My last post (Nantucket Boat Basin) was the first in a series highlighting our experience on this iconic New England island. Today I’ll be kicking off a my restaurant reviews for Nantucket.
We flew over to Nantucket with a 25 knot tail wind blowing from the west and arrived just about lunch time. Having only been to Nantucket a few times, I was afraid that we might be paying Maui prices in restaurants so I did my homework on yelp and found the top restaurants in the $$ category.
Charlie Noble was ranked #15 overall on yelp, but the only other $$ restaurants ranked higher were breakfast cafes, and Back Yard BBQ (which we tried later).
When you walk through the door, you’re welcomed by a warm, quaint, classic New England atmosphere.
As nice as it was on this particular Thursday in June, it was empty, so we headed to the back room and bar for lunch. The back room has more of a Pub feel. It also has a nice, but limited, view of the Ferry Dock in the harbor.
Mrs. Horne’s sister Paula started things out with a Virgin Mary.
When it comes to Bloody Mary’s, there seem to be two schools of thought. I prefer the classic taste with Margarita Style Kosher Salt and Lime juice on the rim. The other school blends Chili Powder into the brim rub and tomato base.
Like my favorite Edgartown restaurant – The Seafood Shanty, Charlie Noble is in the Chili camp…
I had a Cisco Draft and Mrs. Horne had her regular Corona Premier.
Charlie Noble’s menu strikes a perfect balance between Nantucket Classic and Gastro Pub. I like to see unique items on the menu and they offer several…
Bluefish Pâté (Radish, Herbed Carrot, Lavash) $14
Roasted Bone Marrow (Onion Jam, Toast, Orange Gremolata, Braised Short Rib) $19
Lump Crab & Manchego Dip (Tortilla Chips, Grilled Corn, Basil) $17
Noble Lazy Lobster Bake (Lobster, Clams, Shrimp, Chorizo, Potatoes, Corn, Basil Oil) $36
Since we had just gotten to shore and we knew we were in for a 4-day weekend of “three sqaure,” we went easy on the menu.
We started with the Noble Wings (6 for $9) which were prepared classic Buffalo Style (fried – no breading), and served up a duet of sauces – Garlic Hoisin and Honey Mustard.
Next came one of their complex sandwiches – Blackened Chicken Sandwich ($18) drizzled in Chipotle Aioli, Arugula, and Applewood Smoked Bacon…
Both the pickles and fries tasted homemade from scratch.
Finally, Mrs. Horne and Paula split the Pan Crisp Crab Cake ($17) constructed of Jumbo Lump, Bearnaise Emulsion, on a Corn Salad…
The tab came in a little higher than we’d pay in Mattapoisett, but well short of the Maui prices I was worried about.
All in all, The Charlie Noble Restaurant lived up to it’s #15 yelp rating and earned a second try for dinner on our next trip!
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