thank you to all who have posted nantucket notes over the last few months - really really helped plan this trip. here's where we ate - not nearly enough time to sample all that i wanted to try!
1) Brotherhood of Thieves:
i know this is a much loved place but we had a really disappointing meal here. i wish i had asked to sit downstairs b/c upstairs was just downright bad atmospherically (is that a word?) - too light, no energy, etc. the food was "ok" and our wine was served so incredibly warm - and waitress, while nice, didn't seem to care, even as we requested an ice bucket for our red!!
The food was very good, although I likely would have disappointed had we gone here later in the week. The portions are indeed tapas sized - plan on 3 per person so the tab can add up quickly (for us, it ran as much as the pearl). Michael, the owner, also doubles as the Sommolier and he is amazing and kind. We really liked the ribs an the lamb chops.
3) The Pearl:
we hesitated going here b/c we are from san francisco and thought "maybe it'll be too much like places at home". very glad we went as both could have eaten literally every single thing on the menu.
the pork lettuce cups were wonderful - tender strips of meat versus the ground beef/chicken/pork variety we see at a lot of asian or asian inspired places at home.
the heirloom tomato salad disappointingly used tomatoes from california instead of the local bartlett farms (according to our waiter...we didn't really get this) but loved the cleanser served with this salad - a small shot glass of clear tomato juice, served like a martini.
for entrees, had the wok lobster - incredible down to the soba noodles - and a special, the hebi, which is an outstanding hawaiian fish, served with thinner, more vermicelli-like noodles in a pesto sauce. finished off all an no room for dessert.
they have an incredible looking inside/outside chefs table if you have a larger party.
4) The Lobster Trap
we got 2 boiled lobster dinners delivered to us since we wanted to take advantage of the beach!! a perfect final dinner.
doubled down (2 days) on Provisions - the turkey terriffic on portugese bread is awesome. the vegetarian is chock full of great veggies - including artichoke hearts - and the freshly baked bread is slathered w/your choice of goat cheese or hummus (tried and liked both).
final lunch was as the Boarding House, due to our new love for The Pearl (same owners). Felt this was ok but maybe better for dinner? Lunch seeme pricey and rather annoyed at the $5.00 charge for bread!!! (noted another poster annoyed by $.25 charge for a roll...well don't go here!)
Breakfasts were at our hotel so didn't get to try much in this direction. Alreay contemplating next year and high on the list will be Sfoglia, American Seasons, Black Eyed Susans, Brand Pt Grill, Something Natural, Company of the Cauldron, The Galley......