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Jul 30, 2007 10:54 AM

Cape Cod especially Chatham food recommendations (moved from Boston)

I'll be in Chatham soon for a week. Would appreciate your food Do's and Don'ts. I am looking for food shops and farmstands as well as restaurants and clam shacks. I doubt we will eat much at the high end places. A couple of years ago, my husband and I really liked Marion's Pie Shop -- is it still good? Any good farm stands you know of? Thanks!

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  1. I stayed in Chatham a few years ago and had an excellent dinner at Pisces, I believe they are in South Chatham; I would also recommend Pate's. People still seem to rave about Marion's Pie Shop, I cannot really say, I stopped in there about a month ago but it was late in the day and they did not have the mini blueberry pie I wanted to try and they were out of lobster rolls, too. I settled on bringing home crab cakes and they were just so-so, I wouldn't recommend the crab cakes.

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    1. re: paulgardner

      Thank you. Anyone else? Farm stands, gourmet take-out food, decent supermarkets? Is there a Whole Foods anywhere on Cape Cod? Is there a Trader Joe's? Looking for guidance!!!!!

      1. re: Lucymax

        No WF but there is a TJ's in Hyannis near the airport. Right off Rte 6 on your way to Chatham. We were there 10 days ago and they were sold out of charcoal, which we were counting on buying there. Hardwood charcoal is scarce and pricey the Cape. Other than that they were well stocked. I know there was a huge Stop and Shop in Orleans that I have stopped at before TJ's came to Hyannis but I'm not familiar with Chatham shopping.

        1. re: ginnyhw

          We come up to the cape every year the week before labor day and stay in Eastham.However our tradition is to go to Pates on my wifes birthday.We find it a good break from all the seafood.Some years I have had my prime rib come out terrific.My wife gets lamb chops which are real good. We enjoy the place

        2. re: Lucymax

          Trader Joe's is in Hyannis..skip it...Orleans has a great farmers market.

          1. re: phelana

            When/where is Orlean's farmer's market?

            1. re: winedude

              Saturday mornings on Old Colony Way, between Chocolate Sparrow and Willy's Gym, same side of the road.

      2. Pisces tends to get very crowded and noisey..parking used to be hard. Vinings Bistro is good..Carmen's for pizza, Puritan Clothing to buy Royal Lyme (Bermuda body tonic)....stroll thru town, chowder at The Squire, go to fishing pier and watch the seals...go to the lighthouse and see the cut and walk down the beach. Afternoon tea at Wequasett Inn or Captain House Inn.

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        1. re: phelana

          Thanks everyone! This is helpful. I'd love to know more about the Farmer's Markets -- guess I will try to look that up online, though. We'll bring charcoal with us to the Cape (along with the other 499 items we need to bring) since it's scarce.

          1. re: Lucymax

            I went to Pate's last summer after receiving a gift certificate...I found it VERY vinyl booths and booooorrrrrinnnnnggg menu...cuts of beef on a plate with a baked potato in foil, iceberg lettuce with carrot curls and bottled dressing. Try the RooBar or Vinings Bistro for dinner, Squire for chowder lunch or beers and music at night, Red Nun for pub food. The fish market at the Chatham pier is great, too, if you are cooking seafood at home.