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Jun 2, 2003 02:08 PM

Cape Cod Help (Martha's Vineyard Too!)

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Heading to the Cape late this month for three days/nights. We are staying at a B & B, so we only need lunches and dinners. Any feedback on the following curiousities? We plan on casual lunches, and a mix of dinners (with one or two splurges).

Baxter's (Hyannis)
Bramble Inn (Brewster)
Brewster Fish House (Brewster)
Four Seas Ice Cream (Centreville)
Inaho (Yarmouth Port)
Mildred's Chowder House (Hyannis)
Misaki (Hyannis)
Regatta of Cotuit at the Crocker House (Cotuit)
Vining's Bistro (Chatham)

Are we missing anything?

Oh, yeah, and if you have any suggestions for a casual lunch (we'll be biking) in Martha's Vineyard, that'd be great too. Thanks!

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  1. On Phantom Gourmet, they had Kerry C. from Ch. 4 early news talking about her favorite upscale dining and she loved Regatta of Cotuit (even tho that name sounds so pretentious).

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    1. re: Joanie

      Re: Lunch on the Vineyard -- Linda Jean's is a great breakfast spot, but if I had only one day to spend on the island, I'd eat lunch elsewhere. The food is tasty and generous but is basically standard diner fare.

      If it's a beautiful, sunny day, take a walk along Oak Bluffs harbor and have an outdoor lunch at one of the many harborside food stands such as Nancy's or the Raw Bar. You'll find a bunch of options ranging from seafood and mexican to sandwiches and burgers. Everything is right there, so you can take your pick, and eat your selection while watching the boats come and go in the harbor just a few feet in front of you. Another OB favorite is the Lookout Tavern, which has great sushi and fish sandwiches and overlooks the ferry terminal and beach.

      If you will not be in OB at lunchtime, good choices in Edgartown are the Newes and David Ryan's. Another idea: On my visit last weekend, we stopped at Edgartown's Depot Market, a little convenience store/gas station, and picked up a great picnic lunch. They have prepared sandwiches which are out of this world (Curried chicken & roasted red pepper wraps, buffalo turkey on whole wheat, etc) prepared pasta and potato salads in to-go containers, and wonderful baked treats like brownies and cookies. Add chips and a drink, and, for about $8.00, you're set for the afternoon. We took the lunch out to Mytoi garden on Chappaquiddick and had a picnic.

      Have a great day out there!

      1. re: Joanie

        I can vouch for the Falmouth Harbor Regatta being one of if not the best restaurant on the Cape. I believe it is no more.The Cotuit is less fish based but supposed to be equally good.

        1. re: Joanie

          Thanks everyone! Those tips all sound good---and we'll take 'em along.

          Karl, regarding Abbici, I've read plenty of good opinions. However, we come from an area loaded with great Italian restaurants (Northeast PA) and have become VERY spoiled and particular. Can we get some kind of "only in New England" seafood dish there? Then, we're in! :)

          1. re: Stan

            SOrry, I missed your reply in an earlier thread yesterday.

            Well, the atmosphere is very, very old New England -- the restaurant is in an old country house (there is a new addition at the back) along the King's Highway. The place used to be the venerable Cranberry Moose years ago, but Abbicci has done a fine turn in succession as a Mediterranean-flavored (not strictly Italian) restuarant.

            Here's their website: call to see if they have any specials that might interest you.


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          AGM/Cape Cod

          Bramble Inn is great. We went last weekend with friends and tried alot of the menu. Be warned that it is a 4 course prix fixe menu ranging from $50-70 with rates being based on the entree. There is a website with prices that I have hopefully linked below.
          Mildred's Chowder House has been sold. I have no idea of what the replacement is like.
          Vining's Bistro ( is another of our favorite places. It doesn't take reservations so we usually go for an early meal and then walk around Main Street Chatham. The lobster taco is wonderful.
          Four Seas has great ice cream and hot fudge.


          1. That's a fun list.

            (I wouldn't break my neck to get to Mildred's Chowder House.)

            I strongly recommend The Red Pheasant in West Dennis on Rte. 6A. It's not so much a fish place -- many people think of it as specializing in game -- but the grilled meats, the sauces, the pates and the appetizers are SWELL.

            Avoid the fish stew. Awful. A conspicuous sore thumb on an otherwise great menu.

            A mysteriously overlooked place.

            Oh. And onion rings at Arnold's in Eastham. NOT AS GOOD AS PHILBRICK'S, but Philbrick's is no more. And second best is still very good.

            1. I vote for Baxter's-- It's on the water with nice views and I believe I had broiled scallops and a baked potato (I was following the Weight Watchers program) when we were there a few years ago-- delicious!

              We enjoyed lunch at Linda Jean's in Oak Bluffs during a day trip to Martha's Vineyard. Can't remember what we had, but I remember the dishes being simple, hearty, and delicious. From the Insiders Guide to Cape Cod, 5th Edition:

              Linda Jean's
              no credit cards • 124 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs• (508) 693-4093

              "If breakfast is your bag, then you'll definitely want to check out Linda Jean's on Circuit Avenue. Fluffy pancakes made from scratch are as good a way as any to start the day on the island. A year-round family-owned restaurant, it is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Linda Jean's also serves lunch and dinner--check out the seafood platter with a full plate of clams, scallops, shrimp, haddock, fries, and cole slaw. Good stuff! Open year-round, it has been an Oak Bluffs fixture for 20 years."

              1. As for the two Japanese places, Misaki is the better and,in my view, has more authentic Japanese cuisine than Inaho. Inaho is in a nicer location, but, in my humble opinion, if you are going for the food, Misaki wins, hands down.

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                1. re: billy

                  I went to Misaki recently and was pleasantly surprised. It is very authentic Japanese, homestyle, and had one of the best versions of udon I've had in a while. The sushi is also some of the freshest I've had in a while. Just be aware that service is rather slow and limited, so try to go early.