Nantucket's Best Noms

For the New Yorker looking for more than just the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore every weekend: welcome to Nantucket. I can promise you won’t run into Snookie or JWowww here.

Keys to blending in: drive a white Jeep Wrangler, wear some form of Red Sox gear and incorporate the word “wicked” into your vocabulary as often as possible.

Nantucket, Massachusetts has a summer population of 55,000, but a year-round population of only 10,000. The historical island encompasses everything you’d want in a weekend getaway: bars, beaches, shopping and *drum roll please* FOOD!

With New York City quality chefs at every restaurant, the eats on this little island are endless. Luckily for you, I scoured the cobblestone streets looking for the best of the best. No handmade cinnamon doughnut or truffle butter linguine left unturned!

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it…

Breakfast

Fog Island Cafe

Located right off of Main Street, this spot fulfills all your breakfast cravings. Their menu is stacked with anything from cheesy bacon deliciousness to healthy avocado and sprout toast. Not to mention their B.Y.O.O. options (build your own omelette, of course.)

That being said, I am a sucker for all things Benedict. Whether it be eggs or handsome British actors with the last name Cumberbatch.

“Tex Mex Skillet” stacked with home fries, pico de Gallo, chorizo and cheesy eggs Courtesy of Fog Island Cafe

“Tex Mex Skillet” stacked with home fries, pico de Gallo, chorizo and cheesy eggs

Courtesy of Fog Island Cafe

“Bene Du Jour” - fancy for pesto eggs Benedict (with a side of veggie home fries). Courtesy of Fog Island Cafe

“Bene Du Jour” - fancy for pesto eggs Benedict (with a side of veggie home fries).

Courtesy of Fog Island Cafe

Lunch

Millie’s

This hot spot is located in Madaket, a village on the west end of the island known for its beachy, surf vibe. Though Millie’s generally has a Baja-style/Mexican cuisine theme, their chef knows how to serve up a wicked lobster roll. (See what I did there…)

“Bartlett Farm Quesadilla” Stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, roasted eggplant, tomato, sweet corn, salad and jack & cheddar cheese.

“Bartlett Farm Quesadilla”

Stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, roasted eggplant, tomato, sweet corn, salad and jack & cheddar cheese.

“Hither Creek Fish Tacos” Grilled striped bass in corn tortillas with tomatoes, sweet corn salad, guacamole, and lime sour cream.

“Hither Creek Fish Tacos”

Grilled striped bass in corn tortillas with tomatoes, sweet corn salad, guacamole, and lime sour cream.

"Muskeget" Traditional New England-style lobster roll on buttered, toasted brioche roll with lettuce and tomato

"Muskeget"

Traditional New England-style lobster roll on buttered, toasted brioche roll with lettuce and tomato

Date night

Dune

Located in the heart of town, Dune is ideal for date night. Grab food outside on the patio and some post-dinner cocktails at the bar inside.

Start with the “Chilled Nantucket Grey Lady Oysters” with melon-champagne “iced” mignonette, cucumber and basil.

"Chilled Nantucket Grey Lady Oysters"  melon-champagne “iced” mignonette, cucumber and basil.

"Chilled Nantucket Grey Lady Oysters"
 melon-champagne “iced” mignonette, cucumber and basil.

“Sautéed Atlantic Halibut” sitting in New England chowder with summer vegetables, smoked bacon, grilled corn and sea beans

Sautéed Atlantic Halibut
sitting in New England chowder with summer vegetables, smoked bacon, grilled corn and sea beans

“Roasted Red + Gold Beets Salad” with whipped goat cheese, beet vinaigrette, pistachios and balsamic.

Roasted Red + Gold Beets Salad”
with whipped goat cheese, beet vinaigrette, pistachios and balsamic.

"Warm Brioche Doughnut" earl grey sugar, lemon curd, blueberry sauce

"Warm Brioche Doughnut"
earl grey sugar, lemon curd, blueberry sauce

I finished it off with a warm brioche doughnut covered in earl grey sugar, stuffed with lemon curd and blueberry sauce. And of course a Chocolate Ganache with chocolate crumble, mint sorbet and butter cream.

Let the words “butter cream” be an indication of my beach body’s current status.

Dessert

The Juice Bar

If you know anything about Nantucket, you’ve likely heard of the Juice Bar. Known for their homemade ice cream, waffle cones, and a line out the door and around the block. I kid you not, you can almost always guarantee on a line when going to the Juice Bar. At least the smell of fresh homemade waffle cones in the air makes waiting bearable.

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Courtesy of The Juice Bar

Quick Bite

Oath Craft Pizza

Located en route to the ferry docks, Oath Craft makes the greatest thin crust (and gluten-free) pizza in town.

Oath Craft Pizza Nantucket
Oath Craft Pizza Nantucket

Ok.. then of course, pizza in dessert form.

Oath Craft Pizza Nantucket

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