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Nantucket restaurants

Nantucket cuisine is largely based on impeccably prepared, locally raised foods, and an influx of chefs from Boston (Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon at the Straight Wharf), New York City (Sfoglia's Ron and Colleen Suhanosky), California (Jeff Worster at Black Eyed Susan's), and Virginia (pastry chef Serge Torres at Topper's) continues to fuel the island's vibrant restaurant scene. But you can't eat, wait in line for, or probably afford four-course dining at every meal, which has fed two trends: ethnic restaurants and gourmet take-out food. Until Harbor Wok, the island's first Chinese restaurant, opened in summer 2008, residents and visitors ordered delivery from the mainland to satisfy their cravings for fried pork dumplings and crispy spicy beef. And El Rincon Salvadoreño's debut in spring 2008 brought authentic Salvadoran food (including great seafood dishes) to midisland (17 Old South Rd.; 508-332-4749). For picnic supplies, head to Provisions. A longtime Nantucket staple, it was purchased in 2008 by Amanda Lydon (chef and part owner of neighboring Straight Wharf) and her partners. Lydon updated the menu, but was careful not to tinker too much with the Turkey Terrific—a sandwich of brined roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo on fresh Portuguese bread that has an almost cultlike following (3 Harbor Sq.; 508-228-3528). When dressing up and going out to dinner is too much trouble, follow the island's top chefs to Pi Pizzeria for wood-fired, thin-crust, Neapolitan pizza (takeout is available); try the Great Italian, which is topped with sausage from Esposito's in New York City, Applegate Farms pepperoni, San Marzano tomatoes, peppers, and onions (11 West Creek Rd.; 508-228-1130; For DIY options, pick up fresh pasta, sauces, antipasti, breads, wines, pastries, and homemade gelato at Tutto Sfoglia, a spin-off of Sfoglia restaurant (49A Pleasant St.; 508-825-9900;; island produce, prepared foods, and ready-made salads from Bartlett's Farm Market (33 Bartlett Farm Rd.; 508-228-9403;; or, grab a bag of steamers, fried clams, or fixings for an entire clambake—including chowder and boiled lobster—from the island's best seafood market, Sayles Seafood (99 Washington St. Extension; 508-228-4599; Don't want to do the work? Arrange a catered clambake on the beach by the Nantucket Clambake Company (508-228-9283;

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21 Federal, Nantucket Town

A mainstay of the Nantucket dining scene since 1985, this handsome, romantic cluster of rooms in a restored 1847 house is one of the toughest reservations in...more

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American Seasons, Nantucket Town

With its harvest-scene murals and tables painted in quilt-style patterns, this "regional and seasonal" restaurant evokes old-fashioned Americana. (Sometimes to...more

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Black-Eyed Susan's, Nantucket Town

Even fancy folks like John and Teresa Heinz Kerry have been known to wait on line for one of the 32 seats at this funky, diner-like café. The lines are...more

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Boarding House, Nantucket Town

Compared to sister restaurant the Pearl, the Boarding House is more traditional in both decor and cuisine and has a more casual tone (encouraged by the lively...more

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Brotherhood of Thieves, Nantucket Town

Reopened in 2001 after a fire, this friendly 1840s whaling bar in the basement of a Federal-style house is great for lunch and notable for its native quahog...more

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The Chanticleer, Nantucket Town

When the Chanticleer closed its doors in 2004 after three decades of serving the hautest French cuisine on the island, old-guard Nantucketers wrung their hands...more

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Company of the Cauldron, Nantucket Town

The candlelit tables fill up quickly at this tiny, refined restaurant where a harpist serenades the dinner crowd three nights a week. The prix-fixe dinner menu...more

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The Pearl, Nantucket Town

On an island that abhors flash, the Pearl draws the cream of the see-and-be-seen celebrity crop and the hard-to-get reservations are prized (if you can't snag...more

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Rotary Restaurant, near Nantucket Town

"Please, please tell me I can get one of your lobster rolls," we overheard a patron begging the woman behind the counter of the Rotary. We were a bit taken...more

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Sfoglia, Nantucket Town

Charmingly mismatched plates and cutlery, wine served in juice glasses, and French tables with antique schoolhouse chairs set the scene for Sfoglia's rustic,...more

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