Flash back to your last Hamptons weekend at the slick, dinner-only LoLa 41 (15 South Beach St.; 508-325-4001). Chef David Edgar’s menu literally spans the globe with cuisines that touch down in every country on the 41st parallel—that means Japanese-inspired sashimi, a Greek soft-shell crab, and a half-dozen Northern Italian pastas. The best bet, though, might just be the American Black Angus sirloin burger, topped with caramelized onions and Wisconsin Cheddar.
Hit the sweet spot between old and new Nantucket at Straight Wharf Restaurant, which has been around for more than 30 years but was revived by two young Boston chefs in 2006. The menu changes with the seasons and September’s an especially good time to drop by. Fall entrées include the tender, braised rabbit with homemade carrot gnocchi, and a clambake with local corn fondue. The back deck looks right onto the harbor—ask for a table “along the rail.”
If you like your green vegetables truly green, check out Water Street, a cozy bistro where all of the meat, most of the produce, and a handful of the wines are organic.
Sing for your supper at the Summer House Restaurant in the East Coast village of Siasconset. Plenty of polo-shirted, sunburned-from-the-sailboat types (and, recently, Katie Couric) follow their filet mignon au poivre dinners with boozy Cole Porter impressions at the piano bar.