I know that this is a Boston board, and so this is technically a little off point, but I looked at Greater New England and only saw some old posts, and I know from past experience that this board is knowledgeable and lively.
Going to Nantucket for the last week in August with four children under four - there will probably be one night where we adults go out. Could be fancy, could just be the right place to go with the right view. Made a reservation at American Seasons just to have one. Would also like to know where the right place to get sandwiches, burgers, pizza - either take out/or kid-friendly are.
Great recommendations so far. Something Natural is a classic (choc chip cookies mmmmm) but two places I like for sandwiches are 'Fresh' on Salem near Grand Union (they also have wine and liquor) and 'Walter's' on Broad st.
For dinner I really like American Seasons as well. This year I've had great meals at Straight Wharf which has a nice harbor view if you can score one of the outside tables. I also really like the renovations they did at Galley Beach (The Galley), it's close to town, and the view is killer, the best. Actually If it were up to me I'd go to the Galley for drinks then to American Seasons for dinner.
Queequeg's, also downtown, is doing a pretty good breakfast this year and is a solid alternative to Susan's.
54 Jefferson Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554
American Seasons is my favorite, and I like Straight Wharf a lot, too.
For sandwiches, Provisions, by the Straight Wharf folks, is excellent. Their smoked bluefish pâté (available for takeout) is to die for.
Straight Wharf Restaurant
6 Harbor Sq, Nantucket, MA 02554
80 Center St, Nantucket, MA 02554
American Seasons is one of our favorite places on Nantucket for a nice dinner out. The Pearl is excellent as well.
A bit more casual, but some of the most consistently best food on the island is Black Eyed Susans. They have 2 seatings and I don't believe take reservations. You can go into town around 5pm and put your name in for the later seating. Call ahead to check with the restaurant though.
Something Natural is tops for sandwiches and baked goods. We hit it before the beach.
The Brotherhood of Thieves is good for burgers or casual food with the kids.
Enjoy the island. Great time of year to be there. If you are taking a car (expensive but worth it), load up on alcohol, wine and food on the mainland so you don't get gouged on the island. Bartlett Farm on the island is great for locally grown produce for when you are cooking in.
Thanks! I remembered Something Natural from a long weekend trip to Nantucket eight years ago, and I'm glad to know it's still thriving.
I wish we were taking a car, but alas we didn't get it together on the house rental until June, by which time we could get a car on but not off the island, so we'll be stuffing our kids' pockets with airport bottles and cheddar bunnies . . . just kidding. The house we're renting is in town, and we've got bike trailers for pulling children and stuff, so hopefully it won't be too bad.
And, I just cross-posted similarly on the Southern New England Board.