Found It! The Perfect Summer Hotel Lunch
Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer. This past weekend, we ate what we're declaring the official lunch of summer. It went down at TOPPER'S, the restaurant of The Wauwinet, a historic Inn situated at the very Northeast tip of Nantucket Island. Tomorrow we'll welcome summer properly with a tour of the Inn itself.
Want to chow down on all this? The Wauwinet, despite being one of the most remote inns on the island, is surprisingly one of the easiest to reach thanks to its free shuttle that picks up in central Nantucket town several times a day and makes the 20-minutes drive out to TOPPER'S. Check the schedule on the bulletin board next to the door of the Nantucket Visitor's Bureau Info Center.
· APPETIZER: Steamed jumbo asparagus with hollandaise sauce $9 (above)
Asparagus is at the tippy-top of its season in late spring, so this is a perfect transitional dish before fully jumping into summer foods. Plus you should eat your greens.
· ENTREE: The TOPPER'S Lobster Roll $25
It's not summer on the east coast without a lobster roll (or ten). Large lumps of lobby share a bun with Boston bibb lettuce and lemon aioli. Hand-cut fries are the only proper accompaniment.
· DESSERT: A giant, Key Lime cupcake $5
Believe it or not, TOPPER'S doesn't offer any high-falutin' desserts during lunch. The options are sorbets or large cupcakes. Naturally if you're on Nantucket, you're on vacation of some sorts, so go for the cupcake. Key lime is the summeriest option, plus it just looks good in the sun.
Disclosure: We were treated to lunch but had planned to go and gobble up a lobster roll and write about it anyway.