The BEST Of Nantucket -July 2012

Every year The Inquirer and Mirror and Nantucket Today ask their readers to identify the BEST OF NANTUCKET in 75 categories, from food to lodging to leisure activities and more.

This year we had an enormous response to our online questionnaire, the best ever. A number of categories tied, including Top Chefs and several restaurant categories. Where there’s a tie, we noted that. We also named our categories Gold, for first; Silver, for second and Bronze for third, in honor of the London Olympics, which begin at the end of the month. Keep an eye out for an announcement later this month on http://www.ack.net for the online voting for Best of Nantucket 2013.

 

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

 

RESTAURANT

GOLD: Tie: The Languedoc; The SeaGrille

SILVER: Tie: American Seasons; Fusaro’s

BRONZE: Company of the Cauldron

 

BARTENDER

GOLD: Melissa Kniskern, Fusaro’s 

SILVER: Tie: Johnny Bresette & Holly Finigan, both of Ventuno 

BRONZE: Anna Worgess, Dune

 

WATERVIEW DINING

GOLD: Galley Beach 

SILVER: Straight Wharf Restaurant 

BRONZE: The Jetties

 

TOP CHEFS

GOLD: Three way tie: Gabriel Frasca - Straight Wharf and Ventuno; Chris Freeman - Òran Mór; EJ Harvey - The SeaGrille

 

ROMANTIC DINING

GOLD: Company of the Cauldron 

SILVER: American Seasons 

BRONZE: Tie: Galley Beach and Topper’s

 

FINE DINING

GOLD: Tie: American Seasons; Òran Mór

SILVER: The Languedoc 

BRONZE: Straight Wharf Restaurant

 

ETHNIC RESTAURANT

GOLD: Corazon del Mar 

SILVER: Siam to Go 

BRONZE: Fusaro’s

 

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

GOLD: The SeaGrille 

SILVER: Sayle’s Seafood 

BRONZE: Straight Wharf Restaurant

 

NEW RESTAURANT

GOLD: Fusaro’s 

SILVER: Pazzo 

BRONZE: Ventuno

 

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

GOLD: Fusaro’s 

SILVER: DeMarco 

BRONZE: Ventuno

 

FAMILY DINING

GOLD: Fusaro’s 

SILVER: Faregrounds Restaurant 

BRONZE: The Brotherhood of Thieves

 

LUNCH

GOLD: Centre Street Bistro 

SILVER: Something Natural 

BRONZE: The Downyflake

 

BREAKFAST

GOLD: The Downyflake 

SILVER: Black-Eyed Susan’s 

BRONZE: Fog Island Cafe

 

INEXPENSIVE MEAL

GOLD: Fusaro’s 

SILVER: Stubby’s 

BRONZE: Faregrounds Restaurant

 

RAW BAR

GOLD: Spanky Kania 

SILVER: 12 Degrees East 

BRONZE: The Jetties

 

SUNDAY BRUNCH

GOLD: Brant Point Grill at The White Elephant

SILVER: The Boarding House 

BRONZE: Black-Eyed Susan’s

 

LOBSTER, LOBSTER, LOBSTER

 

LOBSTER BISQUE

GOLD: The SeaGrille 

SILVER: The Languedoc

 

LOBSTER DINNER

GOLD: Sayle’s Seafood 

SILVER: The SeaGrille 

BRONZE: The Lobster Trap

 

LOBSTER ROLL

GOLD: Sayle’s Seafood 

SILVER: Straight Wharf Fish Store 

BRONZE: Tie: Millie’s / The Lobster Trap

 

SWEET STUFF

 

CANDY STORE

GOLD: Force Five Candy Room 

SILVER: Sweet Inspirations 

BRONZE: Aunt Leah’s Fudge

 

FUDGE:

GOLD: Aunt Leah’s Fudge

 

ICE CREAM

GOLD: The Juice Bar 

SILVER: Stars

 

BAKERY

GOLD: Nantucket Bake Shop 

SILVER: Petticoat Row Bakery

 

BREAD

GOLD: Something Natural 

SILVER: Nantucket Bake Shop

 

DOUGHNUT

GOLD: The Downyflake 

SILVER: Nantucket Bake Shop

 

COFFEE

GOLD: The Bean 

SILVER: Tie: Espresso to Go; Fast Forward 

BRONZE: Island Coffee Roasters

 

FUN AND FAST

 

PIZZA

GOLD: Pi Pizzeria 

SILVER: Sophie T’s 

BRONZE: Tie: Steamboat Pizza; Foood for Here & There

 

SUSHI

GOLD: Sushi by Yoshi 

SILVER: Lola 41

 

SANDWICH

GOLD: Something Natural 

SILVER: Provisions 

BRONZE: Henry Jr.

