Just a short drive north of Ocean City, Maryland, on highway one, you will find Nantuckets.
A long-standing gem of the eastern shore that screams New England in a good way, and you can smell the kitchen's deliciousness as soon as you park and get out of the car! The restaurant was booming, with a 30-minute wait. Thanks to my Open Table reservation, we had a short wait (5 minutes). Our table was already being cleaned, which gave us the perfect moment for a pit stop at their beautiful bar. I started with the Violet Beauregard, which tastes like a deep sophistication balanced with an aromatic Blueberry-Butterfly Pea Syrup.
After drinks at their highly sought-after bar seats that got scooped up in a hurry by thankful regulars, we moved to our table. We schmoozed as they called their appetizers and enjoyed their Crab and Artichoke Bubbly Bake with a crispy ciabatta toast as our starter. This crab dip is delicious, a little spicy, unique, and well-crafted.
I had the Nantucket Bouillabaisse ~ Shrimp, Sea scallops, Middle neck clams, PEl mussels, and local fish simmered in a tomato saffron broth with a dollop of Tucket's Aioli.
If you love seafood bakes, this is for you, and if you are watching your carbs, this dish is perfect for you. Healthy, delicious, full of flavor, and a beautiful presentation that will make the table jealous.
You will notice hockey sticks displayed in the bar area from the Lake Placid Olympics, Miracle Game & Gold Medal games when you visit.
There is a true love story behind the hockey sticks considering that is where Delaney's parents had their first date!
What we ordered:
Drink: Violet Beauregard
App: Crab and Artichoke Bubbly
Entree: Nantucket Bouillabaisse
Entree: Shrimp & Scallops over Pasta
Get a side of asparagus. It was well seasoned and a generous portion.
The manager, and Sommelier, graciously came to the table to answer a few questions and tell me a little history about his family's restaurant.
So why is one of the best restaurants in Fenwick, Delaware, named after an island 500 miles away?
It's called Nantuckets because the owners honeymooned in Nantucket and loved their time there.
Some other fun facts
Delaney's mom grew up on 600 cow farm, and his dad was a
pro skier. If you love the color pink, you have to sit in the bar area and dawn your prettiest in pink attire when you visit for a delicious dinner.
You will find more of a mature and classy crowd, with a bar area that gives speakeasy energy and provides some of the most unique and handcrafted cocktails on the eastern shore.
( great place for people who like to eat at the bar )
I would suggest casual fancy beach attire. Shower the sand off, get prettied up and wear something that would make your parents proud, and you will fit right in with the fabulous locals that call this place
Amazing, when you park your car and get out and take the first whiff, you will thank me for sending you there.
This place is most definitely a #phabsfoodyfinds!
Great Happy Hour in Fenwick and North Ocean City
Everyday 4-6 in the wine bar & wine Wednesday, $10 off bottles of wine
15 minutes from Ocean City, MD
30 minutes from Rehoboth, DE