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Jun 22, 2008 06:34 AM

First Cape Cod Vacation Ever...And I'm Hungry!

So, I'm making my first journey to Cape Cod next week (staying in Harwich) and would love to know where to eat. A search of some recent posts revealed
--Friendly Fisherman in Wellfleet for lobster roll, fried fish
--Lobster Pot in Buzzard's Bay for lobster roll
--The Raw Bar in Mashppee for seafood
--Marathon in West Dennis for chowder
--Schoolhouse in Chatham for ice cream

Any thoughts on these places or places of note that I'm missing? Rec's were heavy for lobster (which I do love), but I'd also be interested in good pizza or just general spots for quality dining--casual or fancy.

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  1. I just got back from a vacation to the cape last week--I was in Harwich as well. I would definitely recommend the Impudent Oyster in Chatham, Arnold's in Eastham, and Brax Landing in Harwich. Also, I made the trek out to Centerville for ice cream at Four Seas. Have fun!

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    1. re: JRW

      I second ice cream at Four Seas -- and there is another good ice cream place in Sandwich called Ice Cream Sandwich. (Clever, huh?) In Osterville, Wimpy's has a seafood market where you can get a wonderful picnic. The soups are terrific, and they'll give you anything on the menu upstairs, too.

      1. The best lobster roll is at Young's Fish Market in Orleans. For a really cool dining experience try The Beach House at Chatham Bars Inn. For all the best places to eat on the Cape visit

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        1. re: Cape Crusader

          Here's a corrected link: but readers beware: I think most locals would only agree with about half of the listings being 'best' of anything. The other half belong on a Places to Avoid list. DO try the Beach House, Brewster Fish House, The Squire, Sesuit Cafe, Albertos, Land Ho, Abbicci, and Dan'l Webster. SKIP Brax, Cobies, Scargo Cafe, Grand Cru, and Captain Parkers. The others I can't comment.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy


            I've agreed with most of your feedback on this board and particularly like Brewster Fish House and Sesuit Harbor Cafe. However, Land Ho belongs in the AVOID pile. The food ranges from underwhelming (scallops, crab cakes) to awful (clam chowder, pasta). There isn't enough beer in Orleans to make me want to return here!

            1. re: Chow King

              Chow, when I worked near the "Ho" it was known as a local watering hole, not a place to eat..

              1. re: Chow King

                Agree with Phelana here. The Ho is a drinking establishment that happens to serve food, not visa-sersa. You can find a decent burger, or cup of Kale soup though, so I don't think it qualifies as a "Must Avoid" place. Certainly, it doesn't begin to qualify along the lines of a Brewster Fish House.

                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  The original question seemed to pertain to food not drink. It's not hard to serve beer, but the Ho management made it less than pleasant.

                  FWIW, my comments regarding Land Ho were based on comparisons with other casual dining spots, not high-end establishments. I much prefer the Beehive Tavern, for example, and have had some satisfying meals there.

                  1. re: Chow King

                    To me, Beehive vs. Land Ho is apples and oranges. That said, there's not a lot of love on these boards for the Beehive, although I find it okay. Not great by a long shot, but not horrible. Certainly a step up from the Land Ho. BTW, I far prefer the Yardarm when in Orleans and looking for a little food with my drink.

            2. re: Cape Crusader

              Where is Youngs? Marathon...hmmm..I think Kreme and Kone is just as good after all, it's fried and the atmosphere more appealing. Raw Bar is for Lobster Rolls and Mudslides and if you wish chowder. The rest is so so, IMHO. Everyone raves about Arnolds. Cannot comment. Friendly Fisherman was so so last month when I had a roll. Years before were better. Brax, mediocre IMHO but GREAT views for drinks. The best pizza from my family's perspective is at Georges in Harwichport. It's Greek style.

              1. re: Cape Crusader

                We ate at Land Ho earlier in the week. Atmosphere was nice & people were friendly, but the food was embarrassing. Gooey thickened chowder, tasteless broiled fish & scallops. Don't go here for seafood!

              2. Excellent dining at both Black Fish (new) in Truro and the Wicked Oyster in Wellflleet. Great New England-style local food with a twist.

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                1. re: purple bot

                  have not tried black fish yet. i wholeheartedly say yes to wicked oyster. especially for brunch......

                2. I haven't been for a full breakfast at Bonnat's in Harwich so I can't comment on that but I do love to pick up some pastries there. Delicious Melt-Aways. Just a hint of cardamom in the glaze.

                  For a casual dinner and a beer I like the Land Ho in Orleans.