Nantucket – ACK
It was early July. I was riding around Nantucket on my deep blue vespa, going no faster than 35 miles per hour, which coincidentally ended up being perfect since the speed limit in Nantucket typically doesn’t exceed 45 mph. The wind blowing through my hair, and beautiful landscape surrounding me, I ended up riding around for hours with no map and no plan – I ended up at Millies.
It turns out I took the vespa from Sconset all the way to the picturesque Madaket Beach. Anyone who’s been to Nantucket knows the ‘hot spots,’ and Millie’s Restaurant is just one of those places, and for good reason. Millie’s is named after Madaket Millie, the first honorary female member of the Coast Guard. Owner Bo Blair and co-owner and chef David Scribner create a beautiful milieu, at an affordable price for visitors. The restaurant seems to attract everyone, since the food and drinks are delicious, and all under $20.
They essentially give you the best food the island has to offer, but for half the price of other resturants. They also offer take-out sandwiches at lunch for under $12, as well as salads and kid’s plates. Their take-out window is the perfect stop to pick up something delicious before a nice walk along the beach.
Drinking lemonade out of old mason jars, and eating delicious fresh made guacamole and chips for only $8.95, the appetizer was followed by a delicious entree of Tuckernuck Tacos - Grilled marinated steak in flour tortillas with roasted poblano peppers & red onions, guacamole, lime sour cream, and cilantro for under $20.00. This California baja-style menu is the perfect additon to Nantucket’s already ‘island’ feel.
I got back on my vespa, and rode over to one of my other favorite spots - The Sconset Cafe in Sconset, Nantucket. My friends, Rolf and Cindy have owned, and operated this delicious restautant for over a decade.
Their dishes are full of simple, honest, self-made flavors that truly enrich the soul. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served – and my personal favorite, eggs, are served all day from 8:30-3:00. My absolute favorite thing about Sconset Cafe is that they have a quaint little bookstore and wine store adjacent to the restaurant – and best of all, the restaurant encourages you to BYOB! Nothing says Nantucket like Rolf’s delicious dishes, and Cindy’s warm, friendly disposition. I encourage ALL to try their miraculous food out, and don’t forget to bring some wine!
Speaking of wine, this brings me to my next favorite spot in Nantucket -Cisco Brewery. The famous, and incredibly well known Nantucket microbrewers have made quite a name for themselves over the years. Starting out small in 1992, this is without a doubt one place in Nantucket that even first-time goers have heard of.
It’s so well-known in fact, that they have their beers in many package stores around the county now. They’re motto (which I absolutely love) is, “nice beer, if you can get it.” I think that pretty much sums up their product.
Cisco Brewery isn’t just about beer though – they also have Triple Eight Distillery, and Nantucket Vineyard Wines. If you’re in the area, I suggest stopping by and doing a wine tasting, or a beer tasting. It’s not too expensive, and it’s a really nice experience that really allows you to see what they’re all about as brewers. The best part is, for doing the tasting, they give you an official Nantucket Vineyard glass to take home with the logo embossed on it…not too shabby!