Nantucket Dishes that You Have to Try While on Vacation

Nantucket Dishes that You Have to Try While on Vacation
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FoodFindsAsia | Nantucket Dishes that You Have to Try While on Vacation | Nantucket is one of those places you just have to visit at least once in your life. The island is famous for foggy weather, Nantucket bay scallops, whaling, lighthouses, Cisco Brewers, iconic holidays, fantastic fishing, and delicious seafood. Vacating on this island will be an experience you will never forget. You can even make your visit here more memorable by trying out some of the island’s best dishes. Here are some Nantucket dishes you have to try while on vacation.

1. Oysters at Cru

Many visitors have praised Cru for producing the best oysters on the island. They use only the freshest and finest ingredients to make their dishes, so you can be sure that you’re getting quality seafood when you order from them. As a premier oyster bar, they offer a wide variety of oysters that suit your taste. Its location adds to the perfect setting for a romantic night out or a casual gathering with friends.

2. The Scallop Plate at Straight Wharf Restaurant

If you find yourself craving scallops while on Nantucket, head out to Straight Wharf Restaurant. This restaurant is one of the greatest places on the island to get your hands on fresh seafood. Their scallop plate is a must-try when you visit; it comes with four large scallops pan-seared to perfection. The dish also includes roasted potatoes and vegetables, making it a complete and satisfying meal.

3. Hither Creek Taco at Millie’s

If you’re a taco lover, Nantucket has the perfect taco for you. Millie’s Hither Creek Tacos are made with fresh, local ingredients and will tantalize your taste buds. They are served on warm corn tortillas and are topped with cabbage, cilantro, and delicious avocado crema. You can order them as an appetizer or as a main course, and they’re sure to be a hit no matter what. One problem is, you might need to hire a car to get here as it’s located at the edge of the island.

4. Huevos Rancheros at Island Kitchen

Island Kitchen is known for several classic dishes, from Avocado toast to tofu scramble eggs to Morrocoan eggs, but their Huevos Rancheros is a standout. This dish is great for brunch or breakfast, and it’s sure to fill you up. Some people say it’s so good that they are forced to do the unthinkable, lick their plates.

5. Cheese soufflé at Languedoc Bistro

Languedoc Bistro has this one dish that makes people flock to their restaurant from all over the island, and it’s their cheese soufflé, a classic and exquisite French dish. This dish is light and fluffy, and it’s served with a delicious sauce mornay that melts in the mouth. It’s an absolute delight for cheese lovers, and it’s sure to leave you wanting more.

6. Doughnuts at The Downyflake 

Downyflake has been a Country cafe serving housemade donuts for more than 80 years. According to locals, their donuts taste as good as when the cafe first opened. Their sugar-coated donuts are exceptional; they have a slight, unique crunch yet softness to them. You can also get plain, coconut-frosted, or chocolate-frosted. Downyflake also serves simple American breakfast & lunch.

7. Portuguese Scramble at Black-Eyed Susan’s

Finding Portuguese Scramble in this side of the country can be quite a challenge. But if you’re ever in Nantucket, drop by Black-Eyed Susan’s and try their Portuguese Scramble. The use of the freshest ingredients, Linguiça (a paprika-spiked, garlicky Portuguese sausage), makes this dish a must-try. Add in some eggs, tomatoes, spinach, and more garlic, and you’ve got one meal that’s perfect for brunch. Don’t forget to bring your bottle of Prosecco or cava to make things unique.

8. Turkey Terrific at Provisions

Another that shouldn’t be missed while on the island is the Turkey Terrific sandwich from Provisions. This sandwich is perfect for anyone who loves turkey, and it’s made with roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, all nestled between two slices of Portuguese bread. It’s the perfect sandwich to enjoy after a long day of exploring Nantucket.

9. Fried Clams at Sayle’s Seafood

Fried clams are a New England classic, and Sayle’s Seafood is one of the best places to get them on Nantucket. The clams are hand-breaded and fried to perfection, and they’re served with French fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. Be sure to order a few extra because they will disappear quickly.

10. Rustica at Pi Pizzeria

It may be the last item on the list, but it’s by no means the least; the Rustica pizza at Pi Pizzeria has the charm and character to make it one of the best pizzas on Nantucket. The secret to its success? The combination of a crispy, thin-crust pizza base with fresh and delicious toppings. The Rustica comes topped with pancetta, arugula, and Parmesan cheese, and it’s the perfect pizza for anyone looking for a unique and stylish pie.


Nantucket may be famous for its beaches and stunning scenery, but the food here is worth writing home about. From fresh seafood to classic New England dishes, you can find something for everyone to enjoy. Next time you’re vacationing in Nantucket, try some fantastic dishes. 

Photo by Krisztian Tabori on Unsplash