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Aug 31, 2007 06:53 PM

Where to eat in Provincetown?

My wife and I are visiting Provincetown for the second time this weekend. Last time we went was about 5 years ago and had some great dining experiences and a few really bad (touristy) ones...any suggestions of where to get great eats. From what I remember, there was a great Mexican/Seafood restaurant, and a really nice restaurant named after someone's dog....other than that, any recs would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I really enjoy Karoo Cafe at 338 Commercial Street. It's South African, with some really interesting and delicious options. It's casual and inexpensive, good for lunch.

    You might want to post this on the NE board if you didn't already - most Cape Cod talk happens there.

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    1. re: fbf242

      If you get a chance go to the Portuguese bakery and get the Portuguese toast. Don't share a piece either. Everything they sell is fantastic. It's an old family run bakery and their stuff is so good.

      1. re: hoplover

        Clem and Ursies

        Clem & Ursie's
        87 Shank Painter Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657

        1. re: hoplover

          I was in Ptown last weekend for a family trip to Race Point beach. I'll second the Portugeuse Bakery. Don't eat at the Governor Bradford, poor service, drinks, and food. Theres also suppose to be a decent pizza place but I couldn't remember the name while I was visiting.

          1. re: mkel34

            The best pizza in provincetown is definitely way down town pizza. . .my friends and i drive from wellfleet just for that pizza sometimes.

      2. Loraines is the Mex place. I consider it ok; not great. Second the Portuguese Bakery..that French toast is called rabenada and it's great. Clem and Ursies is good and fun. I also like Townsend Seafood; right on the wharf..everything is very fresh and it's byo.
        I've heard good things about Devon but haven't been. Places I generally avoid..Lobster Pot except their raw bar. Gov Bradford except drinks, Mayflower. Bubala's has a nice not bad but not great.

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        1. re: 9lives

          The best part of Bubala's is the people watching from the patio and the cocktails...the food "Not Memorable'

          Bubala's By the Bay
          183 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          1. re: 9lives

            Does anyone know the name of this Portuguese bakery? Is it a sit down cafe/restaurant? Or just more a take out bakery?


          2. We're just back and had a quite good meal at Lorraine's. I had shrimp enchiladas in a chile verde sauce, my partner had pork carnitas. Not the most authentic Mexican in the world, but tasty and well prepared in convivial surroundings. It's on Commercial St. but away from the hub-bub of the center of town. Definitely worth checking out.

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            1. re: Bookistan

              Yeah I know someone here didn't think it was that great, but I actually enjoyed it. I've become much more flexible when it comes to "non-authentic" Mexican food, esp. if prepared with fine ingredients. Especially after growing up in Los Angeles -- you learn to appreciate the real deal, and then the really well prepared "gringo" variations that incorporate different ingredients, all fresh. If anything, I remember the food and produce at Lorraines to be remarkably fresh!

              Anyone know of that Portuguese bakery? Is there only one in town? We will look for it this morning!

              Anyone have thoughts on L'uva? we have reservations there tonight!


              1. re: RawTunaFan

                I guess you did not see my reply to your other thread, "best places to eat in Provincetown". I specifically commented on L'uva and what a great meal my wife and I had there. You will not be disappointed.

                1. re: RawTunaFan

                  It's just called the Portugese Bakery. 299 Commercial St. IIRC there are some places to sit inside, but a lot of people get their food to go, and you order everything at the counter. I am partial to their fried dough - 100x better than anything you would get at a carnival.

              2. Could the place named after a dog be Chester's?

                For Portuguese, there's also Tips for Topsn..on Bradford St..a little away from "downtown."

                1. One fine-dining place named after a dog is Chester's; it is no more.

                  My buddy who's a year-round local thinks Devon's is the best fine-dining restaurant in P'town. Its prices kind of look like Boston prices. It doesn't appear too formal, though, pretty beach-town casual. Menu at .

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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Back from P-town and here is our report! Thanks for all the suggestions, folks!~

                    1. The malasadas and Portugeuese "French" bread at the Portuguese bakery was better than ANY doughnut I've had in New York City. I'm used to this place that makes the BEST doughnuts in NY called the Donut Plant (more couture "custom" flavors) Donut plant doesn't hold a candle to anything greasy eaten at PTown's Portuguese bakery...thanks!

                    2. Red Inn was great, some remarkable stuff and L'uva was also quite special. I had one of the best seafood pastas in my life there, drenched in an orange scented creme. Delish! The Mews Cafe was great, as was Front Street, but for fine dining DEVONS was our favorite. It was equivalent, if not just as good as some of the top NYC restaurants. Everything there was sublime.

                    3. That Spiritus and Way Downtown Pizza was nice for quick fast and cheap, but I'm originally from Brooklyn, so I won't go there!

                    4. Tips for Tops Portuguese -- nice experience, different food, love the Portuguese bean soup, the best I've had ever. (Even better than the version at the bakery)

                    5. The South African Cafe recommened here -- the food was really quite good, we had samosas and some kind of boar stew. I would have to say it didnt look like we were going to enjoy ourselves looking at the menu, but the food and the service was great!

                    6. The Crab enchiladas at Lorraines paired perfectly with our sipping reposados -- we were in heaven after a day at the beach. Warm chips and fresh guac, the oysters grilled in tequilla beurre blanc were sensational!

                    Thanks for they tips guys....we had a fabulous time and enjoyed everything.