Unveil the culinary treasures of Nantucket and its vibrant food scene with fresh seafood, island-inspired dishes, and fine dining experiences.
If you’re a YA bookworm, chances are you’ve stumbled upon Nantucket—the dreamy destination that sets writers’ hearts ablaze. It’s always the same old story: a misfit city girl spending her summer on the island, somehow falling head over heels for the local baker. Cliché, but a great read nonetheless.
Tucked away in Massachusetts, just a stone’s throw from Boston, Nantucket is where the rich and fancy East Coasters flock when the sun is shining. With three quaint lighthouses and a real estate market not suitable for the faint-hearted, it has become a holiday favorite for the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, Joe Biden, and James Franco. But what, if anything, is there to actually do on the island besides lounging and looking pretty? Eating, apparently.
Nantucket’s Food Scene
If you’re on an island, it goes without saying that you’re going to want some seafood. Sayle’s is quite understated, located in one of your typical Nantucket timber beach houses. It serves what any hearty seafood meal should; steamers, mussels, clam chowder, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, butter, and broth.
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Island Kitchen has the whole hippie island vibe going on and serves some of the best bowls in the area. But it’s not just bowls, Island Kitchen takes pride in its delicious breakfast, crab sandwiches, and other seaside favorites.
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Straight Wharf is for coastal fine dining, with over six decades of history on the island. Every evening, their menus undergo a delightful transformation, guided by the seasons and whatever local ingredients they can procure.
You don’t get more central, or intimate, than at Black-Eyed Susans. With its convenient location and intriguing menu, it is the kind of place that fills up fast, and for which you’re going to have to make reservations with plenty of notice. Their cauliflower carnitas, however, make it well worth the wait.