Thank you to everyone who posted on here -- i'm new york chowhound that lurked a little just before my trip last week to nantucket. we were only on the island for 4 days, but so tried hard to fit in some good stuff. my boyfriend forgot his blazer (in the car, in hyannis) so we stuck with casual places:
> Company of the Cauldron. My favorite meal. Unfortunately, this was the only night that they were open while we were there. Because I was allergic to the menu (shellfish and lamb), they substituted my entire meal, except the salad. I had buffalo mozzarella and steak. He had truffled lobster risotto and lamb. Meat was meltingly tender. Comination of flavors was suprising, but everything was amazing. If this restaurant were in NY, I would be a regular.
> Black Eyed Susans. We were lucky to have scored a 2-top without a reservation and with only a 10 minute wait. The food was good but nothing memorable. The service bordering on arrogant. Susan treats non-regulars with rudeness. I'll never go back and would never recommend it.
> 21 Federal. Heavy, lovely american food. The chowder was super creamy and sweet, but with lots of chunks of clams. To start, he had mussels which he enjoyed. I had the chicken with biscuits and gravy and cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce was very very tart with no hint of sweetness. It worked well to lighten up the dish. The biscuit alone probably weighed a full pound.
> Sfoglia. Yum. Cute decor -- though the chairs were high and the "desks" were low, so you have to be careful how you fit in underneath the table. Meat planche was only salami and prosciutte (sp?). Salami was good, but not spectactular. The Salade sale was interesting but mostly bland. My beef papperdelle had tender pasta and lamb tasting sauce. His lamb gnocchi were incredible.