 

FAST FOOD

GOLD: Stubby’s 

SILVER: Easy Street Cantina 

BRONZE: Walter’s

 

HAMBURGER

GOLD: Lola 41 

SILVER: The Brotherhood of Thieves 

BRONZE: The Languedoc

 

FRIED CLAMS

GOLD: Sayle’s Seafood

 

CLAM CHOWDER

GOLD: The SeaGrille 

SILVER: Sayle’s Seafood

 

GETTING HERE AND THERE

 

AIRLINE

GOLD: Island Airlines 

SILVER: Cape Air/ Nantucket Airlines

 

AUTO RENTAL

GOLD: Windmill Auto 

SILVER: Affordable Rentals 

BRONZE: Young’s

 

TAXI

GOLD: A-1 Taxi 

SILVER: Chief’s Cab 

BRONZE: Milestone Taxi

 

BOAT LINE

GOLD: Hy-Line Cruises 

SILVER: Steamship Authority

 

BIKE SHOP

GOLD: Young’s Bicycle Shop 

SILVER: Nantucket Bike Shop

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

BED & BREAKFAST

GOLD: Union Street Inn 

SILVER: The Brass Lantern 

BRONZE: The Roberts House

 

LUXURY HOTEL

GOLD: The Wauwinet 

SILVER: The White Elephant

 

LOOKING GOOD

 

HAIR STYLIST

GOLD: Darya Afshari 

SILVER: Margie Malone 

BRONZE: Whitney Conrad

 

HAIR SALON

GOLD: RJ Miller Salon 

SILVER: Darya Salon 

BRONZE: Suzanne’s

 

SPA

GOLD: Tresses and The Day Spa 

SILVER: RJ Miller Salon 

BRONZE: Spa at The White Elephant

 

JEWELER

GOLD: Jewel of the Isle 

SILVER: Jessica Hicks 

BRONZE: Jeweler’s Gallery

 

T-SHIRT SHOP

GOLD: Annie and the Tees 

SILVER: The Sunken Ship 

BRONZE: Island Studios

 

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

GOLD: Murray’s Toggery Shop 

SILVER: Vis a Vis 

BRONZE: Nalu

 

MEN’S CLOTHING

GOLD: Murray’s Toggery Shop 

SILVER: The Nobby Shop

 

SHOE STORE

GOLD: Murray’s Toggery Shop 

SILVER: The Nobby Shop 

BRONZE: Vis a Vis

 

KIDS’ STUFF

 

TOY STORE

GOLD: The Toy Boat 

SILVER: The Nantucket Toy Company 

BRONZE: Island Variety

 

KIDS’ CLOTHING

GOLD: Pinwheels 

SILVER: Kidding Around 

BRONZE: Murray’s Toggery Shop

 

KIDS’ CAMP

GOLD: Strong Wings

SILVER: Murray Camp

BRONZE: Maria Mitchell Discovery Classes

 

SETTLING IN

 

ANTIQUE STORE

GOLD: Sylvia Antiques 

SILVER: Val Maitino Antiques 

BRONZE: The Antiques Depot

 

CATERER

GOLD: Mark & Eithne Yelle, The Nantucket Catering Company

SILVER: Kendra Lockley, Simply with Style 

BRONZE: Susan Warner, Nantucket Clambake Company

 

FISH MARKET

GOLD: Sayle’s Seafood 

SILVER: East Coast Seafood 

BRONZE: Glidden’s Fish Market

 

FLORIST

GOLD: Flowers on Chestnut 

SILVER: The Flower Shop at Marine Home Center

 

GARDEN CENTER

GOLD: Bartlett’s Farm 

SILVER: Marine Home Center 

BRONZE: Valero’s

 

MARINA

GOLD: Madaket Marine 

SILVER: Nantucket Boat Basin

 

REAL ESTATE OFFICE

GOLD: The Maury People 

SILVER: Coffin Real Estate 

BRONZE: Windwalker

 

PET STORE

GOLD: Geronimo’s

 

WINE SHOP

GOLD: Tied: The Cellar / The Islander 

SILVER: Hatch’s 

BRONZE: Épernay

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

 

IVORY CARVER

GOLD: Nancy Chase 

SILVER: Michael Vienneau

 

LIGHTSHIP BASKET MAKER

GOLD: Michael Kane 

SILVER: Susan Ottison 

BRONZE: Manny Dias

 

GIFT SHOP

GOLD: Four Winds Gifts 

SILVER: Best of the Beach 

BRONZE: Stephanie’s

 

ART GALLERY

GOLD: Artists Association of Nantucket 

SILVER: Cavalier Gallery 

BRONZE: Old Spouter Gallery

 

WHAT TO DO

 

BEACH

GOLD: Surfside 

SILVER: Ladies’ Beach 

BRONZE: Fisherman’s Beach

 

BOAT CHARTER

GOLD: Albacore 

SILVER: Absolute 

BRONZE: Althea K

 

BOOKSTORE

GOLD: Nantucket Bookworks 

SILVER: Mitchell’s Book Corner

 

HISTORIC SITE

GOLD: Nantucket Whaling Museum 

SILVER: The Old Mill 

 

MUSEUM

GOLD: The Whaling Museum 

SILVER: Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

 

SUMMER EVENT

GOLD: Boston Pops on Nantucket 

SILVER: Fourth of July Celebration

 

TACKLE SHOP

GOLD: Bill Fisher Tackle 

SILVER: Nantucket Tackle Shop

 

NIGHT SPOT

GOLD: The Chicken Box






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