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Diamond Dish: Topper’s at The Wauwinet

Toppers at the Wauwinet

Diamond Designation: Five Diamond (Leading-edge cuisine, ingredients and preparation with extraordinary service and surroundings. Learn more about AAA Diamonds.)

Location: 120 Wauwinet Rd, Nantucket, Mass.

Topper’s is a can’t-miss dining spot overlooking Nantucket Bay. Led by Executive Chef Kyle Zachary, the kitchen makes the most of the local bounty with island favorites like lobster rolls and Retsyo oysters on the half shell, plucked from the water just yards from the dock.

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In a review of the property, a AAA inspector describes Topper’s as an “extraordinary gem” inside of The Wauwinet, an elegant beachside hotel. But it is the details – an upscale dining room, impeccable service, memorable prix fixe menu and wine list of 1,550 wines – that have earned it the prestigious AAA Five Diamond designation, reserved for only the best of the best. For a more casual atmosphere, grab a spot on the deck for the views of the bay under a heated awning.

Lobster Rolls

  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola
  • Kosher salt
  • 1¼ pound lobster meat
  • 4 brioche buns
  • 4 leaves Boston bibb lettuce
  • Bread and butter pickles

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, mustard and lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the oil. Season with salt. Dress the lobster meat with the mayonnaise.

To assemble, split four brioche buns and butter the cut side. Toast the cut side on a griddle until golden brown. Place a leaf of Boston bibb lettuce on the bottom half of each bun. Top with equal amounts of lobster salad and top with the other half of the bun. Serve with a few bread and butter pickles.

Serves 4.

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2 Thoughts on “Diamond Dish: Topper’s at The Wauwinet

  1. Hi you showed a recipe for Lobster Rolls from Topper’s Restaurant in Nantucket, Mass.; however the instructions say to dress the lobster meat with the mayonnaise but in the ingredients list there is no mayonnaise; just wondering how much Mayo goes in or does it mix in with the rest of the ingredients. Thank you

    1. Hi Lorraine!
      The recipe features homemade mayonnaise, which is what you get by mixing together the egg, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, oil and salt.
      Hope that helps! Let us know how it comes out if you make it.
      Take care,
      Dana L.

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