Venture “up island” to the Vineyard’s less-populated western side to sample seasonal New American cuisine at local stalwart State Road. The agrarian outpost’s remote location hasn’t stopped diners like the Obamas and Seth Meyers’s wedding after-partiers from trekking out to its refined barnlike space
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It’s easy to stack your menu with local produce and meats and declare yourself a farm-to-table restaurant—but to rise above today’s sustainable pack, you have to present those expertly sourced fava beans and fresh fiddlehead ferns in different, exciting ways.
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You are in for a treat at State Road, with attentive service and a menu filled with locally sourced items (don’t forget to try the quahog fritters). During the winter, the restaurant is full during weekly burger nights.
TripAdvisor is delighted to award State Road Restaurant with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence.This prestigious award recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.
Sitting at the bar of State Road Restaurant, March rain tapping overhead, I swear the Vineyard’s got them all beat. At $8/glass, iced to perfection and without a trace of alcohol—the State Road mocktail is an indulgence that rivals any of its alcoholic contemporaries.
This country chic farmhouse restaurant is one of the Obamas’ favorite dinner spots. State Road focuses its attention on local seafood, ingredients, and produce—some of which is grown in their very own backyard garden! For dessert, try the private label chocolate bars uniquely named after each Vineyard town. We love the “Edgar-Bar.”
NBC NEWS MORNING JOE “State Road Restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard –may be best dinner ever!!! ” – Mika Brzezinski
COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE At State Road Restaurant, flanked by low stone walls and flower gardens, try a delicious fried green tomato BLT or savory field greens salad for lunch. If you make it in time for breakfast, the homemade granola is a heavenly way to start the day.
DAILY CANDY BOSTON Any spot plating bacon cheddar jalapeno grits and a weekly rotating hash is all right in our book. The After Eleven menu doubly entices with steamed clams with homemade spicy pork sausage and the fried green tomato BLT.
TRIPADVISOR Trip Advisor is delighted to recognize State Road Restaurant with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence. This prestigious award places State Road Restaurant in the top 10% of businesses world-wide on Trip Advisor. It is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from Trip Advisor travelers.
THE BOSTON GLOBE To see Mary and Jackson Kenworth in their restaurant, State Road, you’d think the couple and the Martha’s Vineyard property had always been together. There are functional herb and vegetable gardens that flank the entry in warm weather.
BEST OF THE VINEYARD For special nights out, State Road features a locally sourced menu and seasonal selections with an upscale twist, and a brand-new beer and wine license is sure to keep this West Tisbury stand-out a steady favorite.
BEST OF BOSTON Rustic-cool State Road reflects the woodsy, Berkshires kind of vibe that defines West Tisbury. Yet the excellent dishes like pancetta-wrapped bluefish, milk-braised pork stracci and Menemsha lobster spaghetti all have the sophistication of the finest city restaurants.
CONDE NASTE TRAVELER But for dinner, all my friends agree: the best place to dine is State Road in West Tisbury. It has a remarkably varied menu based on local ingredients. Jackson and Mary, the owners, have a great way with the staff. You feel welcome there.
BEST OF THE VINEYARD Expect Island foods with a twist at farmhouse bistro State Road. Stroll through an herb garden before settling down in the bustling bar, cozy porch, or stately main room – all tastefully decorated with original art and antiques.
SERIOUS EATS West Tisbury’s only fine-dining establishment is also the Island’s best—if you want one splurge meal on the Vineyard, this is the place to go—with chef Austin Racine turning out some truly spectacular dishes from whatever’s freshest that day.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Mary Kenworth, an owner of State Road Restaurant, in West Tisbury, MA, displays heirloom tomatoes in a garden next to the restaurant. The President and the First Lady Michelle Obama dined at State Road Restaurant on Tuesday.
BEST OF THE VINEYARD West Tisbury applauds the opening of State Road, its newest restaurant, with its warm, welcoming décor. Patrons pack the place at lunch and dinner to sample the gourmet preparations of executive chef and owner Jackson Kenworth, who, with his wife Mary, has created an outstanding Vineyard eatery.
BOSTON HERALD Once a restaurant wasteland, Up-Island is now a hot dining destination on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out State Road, a new West Tisbury eatery owned by Jackson and Mary Kenworth, the original owners of Sweet Life and Slice of Life cafes in Oak Bluffs.
THE MARTHA’S VINEYARD TIMES State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury is a feel-good story in a season starved for good news. Only nine months ago, proprietors Mary and Jackson Kenworth were staring at a hole in the ground where a burned down former restaurant once stood.
THE NEW YORK TIMES It may not be as famous as the vegetable garden on Pennsylvania Avenue, but the herb and vegetable gardens at the new State Road Restaurant has its admirers. Opened in June 2009 State Road features American cuisine using local ingredients.
ZAGAT Housed in a newly built Vineyard-style farmhouse, State Road Restaurant’s rustic-chic environs include three dining rooms, tile and oak floors, vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace. I had the best meal here that I have ever had on the Vineyard – and I have been eating here for 40 years. Every dish we ordered was excellent or better, from the fried artichokes to the ricotta fritters.
W MAGAZINE Rumor on Martha’s Vineyard is that the Obamas will vacation there this summer and Island residents are guessing that the first couple will head to State Road in West Tisbury. The new locavore restaurant from chef-owners Mary and Jackson Kenworth who became beloved by Vineyarders when they owned the The Sweet Life Cafe and Slice of Life.
When Mary Kenworth met her chef husband Jackson more than 20 years ago, she had no intention of getting involved in the restaurant business. Now, with 15 years of proprietary experience behind them, they are an unstoppable team.
VINEYARD GAZETTE The Limpopo is a river in Botswana. It is also the name of a doughnut served at State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury. But this is not just any doughnut as anyone who as eaten one, or 30, say, in a week-long binge will attest. It is the perfect doughnut.