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Paul Jul 17, 2004 06:56 PM

I will be staying between Orleans and Chatham for 2 nights next week, can anyone give me some good food recs close by (within 1/2 hour drive)?

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    Rick RE: Paul Jul 18, 2004 02:48 AM

    For one, the Chatham Squire on Main Street. Another, the Orleans Inn.

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      Lily RE: Rick Jul 25, 2004 01:25 PM

      From Chatham to Provincetown is the best part of the Cape as far as I'm concerned. We always enjoy eating at Moby Dick's Seafood on Route 6 in Wellfleet when we go to the Cape. They have the freshest and best lobster and clams that I have ever had and the owners are the nicest people you would ever want to meet. The Whitman House in Truro is also wonderful. It is located in an old house...quite lovely....and the food is delicious. For breakfast be sure to check out The Hearth n' Kettle in Orleans (they also have a few othe locations on the Cape). Nice place and great food.

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      Ralph Cramden RE: Paul Jul 18, 2004 07:39 AM

      You are staying in a really beautiful part of the Cape. A few recommendations that we enjoy...Brewster Fish House...it is a small place so if you don't want a long wait arrive early. Not cheap but a very good meal.. Cooke's in Orleans which was suggested earlier on the board...excellent, casual 'clam shack'...I had a lobster roll which was generously filled with choice lobster meat...Sundae School ice cream in Orleans...went there a few times the last time we were at the Cape.

      Have a nice trip.

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        Ralph Cramden RE: Paul Jul 18, 2004 07:48 AM

        You are staying in a really beautiful part of the Cape. A few recommendations that we enjoy...Brewster Fish House...it is a small place so if you don't want a long wait arrive early. Not cheap but a very good meal.. Cooke's in Orleans which was suggested earlier on the board...excellent, casual 'clam shack'...I had a lobster roll which was generously filled with choice lobster meat...Sundae School ice cream in Orleans...went there a few times the last time we were at the Cape.

        Have a nice trip.

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          AGM/Cape Cod RE: Paul Jul 18, 2004 08:57 AM

          One of our favorites is Vining's Bistro in Chatham. It is on the second floor of the building across the driveway from the Christian Science Reading Room.

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            Far Far RE: Paul Jul 19, 2004 12:41 PM

            It's been a while, but I remember a (then) excellent restaurant in Chatham called the "Impudent Oyster". Good imaginative fare. Has anyone been there recently? Is it worth recommending to Paul?

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              virginiagal RE: Far Far Jun 20, 2010 04:56 PM

              my husband and i ate there for lunch around thanksgiving 2009. We loved it!! food was wonderful! we ate the local bay scallops and they were in season. would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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              Jen RE: Paul Jul 19, 2004 05:46 PM

              Where are you staying? We're going there in the fall and are staying at "A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay" which I think is in the area that you mentioned.

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                ellie RE: Paul Jul 20, 2004 01:06 PM

                Well, depends what you are looking for, but in Orleans there's Nauset Beach Club (pricey northern Italian), Joe's Beach Bar and Grill (also fairly pricey but the bar side is very casual), Mahoney's (moderate), Yardarm (more casual, good burgers) Land Ho (casual, fried stuff). In Brewster there's Brewster Fish which everyone raves about but I've never been able to get into...no reservations and waits can be 2 hours. And if you want an 8 course ultra fancy meal there's Chillingsworth in Brewster. People like Cooke's for fried food, but I don't like the sterile-feeling atmosphere...fluorescent and formica. That's all I can think of for now. Have fun.

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                  part-time Cape Codder RE: Paul Jul 25, 2004 11:29 AM

                  In Orleans, The Old Jailhouse Tavern on West Road is a favorite of ours. Large, imaginative menu in an imaginative building (old stone building is the oldest survicing jail in MA). The chicken wings (Jailbirds) routinely win Best Wings in annual polls.

