What are the best Nantucket food experiences?

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Holly Finigan

Eating on Nantucket is practically a sport, and there is much more to the experience than fine dining or dockside lobster rolls (though you should try both). Here are our picks for the best Nantucket food experiences:

1. Boat ride to Topper’s. Take the Wauwinet Lady boat from The White Elephant in Nantucket Town and head to Topper’s at The Wauwinet for dinner. It leaves around 5 p.m. and comes back to town right around sunset.

2. Wine on Galley Beach. Speaking of sunsets, there is not a spot more spectacular to watch one than Galley Beach. Dig your toes in the sand as you wrap your hand around a crisp glass of rose and toast to the end of another stellar day on Nantucket.

3. Breakfast at Black-Eyed Susan’s. It’s well worth the wait to get into this small diner. It’s also BYOB, so you can grab a bottle of bubbles and ask for a side of fresh orange juice when you’re seated. Sit at one of the stools at the counter and watch the chefs make up some of the freshest breakfasts around.

4. Dining in The Chanticleer’s garden. Take the time to relax out in The Chanticleer garden and enjoy the smells of this amazing landscape as you peruse their luscious wine list. Catch some live jazz in the bar every Monday and Tuesday throughout the season.

5. Picnicking at Coatue. Grab some sandwiches from Fresh and some local beer from Cisco Brewers and rent a boat from Island Boat Rentals on Straight Wharf. Hop into your efficient whaler as you cruise to the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge for the ultimate Nantucket picnic.

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