Fresh-baked and moist on the inside, these scones had a golden brown, crusty exterior. Studded with tart cranberries and dusted with powdered sugar, they had a wonderful balance of sweet and savory.
The Breakfast Tacos are a great example of what the Artcliff does best. Slices of grilled chorizo are combined with scrambled eggs, salsa and cheddar cheese all served in a pair of flour tortillas. Smoky, spicy chorizo adds punch to the scrambled eggs and the fresh salsa brings a bright note to the tacos. The melted cheddar cheese helps to cool the chorizo’s heat, and the tortillas have a pleasant, doughy chew.
One of the most popular dishes at the Artcliff, the Spicy Chicken Hash is served with two eggs and avocado, red onion and sour cream on the side. The yolks were perfectly runny and a combined with the chunks of potato and chicken, adding a lush richness to the dish. Smooth avocado and sour cream balance out the spice and the onions add a bit of crunch.
They also have great daily specials, like this Grilled Pork Chop with black beans, salsa verde and two Grey Barn Farm eggs. Again, the eggs were cooked to perfection, with runny yolks and light fluffy whites. Full of cilantro, the salsa was packed with flavor, and complemented cumin-seasoned hash. Moist and meaty, the pork chop was cooked just right, with a hint of pink in the center. KD declared it, “My kind of breakfast!”
A few years ago, the Artcliff added a food truck to their arsenal. After the restaurant closes, the truck serves dinner and late-night treats, turning the Artcliff’s parking lot into one of the Vineyard’s newest nighttime hotspots. The truck is also available for catering and private events. The Artcliff diner serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, with the food truck opening most nights at 5 p.m.
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