Morning Glory

An unpretentious breakfast standout

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ere’s one of our favorite Vineyard secrets: Linda Jean’s, an island of unpretentiousness on an island of—well, you get the point. Simple, friendly, and down to earth, this unlikely dive-y diner is a great place to start your mornings. (Lunch and dinner are served here, too, with simple salads, sandwiches, and burgers, but we like the breakfasts best.) Grab a seat in one of the cozy booths and try the Maine wild blueberry pancakes, or “the Mess”: scrambled eggs with spinach, onions, and Swiss cheese, served with home fries, toast, and coffee. Do what the locals do and go early (or late) to avoid the line.

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Martha’s Vineyard was named in 1602 by the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, whose mother-in-law and daughter both were named Martha. But until the 18th century some confused islanders called it Martin’s Vineyard after the captain of Gosnold’s ship, the John Martin.

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