solo dining in p-town
Starting Sunday I'll be in Provincetown for a week, taking classes at the Fine Arts Work Center. Can anyone recommend budget-friendly restaurants good for a solo diner? I'm set for breakfast, but I'll need lunch and dinner recommendations.
Thanks in advance!
So, in 5 days, and on a budget I hit the following in P-town:
Clem and Ursie's--despite all the praise on the board, I was not impressed. I had a lobster roll with too little lobster and the mysterious addition of a flavorless tomato and leaf of iceberg. The bar menu and wine list was impressive, though. For this type of casual seafood, I much prefer Lenny and Joe's in CT.
Karoo Cafe--a casual eatery on Commercial Street with some interesting looking South African dishes that I didn't try because of the heat. On a 98-degree day, I enjoyed a Mediterranean wrap with crunchy lettuce, grape leaves, and tasty hummus, with a drink for $9. Pretty budget for P-town.
Far Land--this little grocery store on Bradford was my savior. They have picnic-perfect packaged meals for around $10. Fried chicken, rice and beans, great soups such as vichyssoise and sandwiches made with quality ingredients. Frequently I came here to pick up breakfast, like their delicious pear muffins, and a cup of tea. The groceries are pricey, but I thought the sub-$10 sandwiches and packaged meals were a good deal.
Level (The Commons)--On Commercial near Pearl, this was my big splurge. Kinda bizarre setup, though. There is a somewhat formal dining room, a casual bar with a patio, and a juice bar, all attached to an inn. On to the food. The menu seemed pretty standard: calimari, clam chowder, chicken with mustard, etc. The daily specials, however, looked appealing: a curried soup and sea bass over tomatoes were standouts. I had the sea bass, and with the tomatoes tasted the first in-season produce I'd had during my week in New England. The bass had a perfect crust, and I enjoyed dinner with a glass of Spanish white recommended by the friendly bartender. I ate early, at 6, so the place was pretty empty and my dinner was brought down by the chef, a young guy just out of CIA who said he was revising the menu. Based on the specials he created, I would definitely recommend stopping in during the coming weeks. Note to FAWC students: there is a $20.06 prix fixe that includes salad or soup, an entree, dessert and a glass of wine. Pick up a coupon at the work center.
Thanks for the recs above. I also stopped in at Angel Foods, which I enjoyed strolling through. It's a nice old-fashioned grocery store with upscale items. I browsed the offerings and picked up some pear yogurt with granola.
Thanks for the update.
You mentioned pear yogurt with Granola. Was this "Liberte Six Grains?" If so YUM! I have it for breakfast every morning and I'm so glad they still have it.
You were all set for breakfast so I never mentioned Devon where we treat ourselves to great breakfast and at least a couple of dinners every year.
P-town is not really a budget place!
We love Ross' Grill at the end of Whaler's Wharf. It's not cheap but it is well prepared food with good portions. They also have an excellent wine by the glass program and a nice bar where the staff will make you welcome.
We had an email from their outstanding bartender Janet, saying she was not coming North this year and would miss us. We'll miss her too. But, we have had excellent service from other staff members.
You should also check out Clem and Ursis on Shankpainter Road, across from the Supermarket. Excellent take out, wonderful bakery and lots of picnic stuff to go. It also has a nice casual eat in area.
Don't forget the picnic on the beach idea. We do take out from Angel Foods on the East end of Commercial Street. Pricey but less than a restaurant meal.
The Commons has a communal feeling and the food is okay.
All this said, we don't go down until the end of August into September so all these recommendations are based on last year.
There is a tiny fish shack on the west side of MacMillian pier where we buy lobsters. You can also eat inside at their tables. That might be a good place to try some simple seafood. They are really nice folks.
The bar at Napis might be a good place to get a quick meal. It is pub grub- basic but okay.
Stroll the town. There are menus out in most places and in P-town everyone has an opinion and will be glad to share it. So ask the shopkeepers, your instructors and innkeepers.
Let the rest of us know what you find. It good to have a hound headed down as a scout for us.
"All this said, we don't go down until the end of August into September so all these recommendations are based on last year."
For folks not familiar with P-town, this is an important caveat: there is a long tradition of seasonal shifts in the culinary constellation of the town. Every season, things can change. Former stars dim, new stars are born, and there is always movement.