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

For more ideas on where to have breakfast on Nantucket Island, see

2014 Yesterday’s Island Photo Contest Winners

THANK YOU! to the hundreds of photographers who entered the 2014 Yesterday’s Island Photo Contest! And remember to keep your photos ready for next year or start sending them in now! Make sure to include your name, address, subject, & date taken. Email to yi@ Digital images emailed or sent in on CD must be high resolution at a size of at least 4 inches by 5 inches.

Hospital Offering Special Services in October

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital is once again offering free mammography screenings for uninsured Nantucket women over the age of 40. Roughly one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, making it the second most common type of cancer in women. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when breast cancer is detected early at a localized stage, the survival rate is 98 percent. Women are advised to perform monthly breast self-exams, and depending upon their age, schedule regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. Learn more about breast cancer here. 

The hospital is also offering assistance with Medicare Part D enrollment.The annual enrollment and change period for Medicare’s Part D drug coverage begins this year on October 15 and continues through December 7. To get Medicare prescription drug coverage, you must be enrolled in, or join a plan run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered. Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Social Services Department provides one-on-one consultations for those Medicare recipients who wish to enroll or review their current prescription plan. Due to the fact that plans can change yearly, NCH Social Services Manager Peter MacKay advises island residents to look over their plans on an annual basis to ensure it is the best option to meet their needs. The process can be very complicated to complete, with a range of variables such as plans having different formulary coverage, different premiums, deductibles, co-pays or different participating pharmacies. Although the U.S. government recommends applying on its web site, that could present a problem for an applicant who doesn’t own a computer or who might have limited computer skills. The NCH Social Services Department is taking appointments at 508-825-8196. Due to the volume of calls, walk-ins will not be permitted.

Guilt Free at Last, Health Benefits of Red Wine

• by Jenny Benzie, Advanced Sommelier and Proprietress of Épernay Wine & Spirits


Drinking one glass of wine each night is good for the heart (and the soul). The health benefits of red wine may be greater than you might think. Red wine possesses qualities that can help protect your body when it is consumed in moderation.

Antioxidants are the main reason wine is considered “heart healthy.” They are beneficial because they slow signs of aging, reduce the risk of some heart disease issues, and can also help patients with some forms of cancer. The most frequently credited antioxidant found in wine is called resveratrol. It helps to decrease the amount of bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol in your system. Resveratrol prevents the buildup of plaque, which clogs the arteries and can thin your blood, which is what causes blood clots to form. In effect, resveratrol can play a role in helping to prevent many heart-related risks such as heart disease, and also aid in stroke prevention.

In addition, resveratrol discourages the growth of cancer in new blood cells. It also helps to prevent DNA mutations that can lead to cancer. Based on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (which measures the trapping of cancer-causing free radicals in our bodies), a glass of red wine actually has more antioxidants than a cup of raw blueberries! (Please note that I am not suggesting you add wine to your smoothie drink in the morning.)

Which wines have the most antioxidants? Resveratrol can be found in fairly potent form in the skins and seeds of all red grapes. Full-bodied red wines that come from thick skinned grapes (such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) have more polyphenols that work as antioxidants than lighter style red wines that come from thin skinned grape varieties (like Pinot Noir and Grenache). The best way to see how much polyphenols your wine contains is to pour yourself a glass and examine the color. If the color of the wine is so opaque that you can’t see through it, then the wine has high antioxidant content. Score is one for Napa Valley Cabernets (not so great for the Red Burgundy lovers)!

Fermented beverages have proven that their health benefits are associated with good digestion. These probiotic powerhouses boost your digestive tract’s good bacteria, which is what helps to improve digestion and also offers many health-boosting nutrients. Kombucha, kimchi, and yogurt are just a few options that have all been fermented. So you may now add to this list beer, cider, wine, and sake, all of which are fermented from different base products. Malolactic fermentation is a process used in winemaking as a secondary fermentation to create lactic acid, the same thing that is touted as a health benefit in other fermented beverages. The probiotics found in fermented beverages such as wine can unlock more energy.

vinobottleWho wouldn’t want to live longer? While you share a glass of wine with your friends, family or neighbors, you are also adding to the health benefits of consuming wine. Wine accompanies socialization, human interaction, memory recall of telling stories and laughing along the way. Wine drinkers tend to have a lower early mortality rate than beer or spirits consumers.

How much is too much? Scientists have found that men should have two glasses of red wine and women should have one glass of red wine per day in order to obtain the health benefits associated with wine consumption. By all means, don’t start drinking if you aren’t already a drinker just to take advantage of these benefits. Keep in mind that overconsumption can easily botch all the benefits of wine. But if you are someone who enjoys a glass of wine frequently, these findings certainly help make it feel less like a guilty pleasure. By the way, the health benefits of a glass of wine a day are not retroactive!

While your health-conscience friends are sampling the newest pressed fruit juices, you can sit back and relax knowing that your time-proven red wine habit might just be the key to a longer, healthier life.