                  In Hyannis, Tugboats at the Hyannis Marina is also a fav. spot to bring our company. The menu is nice enough, large and something for everyone. The place is on the 2nd floor above the marina. Has indoor seating, a heated covered deck with moveable plastic sides for windy or drizzly days and an outdoor deck with umbrella tables and a rooftop raw bar. The views of constant boat traffic is fun - the kids always get a kick out of the loud blasts when the ferries are coming/going.

                  In Dennisport, Clancy's on Upper County Road is on the banks of Swan Pond River overlooking salt marsh and a nesting area. It's common to see herons and egrets in addition the the usual gulls, swans and geese.

                  Captain Parker's Pub on Rt. 28 in West Yarmouth is OK - food is good but not newsworthy, except for the clam chowder. It is incredible! I don't know what they do to tweak it, but they have won the Chowder Fest so often they've been retired from competition to give someone else a chance.

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                    part-time Cape Codder RE: Paul Jul 25, 2004 11:31 AM

                    In Orleans, The Old Jailhouse Tavern on West Road is a favorite of ours. Large, imaginative menu in an imaginative building (old stone building is the oldest survicing jail in MA). The chicken wings (Jailbirds) routinely win Best Wings in annual polls.

                    In Hyannis, Tugboats at the Hyannis Marina is also a fav. spot to bring our company. The menu is nice enough, large and something for everyone. The place is on the 2nd floor above the marina. Has indoor seating, a heated covered deck with moveable plastic sides for windy or drizzly days and an outdoor deck with umbrella tables and a rooftop raw bar. The views of constant boat traffic is fun - the kids always get a kick out of the loud blasts when the ferries are coming/going.

                    In Dennisport, Clancy's on Upper County Road is on the banks of Swan Pond River overlooking salt marsh and a nesting area. It's common to see herons and egrets in addition the the usual gulls, swans and geese.

                    Captain Parker's Pub on Rt. 28 in West Yarmouth is OK - food is good but not newsworthy, except for the clam chowder. It is incredible! I don't know what they do to tweak it, but they have won the Chowder Fest so often they've been retired from competition to give someone else a chance.

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                      Jody, full-time Cape Codder RE: Paul Jul 28, 2004 02:12 PM

                      The Contrast Bistro on Route 6A in Dennis is a hidden jewel of a restaurant. The owner and staff are committed to good service in this unique and small restaurant, the food is delicious because the chef is talented and uses the best and freshest of whatever is in season, and the ambiance is eclectic - you're certain you've noticed everything on your first visit but return visits prove you wrong - and the desserts are scrumptious. Sunday brunch is special as a great jazz duo of guitar and bass play classic standards. (It is rated by Zagat's.)

                      Our other favorites are Mahoney's on Main Street in Orleans, the Old Yarmouth Inn on Route 6A in Yarmouthport (great food at very reasonable prices), Abbicci on Route 6A in Yarmouthport (expensive, but excellent food and wine list), Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse in Harwich, Fazio's Restaurant on Main Street in Hyannis (reasonably priced, excellent, home-cooked Italian), Inaho on Route 6A in Yarmouthport or Misaki's off West Main Street in Hyannis are excellent sushi restaurants, Regatta of Cotuit (ambience and good food and wine, but pricey), Roadhouse in Hyannis (if you're a jazz lover go on Monday nights when Dick Johnson, leader of Artie Shaw Band and Lou Colombo and friends really heat up the music room), and Ross's Grill in Provincetown. For a bit of Old Cape Cod nostalgia and if you're willing to travel a bit, go for lobster at the Chart Room in Cataumet. It looks out on Kingman Marina, but a word of advice - go early! We've also heard some great jazz there.

                      Link: http://www.contrastbistro.com/main_fl...

