Cape Cod: Lobster Rolls, etc.
I am headed to the Cape for the long weekend and am staying in Wellfleet. I'd love to hear suggestions for where to get the best lobster, lobster rolls, clams, and which are the not-to-miss restaurants in and around Wellfleet and P Town. Definitely want to stick to the seafood places unless there are non-seafood gems that deserve a visit. Thanks in advance!!
I used to be a big fan of Clem and Ursies. I'm still a fan but I find it's gotten very expensive.
A great choice is Townsend Seafood Co..at the beginning of the wharf in PTown. The owner is a young guy who's 3rd generation PTN fisherman..and his family has run the marina for many years. He goes out in the morning and pulls his own traps, buys most of his shellfish and finfish from locals he's known for years or catches the fish himself. I've had lobster rolls, steamed lobsters and fried clams..all great. In the rough type place..no liquor so you can BYOB..great pics on the walls of his dad and some massive tuna.
Last year we were shocked to get a wonderful huge lobster sandwich (on wheat or white) for $8.45 at the Four Corners Ice Cream place in Centerville. This year it went up to $12.90, but still excellent. In Wellfleet, we got the best lobster roll at Mac's Seafood on the pier, great place. Right there is also the Bookstore (better for lunch than dinner, awesome fish reuben sandwich) and Captain Higgins (doesn't look all too inventive, but the specials menu is great) There's a new place on Main St called the Wicked Oyster that we loved, amazing scallop risotto in a lovely restored old building, very classy without being stuffy. Finely JP's is always solid, but small and can get crowded, also it seems the menu has been stuck in a rut for years now, with nothing seemingly new offered (at least when we're there) We stayed right on 6 across from Marconi Beach and every morning woke up to take a long bike ride on the path. Then back to the room, park the bike and immediately go next door to the Oysterman's Grill for $1.30 each raw oysters as a pre-lunch snack. Great place, and only this year did they even buy a fryer. Four years without a fryer on Cape Cod! Amazingly fresh high quality seafood. Aesop's Table was okay, my dinner was excellent but my wife's just passable. Beautiful building but high priced. Right next door you must check out Hatch's Market, amazing smoked fish selection. In Provincetown we loved Lorraine's, classy Mexican place with a wonderful seafood pot dish. Napi's has always been fabulous, but our two trips to Clem and Ursie's got me wondering why people rave so much about it. We wanted to do an oyster triple with the Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet, the Naked Oyster in Hyannis and the Impudent Oyster in Chatham, but never made it to Chatham. And don't go to Hyannis for the Naked Oyster, obscenely high prices, stuffy hostess and waitstaff, they seated us far away from the suited up/dressed to kill and spend money crowd, but our dirtbag money was still good enough, at least we didn't order one of the $45 specials! They tried to gouge out with some "special cut of swordfish" that I had never heard of, no chance! Have fun!
There is no way to get to, or come from Cape Cod, except over two bridges. That brings EVERYONE, either right past, or just a few miles from one of the best Lobster Rolls on the cape. I am speaking about the American Lobster Mart, Just off the South Bourne rotary, as you cross over the Bourne Bridge. Housed in a little lighthouse behind a gas station, these guys put out some of the best seafood on the Cape. They own their own Lobster Boats, so there can be no question about fresh caught, ship to store, lobsters. It is not uncommon to see several 10 to 12+ pounders in their tank, as they are fishing the 1500 foot drop off, out at Georges Banks. Their Lobster roll is still only $11.50 and it is prime. Their other offerings, run the gamut of traditional New England delicacies. The fried sea scallops are a particular favorite of mine, as is the seafood platter for $14.95.
If you have been going by it, stop and give them a visit. If you use the Sagamore Bridge, It's worth the 10 minute drive along the Canal to get there.
My family and I make it a point to try lobster rolls each Spring when on the Cape. Here are my experiences:
Flying Fisherman in Eastham - 15.00 and change for the best. Overflowing, hardly any mayo, no filler. We got cole slaw vs a huge plate of fries.
Moby Dick - 17.99 and pretty darn close but more money. This place is pricey overall.
Sir Crickets- 10.99 and the most mayo I have seen on any lobster roll but huge chunks, not overflowing. If you like mayo and chunks this is a good deal.
Ostervilles at Barnstable Harbor - nothing memorable