cape cod honeymoon
will be visiting the cape during the off season ( nov 5- 9 ). This will be my first time there...after some research, I have made resevations at Red Phesant and Abba for dinner. Looking for help for a couple of great choices for lunch-definitely looking for the whole lobster roll experience at least one day-and another killer choice for dinner...I'm a chef, but ambience, staff, and history of a place add alot to it- the whole dining experience..I'll be staying in Orleans with my wife, but plan on driving around during the visit to see the area....and help would be greatly appreciated-Thanks.
Back from the honeymoon and a big thank you to everyone for their helpful advice!!!! To little time to try everything, but I'll try and give a fair and honest assesment.....
Stayed in a wonderful B&B-The Whalewalk Inn-Great place, wonderful breakfasts, charming host, and knowledgeable about the cape....
Sunday night after driving 5 plus hours and beat, we went to Land Ho for dinner-Great way to start the trip...Clam bellies, Chowder, and IPA-how do you top that??? Really friendly service, and ambience ( along with really good food) made this a great start to the trip.
Monday we headed north to P-town..stopped in Wellflett on the way to shop(most of the galleries were closed)and eat lunch at the Bookstore. The view and the lunch were as close to a perfect 10 as possible. I had the lobster roll, and my wife had the whole lobster special. Did I mention how sweet and fresh the lobster was??? This was definitely a culinary highpoint for me. I highly suggest this restaurant for the view and the food.
Dinner was quite a dissappointment-We ate at the Red Phesant in Dennis. Some of the low points for me were-my watered down martini, my wife ordered the short ribs and got beef osso bucco, my lamb had no swisschard served with it ( and I love swisschard), and the table next to us was told that after waiting 10 for their dessert, the restaurant was sold out of the item.....Pretty scary for a slow Monday night-was really looking foward to dinner here-glad lunch was so.....good.
Headed into Sandwich for lunch on Tuesday-my innkeepers suggestion was closed, so we ended up having lunch in the tap room at the Daniel Webster Inn. Wow- what a graet lunch. As a chef, I can really appreciate well made soups-the soup sampler here was excellent. The lobster chowder, the roast garlic mushroom, and the veg bean were all on the money. The flavors, freshness, and quality were unbelievable...More clam bellies for me(perfect and less greasy than Land Ho), and a perfectly cooked burger for my wife. Great service, and a choice of two different rooms to dine in make this a special place to visit.
We ate that night at Abba-This was the meal I was REALLY looking foward to. Maybe it was because we had such a great lunch, or our trip was ending, or I had built it up so much, I was just OK with dinner. I had the mussels and the duck, my wife had the falafel and salmon. The mussels were very good, the duck cooked exactly the way I wanted it(rare), but the presentation and quantity for the price was a little off. My wife's salmon -$32- was served over rissotto swimming in oil-nothing to write home about...She said she has had better falafel, and I would agree. Like I stated-good food-didn't blow me away..The next morning speaking to my innkeepers, they said they had eaten there the night before as well-Same opinion-He loved his Scallop App-She was disappointed in the Salmon. Don't get me wrong, would definitely go back...very creative menu, and innovative cuisine.
Overall-great trip-can't wait to return-Thanks again for the tips and I hope I've helped others-Chef Mark
I second the Binnacle and Land Ho! - fun places with atmosphere and good food! No one has mentioned the Nauset Beach Club in Orleans. We happened upon it a few years ago by accident - and what a treat! I had the best veal porterhouse of my life! I have heard they have redone the inside. When we were there it was a little worn, but great food! Try it for a nice dinner - BTW - we spent our honeymoon on the Cape 20 years ago! Stop in at Marconi Station to see a beautiful, rugged beach and check out the bay side at low tide. ENJOY!
I like the Binnacle in Orleans, very casual, somewhat eclectic furnishings, good pizza, pasta and a varied menu. The highlight though, is dessert, especially the meringue, topped with coffee ice cream, praline sauce and toasted almonds!!
In Chatham, I always like the Impudent Oyster for the Portugese stew and the Squire for the freshest fish. I understand there is a Roo Bar in Chatham, and while this is a chain, I thoroughly enjoyed the one in Falmouth. There I had a delicious Kona coffee crusted pork tenderloin!!
Orleans is a great place to settle in for your honeymoon!
There is a lovely coffee house/ice cream shoppe off 6A in Orleans call Chocolate Sparrow. It might be a nice place to squander an afternoon. Acoustic music some nights - the whole coffee house atmosphere.
Steamers, oysters and Harpoon IPA at the Chatham Squire (center of Chatham) punctuate my Cape Cod visits. Try to resist the fabulous fried whole clams; you do not want the full belly on your honeymoon.
"I'm a chef, but ambience, staff, and history of a place add alot to it- the whole dining experience.."
Then I would suggest you try a leisurely ride down Route 6A heading toward Dennis/Brewster. My first rec is the Brewster Fish House. Simple, fresh, delicious preperation. No reservations, but not a problem in November (generally), especially at lunch. The room's as clean and simple and small (!) as the menu.... Further down the road, and DO go further down the road even if you don't need to eat. But, if your planning for the Red Pheasant in Dennis you should have an enjoyable evening. Thoughtful preperation with emphasis on game and local seafood in an antique Inn setting in one of the nicer villages on the Cape. After dinner, take a drive to Corporation Beach and remind each other why you got married in the first place!
thank you cape cod guy....looking foward to corporation beach..
my future in-laws actually told me I had to go to the Red Phesant-They have been going there for 20 plus years and have many many great stories...all the reviews have been so great ..can't wait! Thanks for the tip on the Brewster fish house- will definitely check it out for lunch.
re: chef mark
43 Main St
i'm a chef as well. this place is charming provencale mixed with cape cod ;lovely, comfortable, exc food.we've had brunch twice and lunch. french and italian leaning; no asian or fusion influences as i recall.it's located on one of the lovelier stretches of rt. 6a (prettiest and most historic road on the cape- the old 'king's highway'. heard great things about abba; nice menu isn't it? definitely would urge you NOT to go to a famous Brewster restnt called Chillingsworth.The chef/owner was on the night we were there but i think it's way past its prime. very very disappointing. bet it would be good for brunch or lunch.attractive place and grounds.
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highly recommend you visit nickerson state park in brewster and drive the length of rt.6a, and walk the dunes in p'town and see the national seashore in eastham. if it's still open, heritage plantation in sandwich is a fascinating place with beautiful grounds. bring layers of jackets for beach walks.
hope you have a lovely time.