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                        jimluv RE: Paul Sep 11, 2007 09:45 AM

                        Just spent a nice week in Orleans with 2 kids and in-laws. For ice cream I concur with Sundae School but would add Hot Chocolate Sparrow which has a great coffee shop too. We had many good meals at Cobie's Clam Shack which served fresh, non-greasy fried clams and also has good ice cream. For a bit more upscale experience we ate a phenomenal meal at Abba. The cooking is both original and delicious, a rare commodity anywhere, but especially on the Cape. Also in Orleans, we went to Mahoney's where the whole family loved the friendly atmosphere and the good food. Finally, go to Mac's Shack. You will probably have to endure a wait , but you will be rewarded with a fine dining experience. My whole family found something the liked there, from sushi to a fresh lobster. The bar scene is quite lvely as well and the local oysters aren't any fresher anywhere.

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                        Hot Chocolate Sparrow
                        5 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653

                        Cobie's
                        3260 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

                        Abba
                        89 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 02653

                        Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill
                        28 Main St, Orleans, MA 02653

                        Macs Shack
                        91 Commercial St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

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                          bethmans RE: Paul Aug 3, 2008 10:34 AM

                          Abba is the best on Cape, but try Blue Coral in chatham. The Beach House at Chatham Bars INn is terrible. The Impudent Oyster is always good, need reservation. The Brewster Fish House is good, either go early or late.Arnold;s is best for fried clams and onion rings.

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                            luci RE: bethmans Aug 3, 2008 12:56 PM

                            Where /what is Blue Coral?

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                            terrystu RE: Paul Aug 4, 2008 01:28 PM

                            I agree with other posters about Brewster fish house, its always terrific, and you won't wait if you get there by 5.
                            Avoid at all costs:
                            Hearth'n'Kettle-typical chain food,not good
                            Cap'n Parkers- defines the phrase "tourist trap." Mediocre food and absolutely awful clam chowder, completely bland, as though they threw some clam bits in a bowl of milk.

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                              marcia2 RE: terrystu Aug 4, 2008 03:09 PM

                              I had lunch at Blue Coral last summer. It's tucked away in back of some other stuff on the main street in Chatham, has a tropical theme going and a casual, varied menu. It was lunch time, the 5 year old was HUNGRY and so we went in with some trepidation, expecting mediocre food and a place that was all about a touristy bar scene and so we ordered simply. We were very pleasantly surprised by hamburgers and a grilled tuna sandwich we really enjoyed. We'll be in Chatham again this summer and will likely try it again. I wouldn't necessarily drive from any great distance, but if you're in Chatham it's a perfectly nice option.

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                                Afar RE: marcia2 Dec 20, 2008 03:01 PM

                                The finer restaurants on Cape Cod are under terrible stress this off-season due to the bad economy. No one knows which will go out of business next. Here are a few I hope never go down: on Route 6A at the Brewster/Dennis line Gracie's Table for wonderful tapas, in Yarmouth Port, Inaho for terrific fresh sushi. On Route 28 in Cotuit, Regatta and Hannah on Main Street Hyannis for the arty approach to good food. Asia is ok in Mashpee for a mix of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese. For a taste of history do The Daniel Webster Inn in Sandwich, a new head chef has them cook'n again.

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                                  CapeCodGuy RE: Afar Dec 20, 2008 06:44 PM

                                  Had dinner at Dan'l Webster last Sat. night and was thoroughly underwhelmed. In fact, it was quite awful. I ordered the usually reliable veal oscar and it was obvious that someone new was in the kitchen, and not in a good way. My wife had a strip steak that was nothing special and not worth the tarrif. I'd put Daniel Webster on my avoid list form now on. Your other mentions have been very reliablae in my experience.

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                                    lvnddream RE: CapeCodGuy Jun 18, 2009 06:08 PM

                                    2 places that should continue to gather strong recommendations - always been our favorites when visiting the Cape - the Chart Room in Pocasset and The Quarterdeck on Main St in Falmouth. Quarterdeck feels like the "Cheers" of the Cape. As a matter of fact, I believe that Eddie Doyle of the Bull and Finch Pub frequents here/toasting one or two with pal Tommy Leonard (Falmouth Road Race originator). Great local fare with long term, friendly staff

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