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Recent Nantucket Dining Experiences -- not so good

Thanks so much for your insight. Doesn't sound snarky in the slightest! I agree with you point re: prices -- I understand why everything is so expensive but in my mind I always associated Nantucket with St. Barts where everything is absurdly priced but there are a couple of places each year where you can get flat out excellent food and service. On the Nantucket front, Lola 41 caught my eye when we were on the island. Any recommendations for shopping -- great places for fresh fish, bread etc (I know about Barlett farm)? Thanks again for your perspective.

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Lola 41
15 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Aug 08, 2011
CTGirl100 in Southern New England

Recent Nantucket Dining Experiences -- not so good

Spent a few days in ACK with a follow up two week trip already planned for August. Had not been to the island in a long time but distant memories of Oran Mor and lunch at Toppers made me optimistic. But then reality sets in . . . Lunch at Toppers (this was at one time a really special experience) our first day was just terrible. Warm oysters, bad service, thoughtless food. It made me sad as it was a quick trip for my husband's birthday and we were staying at the Wauwinet (which like the food was dated and disappointing -- as was the buffet breakfast -- it used to be a real treat). Bright spot -- the Pearl that evening was nice. Crowded and service was a bit slow but it was a fine meal. Lunch the next day was Slip 14. At this point, I almost booked a flight back to CT as the meal was so not something I would ever want to eat let alone pay for (see separate review). We had, however, dinner to look forward to -- Oran Mor. A dreamlike experience years back and my husband was truly looking forward to his birthday meal. Service was rude edging on hostile. The waiter was obviously in a bad mood and took it out on all his tables. We ordered a very nice bottle of wine and he made it his mission to pour all of it before our appetizers were finished. I finally had to tell him that we would pour it ourselves. The food also disappointed. Halibut that could bounce off the floor it was so over cooked. Short rib ravioli that were stringy. We cancelled our lunch plans for the next day and caught an early flight off the island. Sadly, we had already booked a house for a couple of weeks in August. I know I will cook at home a lot. Am I missing any decent places that are worth a try?? I found the food to be so average it was beyond description! I used to love this island. Has it changed or is it me???

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Oran Mor
2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Slip 14
14 Old South Wharf, Nantucket, MA 02554

Aug 06, 2011
CTGirl100 in Southern New England

Slip 14 Nantucket

We had our first and LAST lunch here as well (as in we will never be back), To be honest, we have not been in Nantucket for quite some time and we were pretty disappointed in the food overall since our previous visits years ago. The food, however, at Slip 14 was just plain awful. Lots of fried offerings. The tuna tartare was seriously past its prime (actually gray in color). The fish tacos reminded me of something you would get at a chain restaurant. I ordered a Ketel One martini, up with a twist -- was charged $12 for the Ketel one, $2 for up and $2 for the twist. I kid you not. We are heading back to ACK for a few weeks and NEED to find some place decent to eat but i am losing hope after our last, quick trip! (As an aside -- the Pearl was actually pretty good but that is all I've got).

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Slip 14
14 Old South Wharf, Nantucket, MA 02554

Aug 06, 2011
CTGirl100 in Southern New England

Nantucket - Toppers or Oran Mor and other questions

One more questions --- any thoughts on the Pearl???

Jun 27, 2011
CTGirl100 in Southern New England

Nantucket - Toppers or Oran Mor and other questions

Hi all -

Going to be in Nantucket for a couple of nights in July and was wondering what people are thinking of Toppers for dinner this year? We haven;t been in years. It will be for a birthday celebration. I have great memories of Oran Mor (and just read a wonderful review) so that it a must. Just wondering whether Toppers would be a better choice for the Birthday (we're staying at the Wauwinet so it is pretty convenient).

Also, any great lunch spots with fantastic views?

Any other high end fantastic places we should check out?

Many thanks!

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Oran Mor
2 S Beach St, Nantucket, MA 02554

Jun 27, 2011
CTGirl100 in Southern New England

Hungry Mother

Ate here last night and sadly I have to say that I was really disappointed. Our first meal a few months ago was nice and flavorful but the followup meal . . . oh my! Undercooked corn (maze) in the seafood dish, black beans with French gnocchi - so didn't work. The fritters were black and totally over fried. The crab was uninspired. I still liked the tongue canape but the rest of the experience left me cold and unhappy. Too bad. I thought this might be a go to place for fun, flavorful (albeit a bit heavy) food. Not anymore.

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Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Nov 16, 2009
CTGirl100 in Greater Boston Area

WD-50?

Tasting menu. I have eaten there a bunch of times and EVERYTIME the tasting menu was fantastic and EVERYTIME (twice) I went a la carte I was disappointed.

