Rick Erwin’s Nantucket

It was Valentine’s Day and Chris had made reservations at the last Rick Erwin’s restaurant we had not tried. I loved Rick Erwin’s Level 10 in Spartanburg. Anyway, back to Nantucket…The upscale seafood restaurant is located on the first floor of a hotel overlooking the area where a temporary ice skating rink is set up during the winter across from the Peace Center.

I went with the Valentine’s special which included an appetizer, entree and dessert. Chris had the seafood platter.

After we made a dent in the signature bread accompanied by oil and vinegar, we started on our She Crab Soup and Clam Chowder. I liked the she crab soup but it was a little on the sweet side. I paired it with Chris’s oyster crackers which restored balance to the force. The clam chowder was great.

The Entrance

I opted for the Shrimp and Grits with a side of Asparagus. I was expecting more of a gravyesque, Fleet Landing type dish but it had a tomato base. I liked it but it was very different. I would order it again though. I’m an order-the-same-thing-every-time type because I like to know what to expect. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. The asparagus was excellent. Rick Erwin’s always does a good job with their asparagus.

Chris’s trio (Lobster Tail, Scallops, Crab) was very tasty. That lobster tail, though! It was so good. The scallop was paired with a bacon jelly which was an unexpected but good combination. The crab was fine. There was a little aftertaste. Overall, I would have ordered his entree instead of mine.

Lobster Tail

We capped our experience with an exquisite Creme Brûlée garnished with a raspberry and strawberry. My presentation oriented mind wished there was a blueberry or blackberry on the plate for balance. #firstworldproblems Anyway, it was uber creamy and the top was perfectly toasted.

The service was attentive and unobtrusive which is how we like it. The setting felt very urban and classy. We had a great experience and may go back in the future once we finish our culinary tour of Greenville.

Creme Brûlée

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