Things change every year. Restaurants open and close. Chefs come and go. Policies change. And this year every chef is using hazelnuts. Maybe there was a sale somewhere?
- Oran Mor has been great for years, but this year everything was perfect. We found it the island’s best restaurant.
- The Boarding House has really moved up to 3-star status. Everything was well prepared and served. And it remains moderately priced. Now maybe they can get better looking salt shakers.
- The Brotherhood is serving great burgers at last. Fries still frozen, but otherwise this is a pretty good place.
- Lola’s back in town! LolaBurger is out by the rotary and is doing a land office business in delicious burgers. If only the parking and the fries were better.
- The Proprietors is new in town. Food is good but still a bit off-beat. Sure to be even better next year.
- American Seasons continues to be one of the finest restaurants on the island.
- Le Languedoc is one of the top island restaurants. Don’t miss it.
- Ventuno has really hit its stride and is wonderful.
- Straight Wharf is also doing a tremendously creative job.
- Galley Beach has introduced a $15 valet parking charge. Not the best way to distinguish itself, since the new chef has increased prices and reduced portion sizes.
- The Company of the Cauldron has changed chefs and it seems a bit less imaginative.
- The Rose and Crown is now using frozen fries and the chef is rather careless with cooking instructions.
- The SeaDog Brew Pub makes their own very good potato chips, but uses frozen fries. The beef tacos are a horror and the burgers too big to pick up. Not that we’d bother.
- The Club Car could get worse, but it’s riding on its prior reputation and not really worth a visit.
Places that are very good and haven’t changed:
- Millie’s is wonderful and the sunsets are free.
- The Downyflake never fails to delight.
- Fog Island Café is terrific for breakfast and reasonable.
- The Sea Grille is one of the island’s best bargains for great food. They really know how to accommodate youngsters.
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