As soon as school gets out, we head to Nantucket for two weeks on the beach to decompress, relax, unwind, and otherwise recover from the insanity that is the end of the school year. For me, not having to grocery shop or cook every night is an essential component to my recovery, so we end up eating out a lot while we’re here. Besides, who wants to jockey for a parking spot at the Stop & Shop when the beach is calling? Here’s a list of our top 10 family friendly restaurants on island:
1. Millie’s – The only restaurant in Madaket, Millie’s serves up California Baja style tacos, quesadillas, and salads with lots of fresh fish and homemade guacamole…not to mention a darn fine margarita. The atmosphere is beachy casual, and if you time your dinner right, you can walk down to the beach for a spectacular sunset after dinner.
2. Fusaro’s – Serving up homemade Italian, Fusaro’s menu features all the standard kid foods (pizza, pasta, chicken tenders), as well as pasta classics, fresh meat and fish, and a few creative entrees like meatball salad and lobster mac n’ cheese.
3. Brotherhood of Thieves – “The Brotherhood” is the place for chowder, burgers, and fried seafood. Located right in town, it’s a great place for an early dinner followed by a stroll around downtown Nantucket. We prefer to sit outside. Their Blondie of Thieves dessert is completely outrageous.
4. LoLa Burger – For an upscale take on the classic burger, head to LoLa Burger. In addition to the classic burger and fries option, the menu includes a yellowfin tuna burger with wasabi mayo, a vegetarian falafel burger, and a lamb burger with feta and arugula. The truffle fries are well worth the upgrade.
5. Crosswinds – Located at the airport, Crosswinds has a surprisingly great breakfast. When our boys were younger and up at the crack of dawn, my husband would take them there to watch the planes land while he caffeinated and let me sleep in.
6. Bartlett Farm – If you’re headed to Cisco beach for the day and don’t want to pack lunch, Bartlett Farm has amazing salads and sandwiches to go. They also have fresh muffins and egg sandwiches in the morning, and a little playground outside. If you’re staying in Miacomet or Cisco, it’s a nice bike ride destination. In June, they also have pick-your-own strawberries.
7. The Muse – Our go-to for pizza night.
8. The Lobster Trap – Boiled, broiled, or baked and stuffed the Lobster Trap is the place for a classic New England lobster dinner. The menu is full of seaside favorites including fried fish and scallops, shrimp scampi, and a raw bar.
9. The Sea Grille – Billed as the “locals restaurant,” some claim that the Sea Grille has the best fresh fish on island. Located mid-island, the Sea Grille has been around for more than 20 years, so they must be doing something right.
10. The Juice Bar – It’s a little embarrassing how much ice cream we eat on Nantucket, but the Juice Bar is as good as its reputation. Homemade ice cream, waffle cones, smoothies, and flavors like the green monster (mint with cookie dough) make the Juice Bar worth waiting in line for.