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Culinary Adventures in Nantucket?

I want to plan a trip to Nantucket, two days and was wondering what's out there? Any great bakeries, chocolate shops, restaurants, street food? What's been your favorite? What should I avoid? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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  1. I loved Downyflake ...wowsa donuts..have a blast..too many amazing places..I defer to our resident Nantucket expert, Ciclista

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    Downyflake Restaurant
    18 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554

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    1. re: phelana

      Street food is non-existent, sadly. Nantucket is very expensive, too (just so you know). That being said, you can make a nice dinner out of apps at many of the nicer restaurants (Oran Mor, Le Languedoc, Boarding House, The Pearl, Straight Wharf), otherwise look for entree prices in the $30s and up. The Galley at Cliffside Beach and The Wauwinet are both extremely expensive, but have killer views and atmosphere, so if you want to go for a $17 drink, that's nice. A local and CH favorite is Black Eyed Susan's (downtown). It is in an old diner and is BYOB...and very popular. It is not inexpensive, but it seems like it is because there's no booze padding your bill. Entrees are in the 20s, plus they offer some small plate/large plate options, which I like. The reservations policy is a bit draconian: they will give you a 6:00 reservation over the phone, bit if you want something later (like 7:30), you or someone in your party must physically be there on the sidewalk at 6:00, they'll seat those 6:00s, then start a list for the 7:30 seating. Once the 6:00 line was so long, they filled the 7:30 seating and I could only get a 9:00 rez. PS- cash only. Lola 41 is good food (and sushi, too!) and fun crowd, and Sfoglia (out of town, near Stop & Shop) is also recommended.

      Bakeries are ok. Daily Breads is my fave. They do sweet things, but are more known for their breads. Nantucket Bake Shop is very good. Downyflake donuts and their breakfasts are the BEST (out of town, near Stop & Shop, too).

      Chocolate is just ok. (Sweet Inspirations on Center St, downtown). Expensive!! I prefer Chatham Candy Manor on the Cape!

      Report back!

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      Straight Wharf Restaurant
      6 Harbor Sq, Nantucket, MA 02554

      Lola 41
      15 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554

      Downyflake Restaurant
      18 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554

      Sfoglia Restaurant
      130 Pleasant St, Nantucket, MA 02554

    2. Joined ChowHound just to answer you. Great bakery: Daily Breads on Orange St and the new Petticoat Row Bakery on Centre St, Chocolate shops: Sweet Inspiration and The Nantucket Candy Co (opposite ends of Centre St.) For dinner, you cannot do better than the Company of the Cauldron on India St. They do two seatings a night, check the posted menu to see if it's to your liking. 2nd dinner choice is definitely Sfoglia (just out of town near the Stop and Shop). Breakfast: The Downyflake or Black Eyed Susan's. Lunch at Something Natural on Cliff Road is not to be missed. No street food, but head down Washington St extension to Sayle's Seafood for hug platters of fried clams and other seafood...it's the best seafood takeout on island. Juice Bar ice cream is everyone's favorite dessert. Enjoy!

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      Company of the Cauldron
      7 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554

      Downyflake Restaurant
      18 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554

      Sfoglia Restaurant
      130 Pleasant St, Nantucket, MA 02554

      Something Natural
      50 Cliff Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554

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      1. re: Nantucketer

        Thanks, Nantucketer...I totally forgot about the new bakery on Centre St, and the new chocolate shop, too! I don't get downtown much...

        1. re: ciclista

          The new bakery is out of this world. And downtown is a breeze now that it's past Labor Day.
          Also meant to suggest to Marnely that she go out to Bartlett's Farm and get some tomatoes. I think they sell them at the farmer's market on Saturdays downtown too. You have never had such a tomato.

      2. I second Something Natural as a lunch spot! The sandwiches are huge and tasty and made with their own bread. My favorite is the herb Bread.

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        Something Natural
        50 Cliff Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554

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        1. re: jonsull

          thank you so much for all these great tips and places to eat! I just viewed online that the last week of Sept. starts restaurant week, which makes it even better.
          Now, and I know this isn't food-talk....but what about things to do, places to visit, where to stay? I will probably just stay for two days (tues-wed) and want to really explore. Even thought I live on the Vineyard, I don't normally island hop, so I want to have a good fill of Nantucket while I am there.

        2. Seems I go where phelena goes. The Downyflake is inland at 18 Sparks Avenue, we took a taxi from the ferry landing, had a delightful breakfast with their famous homemade donut. Be sure to let the donut cool which will minimize the effect of cooking oil for maximum yummie. A little bakery counter is off the front door for your bag of carry-outs. Breakfast is basic and nicely done. Here's a review from Citysearch from Oct. 8, 2009 to give you the flip side: "I hear so much great things about the donuts here, but I just wasn't too impressed. They are average sugar donuts and they are on the smaller side. Don't know what all the fuss is about." Most folks call the donuts caky and delicious with a perfect crust. But, hey, how many small independents can offer up a homemade donut!

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          Downyflake Restaurant
          18 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554

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          1. re: Afar

            ciclista's restaurant list is a well informed one...I would add Company of the Cauldron and Cinco to it. Here's my opinion of the other places mentioned:
            Black-Eyed Susan's: stuffy, poor service, long waits often to get in
            Sfoglia: stuffy, lots of attitude
            Something Natural: good, but check your order before you drive away to make sure it's right
            American Seasons: the loudest restaurant I have ever been in
            The Summer House: Had a very poor dinner there this summer

            The best bets on the island - almost always a sure thing: The lobster at Le Languedoc
            and any meat night at Company of the Cauldron

            1. re: MacshashRIP

              Cinco is going into foreclosure.

          2. Absolutely go to Daily Breads-- their breads and their cookies are great, and they have HUGE slices of very good pizza. Nantucket Bake Shop has the best donuts -- a wide variety made right there early in the morning. Centre Street Bistro for lunch and for dinner -- sit on their patio -- and Oran Mor for dinner. If you head out of town, AK Diamonds has very good pulled pork nachos.Avoid Corazon, it's overpriced and mediocre. Ditto on Lo La 41 -- very pricy and not great.

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            Oran Mor
            2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554