Corazon del Mar is a creative fiesta jazzing up Nantucket’s dining scene, especially in the off-season. This Latin kitchen and Tequileria specializes in entrees with flair in a hot spot offering relaxed dining ambiance and a fun atmosphere. We started off with zippy Margaritas followed by warm tortilla chips served with excellent guacamole ($11)—recommended by our helpful waitress. In the salsa-colored Tequileria bar and cafe, we enjoyed chef-recommended Warm Stuffed Medjool Dates ($7.50) and our favorite appetizer of the night, fresh Nantucket Fluke Teradito marinated in lemon and Yuzu juice–so so good. Next we chowed down on a Lobster & Shrimp Ceviche Tostada ($18) stuffed with local lobster and Key West shrimp. The Ceviche is a specialty here, spiced up with Corazon’s special green chili crack sauce. Next we enjoyed Grilled Baby Octopus Stew ($15), tender octopus bits in delicate ham broth with fresh chick peas and marinated tomatoes, perfectly complemented by our entree of three Tecate-Battered Baja Codfish Tacos ($23) with Jicama cabbage and a chipolte cole slaw of pickled carrots, Chipolta mayo, and avocado salsa with beans and red rice—tender fish, perfectly spiced sauce and slaw—just superb. On a cool island night, Corazon del Mar was a soul-warming culinary delight.—Susan Dewey
27 South Water Street, Nantucket, 508 228-0815,
Stroll up to the take-out window at Porky’s Barbeque and Grill at Sandy Neck Beach and you’ll find a menu of hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, and other comfort food for beach bums. But more importantly, you’ll find some of the meanest barbeque pulled pork and beef brisket on the Cape. The family-run restaurant uses their secret barbeque seasoning recipe, developed over 18 years, to marinate the succulent, smoky, slow-cooked pork and beef, giving it an irresistible taste—at first subtle sweetness, then a bite of spiciness, then finishing off sweet again. And this is all before dousing it with Porky’s three special sauces—the sweet, the tangy, or the spicy chipotle. Try the BBQ beef brisket sandwich, a mound of black angus beef chopped into tender cuts and mounded on a roll ($7) with a side of homemade baked beans or Cole slaw ($1.75 each). Just place your order, carry your food-filled tray over to a picnic table, and enjoy the perfect no-frills beachside feast. At their main restaurant location in Hyannis, Porky’s has an extensive selection of hearty, southern-style favorites like mac n’ cheese and shepherds pie that are sure to curb a craving The meat is smoking and the sauces are simmering—it’s time to take a taste of some sweet and spicy Southern barbeque while looking out to the Cape beach!—Jill Jansson
Sandy Neck Road, East Sandwich, (508) 375-9200. Open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily during the summer.
12 Thornton Drive, Hyannis, (508) 775-4227. Serving breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday and dinner Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
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