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The Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant

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The Brant Point Grill is an elegant restaurant in the White Elephant Hotel with a lovely view of the harbor. During the summer, you sit on an open air porch, but as it cools off, they turn on some heaters and lower a clear plastic curtain. The service and setting are most elegant.

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Despite the restaurant being a “grill,” there are just 3 steaks on the menu.

16 oz prime aged ribeye, $56

12 oz Pineland Farms New York Strip, $44, and

8 oz Pineland Farms Filet Mignon, $49

They are available with several sauces: at no extra charge: Wild Mushroom , Béarnaise , Red Wine, Peppercorn, Blue Cheese, and Homemade Steak.

In addition they offer 2 Lb lobster an Surf and Turf ($110 for two), and a Clambake for two ($90).

All entrees are a la carte, so if you want vegetables or potatoes, you have to order them for $8 each. We ordered grilled vegetables (they were yellow beans that night), Steak Fries, Asparagus and Radish Salad, Bake Beans, Whipped Potatoes, Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries and Creamed Spinach.

Unlike their sister restaurant Nantucket Prime (same ownership), they do offer a few more entrees including Halibut, Fluke, Scallops, Papardelle, Chicken Breast and Black Quinoa.

They also offer a fair number of appetizers, including Crab Cake, Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters, Clam Chowder, Gazpacho, Lobster Salad, Chop Chop Salad, Caesar Salad and Figs and Prosciutto. They also have that ubiquitous and (to us) baffling Lobster Mac and Cheese ($19).

The Chop Chop salad ($15) was an amazingly delicious salad you could make yourself once you know the ingredients: Iceberg, Boiled Egg, Pickled Red Onion, Watercress, Cherry Tomato, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Croutons. It was absolutely terrific.

The Nantucket Crab Cake ($18) served with grilled corn relish, and lemon aioli was meaty and made without any of those annoying fillers you get in cheaper restaurants. However, being a Maryland crab cake fan, we would have liked it better with some mustard mixed in.

The aged ribeye ($56) was extremely good, very tender and juicy and the Béarnaise sauce perfectly prepared and not too sour.

The Seared Sea Scallops ($39) was served with cauliflower, baby leeks and a Pearl Barley Salad (y’es, we misread that too!). This was a beautifully presented dish with plenty of large, meaty scallops. However, the cauliflowers were pickled and added a bit more sourness than we would have liked.

For side vegetables, we ordered the grilled vegetables (yellow bean) which were terrific, prepared al dente and still slightly crunchy. We also ordered the Steak Fries, but they came late because the waiter missed that part of our order. They were the one really weak part of the meal, since they were clealy frozen, and were mealy and pretty tasteless.

Overall, we really enjoyed our meal at Brant Point, but were too full to order dessert. You can hace a nice meal, expensive even compared to Nantucket Prime, but with a lovely view and very good service. Our bill with 3 drinks and tax, but before tip was $217.

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