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May 19, 2007 07:03 AM

Iconic Food place on Cape Cod


If you are familiar with any food places on Cape Cod that the traveler just HAS to go to, please share them with me. My list of other places I'll be going is below to get an idea of what I mean.

Please note I am not necessarily looking for places that have the best food (although that would be nice). It's really more about the history thing, that you have heard about this place and even if you suffer through the meal, you can tell everyone you were there.

Coney Island: Nathan's
SF (Fisherman's Wharf): Alioto's
New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde
Miami: Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House
Boardwalk: Ocean City, MD: Thrasher's French Fries
Atlantic City Boardwalk: James' & Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy stores
Martha' Vineyard: The Black Dog Tavern

Thanks in advance to all the foodies who can help me!

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  1. I love Sundae School for ice cream. We go to the one in Dennisport, although there are other locations. Such a fun atmosphere, and the Oreo ice cream has huge pieces of Oreo in it! Website is

    1. You have to go to The Beachcomber of Wellfleet on Cape Cod's National Seashore. The restaurant/Bar was originally built as a US Lifesaving Station in 1897. It was converted to an Inn in 1953 and then converted to restaurant and bar in 1978. The Beachcomber has some of the freshest shellfish in the world, harvested locally. On the deck there is a raw bar with Wellfleet oysters, littleneck clams, cherrystones and shrimp cocktail. You can also get steamed mussels and clams that are the freshest you have ever had in your life. Last summer I had steamed mussels that were harvest that same morning by the gentelman enjoying a beer next to me at the bar. The freshness of the mussels can be compared to enjoying a tomato right off the vine, no commercial processing or "warm/cold" storage or transporting issues. There is something on the menu for everyone. The Beachcomber is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It sits atop Cahoon Hollow Beach on a dune about 80 feet above the ocean. The view is breathtaking. The dunes extend as far as you can see in either direction. Believe it or not, many Boston natives haven't even discovered the Beachcomber and the beaches of The National Seashore. Try to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Have a great trip and enjoy this "one-of-a-kind" Cape Cod classics, it's EXACTLY what you're looking for.

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        1. re: trev80

          The two spots that are iconic for us on Cape Cod are Four Seas Ice Cream in can't miss it! The line runs out the door and down the road all summer! We usually pick up lobster sandwiches to go to take to the beach during the day and brave the line in the evenings for amazing homemade ice cream!
          360 South Main Street
          Centerville, MA 02632

          and Clem and Ursies in Provincetown for the best lobsters, fried seafood, raw bar and Portugese specialties!

          1. re: ciaogal

            Four Seas is a great recommendation. It has Kenedy connections galore, and is one of the "must visit" stops. And as a plus, the ice cream is top notch.

            1. re: winedude

              What is the relevance of the Kennedy connection?

              1. re: BostonBarGuy

                The OP was looking for the "history thing." It's always mentioned as JFK's favoritie ice cream joint.

                1. re: winedude

                  I heard that Jackie O favored Four Seas homemade Peach Ice Cream

        2. re: BostonBarGuy

          I absolutely must second BarGuy's recommendation of the Beachcomber. It is an experience not to be missed.

        3. We never miss Giordano's in Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. It is home style Italian Food and Pizza. We feel comforted after lots of walking and sightseeing. They only take cash. Also, the Fishmonger near the draw bridge at Wood's Hole is a favorite. They empasize organic food and have an eclectic and good wine list. Folk dancing is a hoot next door at the community hall on the first Wed of the month.

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          1. re: austinfoodie

            Also agree with the Beachcomber-How about Arnolds on route 6 in Eastham.Flemings donut shop in Eastham for apple fritters