The best part about deciding where to eat on your off-season Nantucket getaway? Reservations (often) not required. So many of the restaurants visitors clamor to get into during the frenzied summer months take on a whole new vibe this time of year — chill, slow, and an invitation to languish. Some go completely off-line for periods at the beginning of the year (so always check here to confirm what’s open), but to get a sense of where to start exploring, check out this guide fellow food writer Kelli Acciardo and I put together recently for Parade Magazine:
Instagrammable America: 13 of the Best Nantucket Restaurants, Bars & Breweries To Hit On Your Next Trip
I will say, during this cozy season, my first stop is Brotherhood of Thieves for the French onion soup (see the bubbling cheese pouring over the rim complete with a paper doily – perfection!) paired with one of Cisco’s on tap IPAs. Maybe President Joe Biden does too, as he and his family stopped by the Brotherhood earlier this month. When keeping it casual, you can’t go wrong with a brick oven pie from Pi Pizzeria paired with bottle of red (make this your take out plan, or sneak a seat at the tiny 9-seat bar). Enjoy an afternoon at SeaGrille snacking on the cornmeal crusted oysters or a heartier swordfish frites. I like to start at least one morning at Crosswinds at the airport — breakfast here is served 365 days a year, is the off the charts and worth the trek inland (welcome to the smack dab center of the island). Of course, you dining plans can include Nautilus, Dune and brunch at Breeze at The Nantucket Hotel — in other words, the options are plentiful.
But take a closer look at the Parade guide for Nantucket noshing, or ask me anything on Instagram at @newportstyle.