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The Black Dog, West Tisbury

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Shopping
Inspirock Rating:
3.2/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
The Black Dog is a restaurant and tavern in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The restaurant was founded in 1971, and became well known for its souvenir T-shirts, featuring its logo of the eponymous black dog. They subsequently expanded to sell other products with the same logo.The Black Dog T-shirts became well known during the 1990s as photographs of celebrities wearing the shirts began appearing in national publications. For example, a photograph of then-President Bill Clinton jogging while wearing one was distributed by national wire services. Black Dog merchandise became part of the Lewinsky scandal, as items from the store were purchased by Bill Clinton and given to Monica Lewinsky.Marketing at The Black Dog was effective. During the early 1990s, the merchandise was only sold at the Martha's Vineyard location. Only a limited number of people were allowed in the store at one time, so lines formed down the wooden fenced ramp that ran from the front door. While waiting in line, visitors were given catalogs to browse. Nowadays, the merchandise is also available at "mainland" Cape Cod, Mystic, CT and Newport "Black Dog" stores as well as online.In 2000, The Black Dog released a cook book called The Black Dog Summer on the Vineyard Cookbook (ISBN 0316339326). In 2006, The Black Dog recalled approximately 9700 children's sweatshirts because they had a drawstring that poses a strangulation hazard. When Black Dog continued selling the clothing, the CPSC hit the company with a $50,000 fine. The New England Multihull Association and The Black Dog host a 22-mile yachting race from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown and back called the Black Dog Dash.
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  • We knew dining on the Vineyard would be expensive, so we weren't too surprised, but some others definitely were. Expect to pay at least $20 a person for a meal. We both loved what we ordered. However,...  read more »
  • This has become nothing more than an overpriced tourist trap. (Overpriced to the tune of $2-$3 more per plate than other places on the island!) I came here for breakfast with my family, a group of 7 t...  read more »
  • Great girl running place but it's tiny and filled with overpriced stuff that mostly doesn't even say Martha's Vineyard because they have stores on the mainland I assume. The outlet store at the ferry ...  read more »
  • The blueberry pancakes were delicious. Perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. We also got two Benedicts that were not good. The service was also slow.
  • Great food and great service. The portions were generous and everything was very fresh. Our server went above and beyond and got us a cab to take us to our final deatination. Mostly everyone had omelets which were lovely, I had the shaggy benedict which was really rich and I would probably go with something else if we were ever there again.
  • First timer after all these years and their breakfast lived up to their reputation. Excellent homemade hash and great strawberry chocolate pancakes. On the downside, no A/C made for a sweltering experience for customers and staff alike.
  • We used to love it years ago (like 20) and tried to stop in for dinner but took one look at the OVER prices and decided to go somewhere else. There is a dinner for 2 that's $115 the rest hovered around the $35 mark. I'm guessing it's just a major tourist trap now. And not the kind of place where I would drop that kind of money. it doesn't have the atmosphere. Buy the shirt, skip the resteraunt.
  • Ruined my day. I had lunch here and immediately became extremely ill. Just finished vomiting up my mediocre (at best) codfish sandwich.
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