Oran Mor bistro is one of Nantucket’s top restaurants, thriving in the hands of Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, Chris Freeman. Freeman has a fine touch with a menu that changes from season to season with sometimes unusual, ever fresh ingredients served with simple, yet elegant style. The night we were there, every one of the three handsome dining rooms on the second floor of a historic home were full with happy diners. We looked with envy on a happy couple eating dinner in solitary splendor on a treetop deck. The culinary highlights of the night for us were the Butter Poached Nantucket Lobster appetizer with Potato Lemon Gnocchi, Pattypan Squash, Arugula, and Tarragon Buerre Blanc ($22) and the fresh-off-the-boat main entrees, Grilled Line Caught Striped Bass with Red Pepper Broth, Zucchini Linguini, Grilled Calamari, and Picholine Olives ($33) and the Sauteed Day Boat Scallops with Saffron Rissotto, Mussels, Chorizo, Fennel, and Tomato-Coriander Nage. Everything about Oran Mor is top flight from a superb wine list featuring some little known American wines by smaller producers, on through a thoughtfully creative menu.Oran Mor, 2 South Beach Street, Nantucket; 508-228-8655, www.oranmorbistro.com
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