May 11, 2009
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Paella near New Haven, CT?

The noodle paella at Ibiza is terrific but it is not traditional paella. Not sure if what is served on Tuesday is different.

May 11, 2009
CTGirl100 in All New England Archive

Any Farm Restaurants in CT,RI and

Highly recommend Still River Cafe in Northeastern, CT. www.stillrivercafe.com We loved our visit there. Great food, beautiful space and it is great fun to walk the gardens before dinner.

May 04, 2009
CTGirl100 in All New England Archive

Corton - a cautionary note

Just to clarify - I didn't think that the extra dish would be $15. Maybe more like $30. In any event, it was my fault for not asking. I will say that for $42 I was seriously underwhelmed by the dish and mention it as a word of caution if others think of adding dishes to the three course menu. You don't see a lot of $42 appetizers in NYC.

As for the overcooking, it is true. The pheasant was dry and the fish was overcooked. I ate here a few months ago and thought it was one of the best meals I had ever had and everything was cooked perfectly. (The squab was simply stunning). Who knows, maybe the chef wasn't in the kitchen the night we were there but I felt the extraordinary notes were missing this time around.

Apr 29, 2009
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Corton - a cautionary note

The $15 surcharge is if you picked the dish as one of your two savory courses. We supplemented it (we each picked an appetizer and an entree and also shared the "Flavors of Early Spring" so we were charged $42 for that course.

At EMP they charge $14 for extra appetizers and $20 for extra entrees (at JG it is $14 for any of the dishes). The $20 charge for an extra entree struck me as fair. $42 for a tiny appetizer (no truffles or caviar in sight) not so much.

Apr 29, 2009
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Corton - a cautionary note

Correct. We were charged an additional $42 for the extra appetizer which actually put one of our dinners just a couple dollars shy of the tasting menu price. It really was a very bad value and a disappointment. By contrast, for lunch we supplemented at EMP with an extra ENTREE (very generous portion of the lamb) for an additional $20 (and there is the obvious fantastic deal at Jean Georges for $14 at lunch for any supplement). I recognize that this is not lunch but the contrast is pretty stark.

Apr 29, 2009
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Corton - a cautionary note

I ate at Corton a couple of weeks ago with very high expectations. My first meal there was fantastic. This second meal was a disappointment.

Our first visit was for the early 6:00 seating (not my desired time). I felt a bit rushed but other than that loved the food. Second visit was at 9:00 and, oddly, I still felt a bit rushed. We went with the three course tasting ($79) and added an extra course. It was called "Flavors of Early Spring" - an appetizer - and had a $15 surcharge. It really was nothing special. Miniscule portions (maybe 3 bites) and nothing great from a flavor standpoint. It didn't impress at all and I have no idea why there was a surcharge (when we were there is it was daurade and spider crab). The "From the Garden" which I loved the first time around seemed to have been simplified. Both the John Dory and Pheasant were over cooked and dry.

We skipped dessert (even though it was included in the price) because, to be honest, we were just so disappointed with the experience. Then the bill came. The extra appetizer (just one) we ordered (and please remember we passed on dessert) was billed at $42. Yes - $42. I know - we didn't ask the price and couldn't expect concessions because we didn't order dessert but I really left with a bad taste in my mouth. Just a little warning if you are thinking of supplementing at Corton , . .

Apr 28, 2009
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Bouillabaisse?

DB Bistro makes the MOST divine bouillabaisse.

Oct 31, 2007
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Rendezvous in Central Sq.--what to order?

It is a great place but I have been disappointed a few times on Sundays. I get the sense the chef may not be in the house. Antipasta platter is lovely. Gnocci also excellent. Everything is really quite good.

Oct 31, 2007
CTGirl100 in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe in Manchester,CT w/pix

Where exactly in Manchester is Pepe's? I know where Evergreen Walk is and the movie theater if that helps with directions.

Oct 31, 2007
CTGirl100 in All New England Archive

Recommendation for Bouley and Babbo fan?

Jean-Georges is simply amazing (and a wonderful deal at lunch). I would also second the recommendation for A Voce. I am not a huge fan of Eleven Madison Park. Some of the food is beautiful but none of it TASTED terrific (don't get me wrong - it was all good but just not sublime) and some of it was really form over substance (a little too much WD-50ish). Don't miss J-G and A Voce.

Oct 10, 2007
CTGirl100 in Manhattan

Sushi in CT

What are the absolute BEST places for sushi in CT? I have eaten at Feng and think it is very good. I've heard great & just ok reviews of Miso in New Haven. Where would you recommend for interesting, fantastic sushi?

Oct 02, 2007
CTGirl100 in All New England Archive