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A Sandwich a Day: The Bluefish L.T. at Home Port's Back Door in Menemsha, MA

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The freshest bluefish in the simplest sandwich. [Photograph: Elizabeth Bomze]

The B(luefish) L. T. ($12) is the sleeper hit on the menu at Home Port's Back Door in Menemsha (open for the season until at least Labor Day). And though it's not much to look at, it might just be the best sandwich on the western end of Martha's Vineyard.

The thick, skin-on fillet, cut from fish that are pulled from Vineyard waters, is quickly seared and packed into a soft (but not squishy) burger bun with creamy tartar sauce, shredded iceberg, and a slice of tomato. Nothing unusual, except that bluefish this fresh is hard to come by, and serves as a reminder of what it's supposed to taste like: rich and savory, like dark meat, but subtly sweet and clean-tasting, with nary a drop of its usual "fishy" flavor.

Home Port Back Door

512 North Road, Menemsha, MA 02535 (map)
508-645-2679; homeportmv.com

About the author: Liz Bomze lives in Brookline, MA, and works as the Senior Features Editor for Cook's Illustrated Magazine. In her free time, she freelances regularly for the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Improper Bostonian, and Martha's Vineyard Magazine; practices bread-baking and canning; takes photos; reads; and watches baseball. Top 5 foods: fresh noodles, gravlax, sour cherry pie, burrata, ma po tofu.

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