Some of the best advise we’ve heard when it comes to finding a restaurant with great food and great value is to “go where the locals go” – Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar.
If you’ve flown on or off Nantucket, you’ve probably seen this eatery at the airport. But it’s not just a place to stop for coffee and snack when your flight is delayed: this is a destination for many island residents looking for a bountiful breakfast, fast lunch, or affordable dinner out. On Wing Night, you might actually have trouble finding a seat!
Crosswinds serves continuously from 5:30 in the morning until 9 at night. And, there’s plenty of free parking, a real plus on busy weekends and in-season. Indoor and outdoor seating is offered at Crosswinds. It’s a bit unusual to dine on a patio just a few yards from the tarmac, but it’s one of our favorite spots for breakfast and discovered that the patio is warm, bright, and nowhere near as noisy as you’d think. Most of the planes land and depart a good distance away and are fun to watch—you won’t have to entertain any youngsters you’ve brought along, they love to see the planes. Inside, there is a roomy and comfortable dining room that has recently been renovated. Separated from the dining room is a bar with counter seating and a couple of tall tables. We know a number of die-hard fans who say it’s a fun place to watch the game.
The day starts earlier at Crosswinds then at any other island restaurant, and breakfast continues well past lunchtime, so whether you get up early or are on “vacation time,” you can have breakfast most of the day. In fact, Crosswinds even has a section of their dinner menu called “Breakfast at Night” featuring three of their morning favorites.
They serve it all—from a hearty Breakfast Sandwich to a Smoked Salmon Benedict. They offer short stacks and tall of Buttermilk Pancakes and Thick Cut Brioche French Toast, and just about every version of eggs you can think of…Over Easy, Scrambled (try their flavorful Portuguese or Greek Scrambles), Steak & Eggs, Hash & Eggs, Breakfast Burrito, and generous Omelettes with a variety of fillings Go at 8 am, call it brunch, and indulge in a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or Screwdriver from their bar (from 11 am on Sundays).
For a light morning meal, there’s fruit and berries, yogurt and granola, bagel and cream cheese, oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, and coffee how you like it.
At 11 am, soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, and lunch entrees are added to the offerings. In addition to a Black Angus Burger, B.L.T., Tuna Salad, Grilled Cheese, and Grilled Chicken Sandwich, lunch also features a Classic Reuben, a Chipolte Pastrami Melt, Philly Cheese Steak, a Fish Sandwich, Chicken Pot Pie with puff pastry lid, Cobb Salad, and a very popular and well done Beer Battered Fish & Chips.
“Classic American comfort food” is how the dinner menu was described to us. We think it’s apt though it leaves out some of their creative specials, like the “Taste of India” and Chef’s Showcase offered every Saturday evening. In addition to those Saturday night specials, Monday is their Home-Style Chicken Dinner Special for just $10.95; Tuesday is Steakhouse Sizzle ($12.95 for a 12 oz Prime Rib or a 10 oz. NY Strip or an 8 oz. Filet with mashed potatoes and vegetable). Arrive early on Wednesday nights: their Endless Pasta Night ($8.95 for all you can eat Alfredo or Bolognese) AND Wing Night (50 cents apiece for their jumbo wings) is very popular.
Thursday Night is when they serve the Crosswinds Famous BBQ Ribs (half rack of pork ribs with cornbread, potato salad, and coleslaw for just $11.95); Friday Night they serve Fish & Chips for just $9.95, and you’ll see half the island there; and their Sunday night special is a Traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixin’s for just $9.95.
Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar
508-228-6005 • CrosswindsNantucket.com
Open year-round, 365 days a year at Nantucket Memorial Airport
Breakfast served 5:30 am to 2 pm (plus “Breakfast at Night”)
Lunch served 11 am to 5 pm • Dinner from 5 to 9 pm
full bar • indoor & outdoor seating • families welcome, children’s menu
Entire menu offered for takeout • “grab-n-go” counter
Dinner Entrees range from $9.95 to $19.95, most between $12.95 to $13.95
private celebrations can be arranged
plenty of free parking