It was way back in 1994 that Vermonters Bob and Melinda Blanchard kicked off their Caribbean culinary adventure, building a restaurant between a dirt road and the sea on a luscious strip of Meads Bay beachfront. It's a good tale, one told with wry charm in the Blanchards' book "A Trip to the Beach." The Blanchards are still here living on island time, having expanded their business to include Blanchards Beach Shack next door. But this, their main restaurant, continues to rock the beach, serving delicious, unfussy food with real savoir-faire in a candlelit room with tile floors and teal shutters thrown open to the salt breezes. We still can't pass up the lobster-and-shrimp cakes, the richly scented cioppino, and the Caribbean sampler: crispy mahi, grilled crayfish (local spotted lobster), and jerk chicken. Everything is beautifully prepared and remarkably fresh, but oy, these prices. A good deal is the three-course prix fixe dinner ($48), a thoughtful menu sampler of appetizer, main course, and dessert. Of course, if you really want to pay less to partake of the Blanchards' flavorful food, head next door to the barefoot pleasures of the beach shack, open for lunch and dinner.
Meads Bay, West End
Our Rating Neighborhood Meads Bay Hours Mon–Sat 6:30pm–closing; closed Sun, and Aug 24–Oct 31 Phone 264/497-6100 Prices Main courses $38–$61 Cuisine Type INTERNATIONAL/ISLAND Web site Blanchards
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