The tiny island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, punches far above its weight in culinary terms. Well-to-do summer residents and curious tourists all seek out the island’s best eats — and often, return to their favorite spots year after year, even decade after decade. (If you haven’t eaten a Something Natural sandwich or slurped an ice cream cone from the Juice Bar, have you really been to Nantucket? Debatable.) Mixed in are some worthy newcomers to the Grey Lady—here, the island spots worth a stop this summer.
Mornings and Sweets
And while Nantucket has a number of solid ice cream spots, The Juice Bar dwarfs them all—in the scale of their servings, with fresh waffle cones that can easily hold three hefty scoops; and in the strength of their following. Forget a line out the door; on a warm summer evening, lines for the Juice Bar can stretch around two blocks. Go for old-fashioned creamery flavors like rum raisin, childhood classics like mint chocolate chip, or the only-in-New-England Grape Nuts ice cream.
Beaches mean picnics, and picnics, often, mean sandwiches. Something Natural is the heavyweight, here. The quaint shack of a sandwich shop, on an expansive property dotted with picnic tables, is famous for its home-baked breads; the white Portuguese bread is a Nantucket favorite, though I prefer the oatmeal. On that base, they construct towering, rather sloppy sandwiches (a half will more than satisfy) from great deli meats and crisp veggies; this being Nantucket, you’ll find lobster salad, too. Ordering a chocolate chip cookie is mandatory. I’ve never had a better one.