Any must-haves/eats/trys on Cape Cod?
Just got back from a week there.
The Friendly Fisherman in Eastham has wonderful seafood in its market for you to bring home and cook. They also have an outdoor clam shack. The fried clams were the best I've ever had - sweet and so not greasy. My sister raved over the lobster roll.
Marion's Pie Shop in Chatham has delicious pies. We had their peach and razzleberry (raspberry, strawberry, apple) pies. Totally homemade and taste like yummy fresh fruit with no cloying oversweetness.
A tasty souvenir can be found at Chatham Jam and Jelly Shop - everything from the classic beach plum jelly to cranberries in habenero pepper jelly is made on-site.
No love for Falmouth eats, I see. I'm a native - here are the best spots in Falmouth:
coffee - Coffee Obsession, Queen's Byway
breakfast - Food for Thought, Queen's Byway
ice cream - Smitty's (locations in East and North Falmouth). Homemade. Nothing beats it. Try a chocolate banana frappe.
fried clams - Green Pond Marina bait shop (next to Family Foods at rte. 28 & Davisville) is great, but closes early. Otherwise, nothing beats the Clam Shack on the Inner Harbor. Seafood Sam's will do in a pinch. Shuckers in Woods Hole kind of sucks.
pizza - Sweet Tomatoes (Davisville Plaza)
Irish pub grub - Liam's on Main Street
Italian - La Cucina Sul Mare - on Main Street - so fabulous and delicious. Go early, since they don't take reservations and there's always a huge crowd. The portions are ridiculously huge (the antipasto appetizer will easily stuff 2-3 people), and everything is delicious. The servers were also really knowledgeable. My fiance and I had an absolutely splendid dinner there.
chinese: Hong Kong, on Rt 28 in Teaticket
Other notables: The Chapaquoit Grille, the Fishmonger (also has good breakfast), and Box Lunch.
Tried Cucina Sul Mare and Heather this weekend. I've been looking for good places in the Falmouth-Mashpee area and had mixed reviews.
Cucina Sul Mare was disappointing with regards to front and back of house, but had a lively crowd that seemed to enjoy the environment. I'll try it again soon, as my experience may have been due to an off-night. The food was poorly prepared, and our server forgot our wine and our first course. However, others around us appeared to be enjoying their experience.
Heather's appears to be a much-needed addition to the Mashpee area. High ceilings, expansive bar, and attentive service gave a nice ambiance for better than average fare for the area.
Sushi - Inaho/Y Port
Pizza - George's in Harwichport
Ice Cream - Smuggler in Dennis
Biscotti - Buckies in Dennis and Dennisport
Italian - Gerardi's in West Dennis
Lobster Roll - Raw Bar in Popponessett
Tea - Devon Tea Room in Sandwich
Fun snacks and music - Beachcomber in Wellfleet
Truro eats- Tera Luna
Dennisport Eats - Ocean House
Yarmouth Eats - 902 Main St.
Sandwiches - The Mercantile in Dennis
Cotuit - Regatta
Chinese - Golden Fountain in Hyannis
Mex - Aye Carumba Cafe and Sam Diegos
Bread - Pain D'Avignon on Airport Road
Onion Rings - Liam's at Nauset Beach
Chocolate - Chocolate Sparrow
Your question was VERY vague so hope some of this helps...
He, fellow bear,
We love the Nauset as a date night as well, and the Land Ho is great for a casual, well-prepared meal and a fun scene.
We also really enjoyed the unique experience of Clem and Ursie's in P-town. Incredibly broad menu, really funky atmosphere and decor. You order the food at the counter, and they give you a number and bring it to you. Some fun inventive choices. You get your drinks (I remember beer and wine, not sure about a full liquor license) at the bar and pay separately. Fun scene.
I have one for you only IF you're a carnivore - Brazilian Grill in Hyannis. Authentic Brazilian rodizio, where they keep bringing the food until you tell them to stop. Their salad bar is great too - I live for their butternut bisque soup! Friendly, convival atmosphere, but you will need reservations, especially if you're there on a weekend - otherwise it's a 2 hour wait (and rightly so).
I'll second the recommendation for the Brazilian Grill in Hyannis. It's wonderful! We mistakenly decided to give the Brazilian restaurant in Falmouth a try last year and I would definitely stay away from that one. We sat there for 45 min. without any food being brought around. The kids had already finished eating before the adults were offered any food, other than the salad bar. We ended up walking out after paying for the kids food and the price of the "salad bar only" and got pizza on our way home. A completely different experience than the wonderful one we had in Hyannis.