Still reeling from the $23 price tag of a pint of clams at the Bite, we approached seafood shack the Net Result in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard with caution. This combination take-out joint and fish market gets their catch daily from Larsen’s in Menemsha, so they could charge a lot for the fresh quality. But we were pleasantly surprised to find some of the best prices on the island at this casual picnic spot with views of the harbor.
Don’t expect a lot of frills here; just get in line and follow the various instructions on hand-written signs around the room.
Net Result has all the standard fare like steamed clams, chowder, lobster rolls and fish sandwiches – plus a few interesting twists like fish tacos and sushi made to order.
We opted for the steamers. Just an appetizer-size portion of these juicy, sweet clams ($9) served with melted butter was enough for lunch when you added a side of onion rings. They weren’t as large as the Chatham Squire’s signature quahogs, but the smaller size also meant the taste was more delicate.
The lightly salted and spiced crust of these onion rings yielded to incredibly sweet onion ($5) inside, fried til just tender but still slightly crunchy. Paired with seafood, Nantucket Nectars lemonade, a picnic table and a view of the harbor, the Net Result’s are some of the best onion rings you’ll find anywhere.
A substantial swordfish sandwich came grilled, lightly dusted with spice and served on a toasted bun with lettuce and tomato. It was at once plain, fancy and just what we needed.
The Net Result
79 Beach Road
Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard