Top 5 Spots on Nantucket Island for Breakfast Takeout


Early morning on Nantucket offers special pleasures: the charm of Main Street without cars…a walk along the wharves while it’s quiet enough to hear the water lapping against the yachts…coffee and croissant at Brant Point Lighthouse while the sun rises over the Harbor…beachcombing along Sconset Beach before all the sand dollars wash back out with the tide… a bike ride without dodging traffic… After you enjoy early morning on Nantucket, you can go out for breakfast. Here are five of our favorites—all of them offer takeout, so you can take your breakfast with you on an island exploration.


Claudette's Patio in Sconset

Claudette’s Patio in Sconset

You can drive, bike, or take The Wave shuttle the 7.5 miles to Siasconset, a quiet village on the southeastern curve of the island, where you’ll find a beautiful streets, historic homes, another pristine island beach, the amazing Cliff Walk, and Claudette’s for breakfast. We love stopping by to enjoy an iced coffee and a cinnamon twist on their shady patio, but the best option is to breakfast on one of their freshly made sandwiches with crisp fresh veggies and a secret sauce that are served all day (not just at lunchtime). Try their Seafood Salad Sandwich or their Turkey Salad. They even have gluten-free bread. Time it right, and after breakfast, you can take the Glorious Sconset Walking Tour that departs at 10:45am from the Sconset Rotary bulletin board.

Claudette’s, Post Office Square, Sconset, 508-257-6622
Open daily 8 am to 3 pm, Breakfast from 8 to 11 am


Fresh donuts at Nantucket Bake Shop at 17 Orange St.

Fresh donuts at Nantucket Bake Shop at 17 Orange St.

For more than 35 years, Nantucket Bake Shop has been baking superb hearth breads, including the original recipe Nantucket Portuguese Bread. Head over when they open at 6:30 am, and your bread will still be warm! Their freshly baked scones, croissants, and muffins pair deliciously with their freshly brewed coffee. Like a little something sweet for breakfast? Owner Jay Detmer is up all night making dozens of donuts — you’ve got to try their Boston Cream! Need breakfast for a group? Then it’s Magee Detmer’s Fruit Tart you want to bring home.

Nantucket Bake Shop, 17-1/2 Old South Road, 508-228-2797,
Open Mon-Sat. from 6:30 am •


Eggs Benedict at Centre Street Bistro

Eggs Benedict at Centre Street Bistro

Back to downtown Nantucket and over to Centre Street you’ll find Centre Street Bistro, a quaint downtown nook where you can relax and enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast. On Saturday and Sunday mornings all year long, you can tuck into some of the island’s classiest breakfast food. The Scrambled Egg Breakfast, served with sliced tomatoes and herb goat cheese toast drizzled with basil infused oil is delicious, but if they are offering Eggs Benedict as the morning special, don’t hesitate to order it—they make some of the best benedict on the island!

Centre Street Bistro, 29 Centre Street, 508-228-8470
Weekend breakfast 8 am to 1 pm •


Just a few steps past the Centre Street Bistro patio, is Nantucket’s newest takeout spot:

Lemon Press offers smoothies, raw bowls, and more!

Lemon Press offers smoothies, raw bowls, and more!

Lemon Press. Devoted to healthy foods and with a passion for green practices, they specialize in cold pressed juices, smoothies, tonics, raw bowls, salads, and open faced sandwiches. Try their savory Loaded Quinoa Bowl with cucumber, tomato, red onion, feta, and mint dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon. Or indulge in a Nutty Bowl, with acai, peanut butter, banana, almond milk, granola, strawberries, & local honey… YUM!

Lemon Press , 29 Centre Street, 508-228-3800
Open daily from 7 am •


Coffee, cakes, and more at The Bean

Coffee, cakes, and more at The Bean

Lemon press is located where The Bean, Nantucket’s original coffeehouse first opened. This spring, The Bean moved around the corner to spacious new digs at 4 India Street. Now, in addition to their freshly roasted coffees—hot and iced—you can order a bagel plain or with smoked salmon & cream cheese, pastries, a yogurt parfait, croissants, muffins, and an egg and cheese sandwich (plain, with sausage, or with bacon). They also offer a variety of hearty salads and sandwiches. You can enjoy your breakfast at a cafe table while you check your email, or sit on a bench in the pocket park just outside. And now you can order online at with pickup orders ready in just 15 minutes!

The Bean, 4 India Street, 508-228-6215
Open from 6 am daily, and

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3 Not To Miss


Sweet Inspirations | NantucketIf you love chocolate, you’ll love Sweet Inspirations, Nantucket’s artisan chocolatier. This spring they moved back to their original home at Zero India Street, across from the Atheneum park. In this newly renovated space, they have an open artisan kitchen with lots of natural light and better display space for customers to see all their delectable treats.

Their award-winning Cranberry Cheesecake Truffle is the perfect taste of Nantucket, combining the flavors of our island’s fall harvest with imported chocolate, fresh cream, and culinary artistry that only Sweet Inspirations chocolatiers can add.

We also adore their Coco the Whale™ truffles — each one has a hand-fashioned chocolate tail, white eyes and spout, and a hand-piped body of whipped fresh cream ganache. We prefer our whales in dark chocolate, but our grandkids love the milk chocolate version. Either way, these confections are a fun and delicious treat, and they make great gifts and Nantucket party favors.

You can bring your truffles home in a limited edition gift tin featuring artwork by island painter Barbara Capizzo. Need a taste of Nantucket or a special gift after you’ve left our island? Sweet Inspirations ships and takes orders online at

Nantucket Candy Company | NantucketNantucket Candy Company at 48 Centre Street has the perfect chocolate treat to savor slowy: turtles! Their Sea Salt Caramel Turtles are a heavenly blend of slow roasted pecans or cashews, handmade with buttery, rich caramel, chocolate and of course, sea salt, which tops off this perfect creation. Their luscious caramel is made in small batches to ensure that it is soft and will melt in your mouth with every bite. These turtles come in several versions: white chocolate, dark, milk. If you are a cranberry lover, try their Signature Cranberry Sea Salt Turtles. This divine fusion of sweet, buttery and salty flavors is sure to please your palate. Stop into this shop at Centre & Broad streets today to try them!

and Penuche
Aunt Leah's Fudge | NantucketStart with the classic—butter, sugar, milk, honey—for a satisfying caramel experience. Then move on to chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, peppermint, maple, cappuccino, cranberry… Aunt Leah’s Fudge has a flavor to please everyone—more than thirty at last count! After 35 years of teaching on Nantucket, Leah Bayer retired and now she works every day at her fudge shop on Straight Wharf. She delights in creating new and interesting fudge flavors and combinations. And she loves seeing the kids she taught bring their kids in for a sweet treat.

Our favorite is the classic penuche, but every time we stop in there is a new flavor to taste. Each box of fudge comes with a small knife in case you need a taste on your way home.

Aunt Leah’s Fudge shop is in The Courtyard, just a few steps off the actual wooden slats of Straight Wharf. Make it your first and last stop on Nantucket. If you need more once you get home, just go to

Nantucket Music Festival To Return to the Island in 2016


Organizers of the first Nantucket Music Festival last summer knew their idea of a two-day, live music celebration for visitors and residents of the historic resort destination had enormous potential. But, nothing could prepare them for the overwhelmingly positive response they received from sponsors and the performing arts community. The inaugural festival featured a vibrant and eclectic mix of musical performers on two stages at the island’s Tom Nevers Field, August 2nd and 3rd, 2014. In addition, more than 30 sponsors signed on to sample their products and services, entertain customers and tie their brands to the event, all of which taxed the staff and resources of the first-year organizing committee.

NMF founder and seasonal resident Cynthia Dareshori said she and her team were amazed at the response, but they weren’t prepared for such an outpouring of support. “We found ourselves at a caliber of sponsorship most events of this kind don’t achieve in five or ten years, if ever,” she said, “and yet we were still working out the kinks of a massive, first-year undertaking. The supporters were so quick to come aboard, so completely bought-in to our mission, we frankly were a little overwhelmed and had to turn down additional sponsor partners.” Dareshori said after a thorough review of last year’s festival, she made the decision to step back and rescale the event based on feedback from attendees, Nantucket Island officials and the community as well as suggestions from NMF sponsors. “From the very beginning, our vision for the Nantucket Music Festival was this bigger-than-life, live music showcase staged at one of the most naturally picturesque locations in the world, and we accomplished that,” she said. “Our next evolutionary step is to properly scale the event to the needs of the island community and our sponsors so that we’ll have a durable, workable model that can endure for years to come.”

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros performed at the 2014 Nantucket Music Festival

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros performed at the 2014 Nantucket Music Festival

With that goal in mind, Dareshori announced plans for the NMF to return in 2016. “We succeeded in delivering a live, world-class musical experience with no incidents, minimal complaints and property impact,” she said. “Most of our food and merchandise vendors have already expressed an interest in returning next year, as have our musical artists, and our wonderful sponsors are planning even more engaging experiences for our attendees.” Dareshori also reported the Festival’s non-profit Celebrate Music Foundation donated almost $10,000 to the Nantucket Community Music Center and that a beneficiary will be named for 2016.

Nantucket Music Festival launched in 2014 for the enjoyment of popular music by visitors and residents alike on Nantucket Island, the well-known resort community located 25 miles at sea off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The festival features popular bands and musicians in many musical styles including folk, rock, country, blues, jazz, soft reggae, singer-songwriter and others. Net proceeds from the 2014 Nantucket Music Festival benefited the Nantucket Community Music Center through the non-profit Celebrate Music Foundation, Inc.

For more, visit, find the Festival on Facebook at https:// or on Twitter @ACKMusicfest.

3 Not to Miss – This Week on Nantucket

Better Time at BENRUS

benrusIt will be a better time at BENRUS Nantucket on August 13 from 6-9 p.m. as they host their Grand Opening celebration.

BENRUS, a military inspired lifestyle brand, offers a wide variety of products ranging from men and women’s modernized military watches, wax cotton jackets, canvas and leather bag collection, Aviator sunglasses and a line of graphic tees and premium denim (proudly made is America). BENRUS has also partnered with Bourbon and Bowties and carries their unique bracelet line; handmade in America with semiprecious stones, geodes, smokey quartz, lava stones, shells, turquoise, jade, polished coral, peruvian opal, agates and many more natural stones all wrapped with gold plated wire.

The Grand Opening Celebration will have complimentary gifts, a DJ as well as passed hors d’oeuvre’s and drinks. Please follow @BENRUSusa on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all updates.

The Witches Are Coming bACK

witchesTheatre Workshop of Nantucket is bringing to the island another group of superb performers for a second benefit cabaret. The Witches Are bACK is produced by Joe & Linda Hale and Margaret & Gerald Vento features the wickedly talented Cassie Okenka, Carla Stickler, Nick Adams and Adam R. McDonald. The cabaret is two nights only in Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street, on August 24 and 25 at 7 pm.

Following national acclaim in magical performances as the witches of Wicked, these actors will bring their powerful voices and nuanced performances to the Bennett Hall stage for two nights only, next Monday and Tuesday. Join us as we defy gravity and transport audiences to fantastical evening featuring the songs of Wicked, Broadway and beyond. All proceeds benefit Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.

Tickets are $100, with some premium seating available for $150. A limited amount of VIP floor seating is available and will bring you closer to our witches, Wicked or Good, than ever before. If you wish to learn more about VIP table seating, which includes a post-show reception with the Witches, visit or call Jonathan Jensen, Managing Director at 508-228-9001. Reserve your tickets this week before they all sell out for next week’s show at 508-288-4305 or online at

Essence of Artistic Expression

bulletproofBecoming Bulletproof is the award winning inspiring story of a group of talented people with and without disabilities from across America who come together to take part in the making of a ambitious indie film production entitled Bulletproof. This film will be shown at a special screening on Wednesday, August 19 in The Dreamland Studio Theatre from 5-7pm, and features disabled actors from Nantucket’s Camp Tulgeywood who will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.

Founded by two brothers and their wives, Zeno Actors Camp’s philosophy is to create a truly inclusive community that builds genuine friendships that transcend stigma and stereotypes. For them, their films aren’t about making a statement; “It’s all about making awesome movies.”

Inside the whirlwind film making process of mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and grappling with high expectations, Becoming Bulletproof chronicles the genesis of a riveting film and a personally and socially trans-formative experience. The film captures the essence of artistic expression through vibrant human bonds and powerful insights. As one of the actors says: “I do not want pity because I have a disability, I just want to be understood. I want disability to have a seat at the table in pop culture.” Tickets to Wednesday’s special screening are $10; or add-on the afterparty at Peter Beaton on Federal Street for $100 (all of which goes to the fundraiser for Tulgeywood Camp).

Day Trip in August

We plan on taking Hy-Line cruise from Hyanis to Nantucket in early August. If we depart Hyannis at 12:00 on high speed arriving at about 1:00, are we giving ourselves enough time to get a feel for the island. Or should we plan on a 9:10 departure returning at 4:35? If we leave at 9:10, depart at 4:35 is there enough to do on Main Street to keep us busy and entertained for almost six hours?

Submited by Tom Ernster from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Definitely take the morning boat (9:10am)–there is PLENTY to do in the heart of Nantucket Town to occupy you for 6 hours. Pick up a copy of Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket for the map and fabulous events calendar to help plan your day. In 6 hours you can:

Visit the Whaling Museum

Have lunch at the beach: pick up a takeout lunch at one of the many downtown eateries and walk or take the NRTA Shuttle one of several beaches close to town.

Stroll around the wharves

Have a cup of locally roasted Nantucket Coffee Roasters coffee at The Bean, 4 India Street.

Take a 90-minute van tour with Gail’s Tours, led by Gail, whose family has lived on Nantucket for generations, or take a walking tour with Bill of Nantucket Walking Tours (his tour schedule is listed in Yesterday’s Island — you don’t need reservations)

Visit the shops, galleries, and antique shops in town.

We’re betting that you’ll wish you had more time on Nantucket Island when you have to head back to the docks.