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Nantucket birthday weekend (extremely long)


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Nantucket birthday weekend (extremely long)

dennisl | Sep 6, 2010 03:25 PM

Due to the fact that I am a life-long New Englander it never crossed my mind to cancel my four-month-old plans to go to Nantucket this past weekend because of a category 2 hurricane forecast. Luckily it WAS forecasted. We had a free upgrade at our B&B and 'slightly' less tourists than would have been for a holiday weekend. We also got on the island at 9:15 Friday morning (before the ferries were closed for the storm) instead of 5 o'clock as planned, so we had an extra day, too. We ended up having late breakfasts, snacks and early-ish dinners.

After dropping off our luggage we went to Black-Eyed Susan's. The wait was short. However, because of the storm rolling in, the humidity was about 80%, and there was no air-conditioning. There was also no breeze at this time on Friday, and it was pretty unbearable in the restaurant. Husband had the Portuguese scramble breakfast with linguica, tomatoes, spinach and garlic. It was very good. I had the eggs benedict, good, not great, hollandaise sauce (which, honestly, is why I order eggs benedict.)

Friday dinner was the night we were just going to wing it, and we ended up at the Centre Street Bistro (BYOB.) We were the first patrons of the night and had a special starter of garlic bread, whole roasted garlic cloves, manchengo cheese, kalamata olives, olive oil and a balsamic reduction. It was enough to share, and it was excellent. The combinations of sweet, salty, savory along with the different textures was great. For a main course my husband had the risotto of the evening (lobster) which he loved, but could have had double the serving. I had the beef tenderloin (which came rare, as ordered) with blue cheese, red wine reduction, shitake mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and mashed potatoes in puff pastry. The potatoes in pastry were very bland, but worked with the beef and the sauce. The dessert was wonderful. He had a something called a chocolate marquis, which was a molten lava flourless chocolate cake' in puff pastry, coffee ice cream and chocolate sauce. I drag him everywhere based on the food, and he made sure to tell me, hands down, this was his best dessert EVER. I had a vanilla cheesecake in a chocolate crust, with raspberry and mango sauces. The sauces were were intense in flavor, as though they had been reduced and a liquor added (?) Excellent meal, good service. $98! as I said it was BYOB, but probably the better of our two dinners.
Back to Centre Street Bistro for breakfast Saturday. Husband had eggs benedict with smoked salmon. He liked the hollandaise, which had a strong mustard flavor (went well with the salmon.) I had an omlet with carmelized onions, spinach and swiss sheese. Very good. Rented bikes and ended up doing 20 miles, got a snack in Sconset (still not very hungry.)

Had a quick slice of pizza at Wharf Pizza, not impressive. The crust was tasteless, toppings bland. (We were very hungry so I didn't look for Pi Pizzeria, which I had read about on here.)

Saturday night was the birthday dinner for hubby, and I had 6:30 reservations at Galley Beach (as an aside, the driver from the Judy's taxi service was very surly, would not use them again.)
We were one of the first to arrive in the dining room, the view was lovely. We were able to see the sunset very clearly on the beach. My husband had a torro tuna starter, reminiscent of sushi. It had a daikon salad with sushi rice and a vinaigrette, he loved it. I had a plate of local, seasonal vegetables, al dente with a yellow sauce on the side which was tastless. Waste of $17.00. We started with martinis, very tasty. For a main course he had a miso marinated halibut with some vegetables, another daikon salad. I had the truffle butter poached lobster (market price.) The main courses were good, just good. For the prices on the menu they should have been at least great. We had a bottle of a white wine from Chateau Neuf de Pape (sp.) which was nice and crisp (I can't remember the exact wine, 2008 vintage). We struck up a conversation with the couple next to us, and ended up chatting for quite a while (much to our server's chagrin ,I believe. However, there wasn't anyone waiting for a table, so I didn't feel too bad.) My (French) friend has got me onto having a cheese plate sometimes for dessert, and the mood hit, so we skipped dessert at Galley Beach.
Per our new friends, we stopped at the Brotherhood of Thieves, which actually has a fairly decent cheese plate (surprise!) It was a perfect topper to the night.
Sunday we went to brunch at the Brant Point Grill. I was sad they didn't have the lobster Bloody Mary on the menu I had seen on the Today show (after I made the reservations.) Basically, this is the kind of place that is supposed to be expensive and preppy and snooty and the clientele follow suit. The food was good, but nothing better than I've had at other Sunday brunches. There was a make-your-own mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, which was nice. Most expensive brunch I've ever had, and definitely NOT worth it.
Quick stop at the Juice Bar for an ice cream cone (local blackberry, awesome!) Best ice cream we had on the island. (We actually went three times!)

Back to the mainland, until next year!

Black-Eyed Susan's
10 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Brotherhood of Thieves
23 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Galley Beach
54 Jefferson Ave, Nantucket, MA 02554

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