A Dozen Things to Do in Nantucket
By Kellie Evans
INDULGE IN SEAFOOD AT CRU
On the site of a former fried clam-slinging local dive bar carpeted in AstroTurf now stands the understatedly elegant restaurant Cru, helmed by an intrepid trio: Jane Stoddard, who handles the day-to-day operations and special events, Carlos Hidalgo, handling libations, and the loveliest of chefs, Erin Zircher. While honoring her impressive résumé of globetrotting and classical French training, Erin’s menu ebbs and flows with seasonal, locally grown produce, and a bounty of shellfish and seafood from the rich waters surrounding the island. When you finally decide on which masterfully curated cocktail to imbibe, don’t forget to order a pile of fresh corn hushpuppies glistening in a sticky Aleppo-spiced honey butter as a preamble to what’s sure to be a memorable meal. They may be more sophisticated, but you can still get fried clams; try the fried Ipswich clams with Meyer lemon tartar sauce, unctuous blue crab cocktail with both zesty cocktail and horseradish cream sauces, Nantucket-harvested oysters, exquisitely prepared pork schnitzel, and warm-buttered lobster rolls.
1 Straight Wharf
Nantucket, MA 02554