Fenwick Island restaurant offers taste of something new

RESTAURANT REVIEW

August 08, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

NANTUCKETS

Where: Atlantic Avenue and Route 1, Fenwick Island, Del., (302) 539-2607, (800) 362-DINE

Hours: Dinner served 5 p.m.-11 p.m. daily

Credit cards: All major credit cards

Nantuckets is tucked away in an unassuming location in Fenwick Island, just over the Maryland line. Don't be fooled by the modest frame building. The restaurant offers some of the best dining in the area.

This is a small, busy restaurant, and it is risky to arrive without reservations. Even though we had called ahead, we still had to wait a few minutes for our table.

Nantuckets is made to order for those who enjoy trying something new. There are many interesting appetizer offerings under the heading called "Schmoozin!" In addition to items such as "Quahog Fritter," which happen to be clams, there are also a host of daily specials.

We decided to try one of the tamer offerings, a seafood sampler ($8.95). A platter arrived filled with tasty morsels of smoked trout, tuna and salmon along with scallops. The seafood was served with a tangy dill mustard sauce that was just spicy enough to not overwhelm the delicate fish.

We also had an order of "Nantuckets' Own Soonabee Salad" ($4.75) that the menu says is "Soonabee Famous." I don't know how famous it is likely to be, but it was certainly a deluxe version with several types of lettuce, red onion rings, peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, goat cheese, mandarin oranges and a sweet vinaigrette dressing.

The appetizers were served with warm white and wheat rolls that had a butter glaze and flaky corn muffins.

We couldn't resist a special of the evening -- the pasta lovers entree ($23.95) -- which had lobster medallions, shrimp, scallops and pasta bow ties in a light cream crab sauce with sun-dried tomatoes.

We also decided to try the broiled loin lamb chops ($18.95). We were pleased with the big portion of three large, thick, juicy and very tender chops.

For dessert, we couldn't pass up "Nannys Cinnfully Delicious Brownie" ($4.50). It was one of the best chocolate concoctions we have ever tasted. It was served in a large goblet with a brownie base, cinnamon ice cream, rich fudge topping and garnished with bright red strawberries.

We also had a slice of chocolate cake ($4.50), which featured a layer of light chocolate custard and a layer of chocolate cake. We enjoyed the moist cake, but wished the chocolate taste had been more pronounced.

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