We like clam chowder and lobster rolls as much as the next day tripper to Martha’s Vineyard, but once that ferry docks in Oak Bluffs, we head straight up the street for chocolate chip cookies at Slice of Life. It’s hard to say precisely what makes them so memorable — though it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re nearly 5 inches in diameter. The texture is crisp and chewy, the flavor intriguingly sweet and salty. Baker and chef Peter Smyth, who owns the business with his wife, Jen, will say only that three types of sugar contribute to the nuanced final product. Other cookie flavors include butterscotch, amaretti, oatmeal and dried cherry, and Shealyn bars (named after the Smiths’ daughter), made with the chocolate chip cookie base and the bakery’s homemade granola. Slice of Life is also a full-service restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you go for a meal, though, save room for cookies.
SLICE OF LIFE 50 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, 508-693-3838, www.sliceoflifemv.com
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