Review By: Stefanie Parks –
Due to a very unfortunate situation with the high-speed ferry we were supposed to take between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket (it was cancelled for the entire weekend. I don’t know how there’s only one ferry or how they could cancel it on Labor Day weekend), we arrived in Nantucket several hours behind schedule. We got in around dinner time, checked into our B&B, which was located SMACK in the middle of town (in the words of the B&B owner herself), got ready in record time (literally, I think I was showered and ready in 15 minutes), and hit the road.
There’s only one town in Nantucket, and since we were staying smack in the middle of it, we walked out the door and were in town in just a couple of minutes. We scoped out all of the restaurants, but we knew that we wanted to eat by the water. So, even though there were a lot of good choices, we picked The Tavern because of it’s prime waterfront location.
We started out sitting in their outside patio, but moved inside right after we ordered (we were cold!). We started out with a big bowl of Clam Chowder (obviously). It was good, but after having the two best clam chowders of life over the past couple of days, I just didn’t think that this one measured up. Plus, unlike The Net Result, they only gave us one bag of oyster crackers :(
For our entree, we got the Mediterannean Flat Bread with fresh mixed greens, tomato, black olives, roasted red peppers, banana peppers, and feta cheese made on a warm flat bread drizzled with balsamic reduction and extra virgin olive oil with chilled jumbo shrimp (phew, that’s a lot of ingredients!) AND we got the Ocean Medley, which is a broiled platter of salmon, fresh white fish, jumbo shrimp, sea scallops, and clams casino.
Wow, that is a lot of food. Ok, so as we were eating the flat bread, Dave and I both kept thinking that it tasted like a salad on top of a pita and that was weird because it should taste like a flat bread pizza. Well, as I’m re-reading the menu now, I realize that it is described exactly as a salad on top of a pita, so I have no idea why we thought it was going to be any kind of pizza. Besides the fact that we were expecting something completely different than what we got AND the fact that there were only 4 shrimp (for $7, four shrimp is just not enough), the flat bread (I just wrote pizza and had to delete it) was good, and I felt semi healthy eating it.
All of the fish and seafood in the Ocean Platter was good, but as good as it was, it was just nothing compared to all of the seafood that we’ve eaten all weekend. But then again, this was the first meal that didn’t include lobster.
Ok… I know from all of this it sounds like I didn’t love our dinner at The Tavern, but I did. It really was good. I can’t say that it was one of the best meals of the weekend, but at the same time, a lot of our meals this weekend have been the best, so it’s pretty tough to measure up.
If we had more time on Nantucket, I would have loved The Tavern as a second or third meal, but as our only meal on the island, I think we maybe could have done a little better.