While I love a lobster roll or a fried fish sandwich as much as any New Englander, I also crave the umami flavors of teriyaki chicken or a piece of perfectly crunchy fried chicken. At TigerHawk Sandwich Co. in Oak Bluffs you can get both and so much more — including vegetarian dishes.

Since TigerHawk opened on Circuit avenue in May 2021, chef/owner Jimmy Alvarado has served up hearty portions of fresh and flavorful Asian-fusion food, blending his Peruvian roots with Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese influences. Jimmy has a long history in Island kitchens, including Isola and the restaurant at the Lambert’s Cove Inn (now called Woods).

This year Jimmy’s wife Rachel Alvarado joined the business. With a background in program management and a master's in arts and cultural management, Rachel has always helped Jimmy with events and pop-ups, and is now happy to put her skills to use helping to run TigerHawk full-time. TigerHawk will also be doing more catering gigs this season.

What to eat when you visit TigerHawk? The menu now includes breakfast items (available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and noodle specials (like spicy dan dan and mama ramen), that are available Thursdays through Saturdays. You may have a hard time deciding, but we've chosen five things we'd put at the top of our list (see next page) .

1. Porchetta My Heart ($16)

The blend of flavors in this sandwich makes it a standout: roasted pork with caper mayonnaise, sharp provolone cheese and slightly crunchy broccoli rabe. The sandwiches are big enough to share, but you won’t want to!

2. Egg Banh Mi ($12)

If you want to up your breakfast sandwich game, try the TigerHawk version: two eggs, pickles, umami mayonnaise, jalapeno and cilantro on a baguette. It’s a flavor explosion, and what better way to start the day?

3. Fried Chicken Sandwich, Tiger-Style ($16)

People drive across the Island for the fried chicken sandwiches at TigerHawk and now I know what they're after: a piece of perfectly fried chicken on a brioche bun, topped with pickles, sweet chili sauce and miso mayo.

4. French fries ($4)

On an Island with a lot of French fry options, TigerHawk’s fries are a standout. Thin, crunchy, with just the right amount of salt, they are a must alongside any sandwich.

5. Smoky Beets ($5 small / $8 large)

Beet lovers will adore these and beet haters will be converted with one bite of these intensely flavorful beets. Order them topped with the house umami sauce and crispy garlic and onions. TigerHawk Sandwich Co. 12B Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs.


TigerHawk Sandwich Co.


Order by phone or online: tigerhawkmv.com

Summer hours:

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays


Available for catering