Whether it’s clams on a bench by the pier or an artfully roasted chicken with pan jus, New England is home to many dishes mouthwatering enough to make Boston chefs hang up their aprons and jump in the car. Here, some of the city’s best toques share their favorite restaurants on the road—and what you should order on your next weekend getaway.
Destination: Martha’s Vineyard
A trip to the Vineyard is a homecoming for Keenan Langlois, who grew up on the island. He and his friends kick off the summer there with a trip to Coop de Ville for hot wings, stuffed quahogs and cold beer. “It’s our ritual. The quahogs are ridiculous,” he says. “I tried to reproduce them… but I think it has something to do with the setting—the beers, the sunset, sitting out on the harbor in sunglasses. It just only comes together if you’re there.” The 30-year-old restaurant is perched on the dock in Oak Bluffs, which has all the makings of a classic New England resort town—“cool restaurants and shops, beaches and a movie theater within walking distance”—and also boasts a site special to Langlois’ boyhood: the Flying Horses Carousel, a national landmark that was constructed in 1876 and moved from Coney Island to Oak Bluffs in 1884. The oldest operating platform carousel in America is his can’t-miss highlight while in town.