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We'll be driving up to P-town from New York this weekend, and wanted to stop somewhere along the Cape for lunch. Ideally it would be a casual fish place--lobster rolls, fried clams---and wouldn't be too far off the main drive. Any recommendations? TIA

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  1. Many here will say Arnold's in Eastham, but I'd avoid as the tourist trap that it is. If I were you, I'd get on 6A once you cross over the bridge and avoid Rte 6. Once in East Dennis, go to Sesuit Cafe right on the harbor. Good food, very casual outddor eating and you can watch the boats come and go. Continue on 6A to Orleans where it merges with Rte 6 and go to PTown from there. By taking this route, you'll see the best of the Cape that many miss unknowingly.

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy

      That sounds perfect, CCG. Thanks!

      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        if you go to sesuit harbor bring cash or check. no plastic

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Another thank you for this tip. We usually head down to Provincetown in the day and would love a nice place for a late breakfast/ early lunch along the way, This sounds great.

          We also like to get off 6 for at least part of the trip both ways. This will give us a new section of 6a to explore.

          This post is now stored in my Provincetown vacation file!

          1. re: BostonZest

            I highly recommend Sesuit Cafe, too! It is so beautiful, and the food rocks. Yeah, Arnold's is good, but crazy busy, plus you'd be barely "stopping along the way" because you'd practically be in Ptown by the time you hit Arnold's.

            Ok, how to get there (because it's not well marked. And don't tell anyone else.) Get off Rt 6 at Exit 9, head towards Dennis/East Dennis/Rt6A. You'll be taking a left. Stay on this road (for about 5 miles?) until you come to a stop light, which is the intersection of the road you are on and Rt6A. Go straight, pass the Marshside (another great gem). You are now on Bridge Street. After the marsh, take your first right and head toward Sesuit Harbor. Pull into the marina parking lot. You'll swear you're in the wrong place, but keep picking your way back there, and there it is! Picnic tables, and no china or silver. The Best!! Enjoy. Gorgeous neighborhood. I want to live there.

            1. re: ciclista

              Great directions Ciclista, but if the original poster has never travelled 6A from the bridge, it's a great way to settle into one's vacation and well worth the added 20-30 minutes on the way to PTown (not including the stop for lunch)

          2. re: CapeCodGuy

            CCG, don't be dissin' Arnold's, now. A Rt 6 location in Eastham will necessarily draw tourists, but it is still a great shack. The frappes are among the best on the Cape, the onion rings are world class, the big-belly clams are the standard for that variety, and there is something impressive on the menu for anybody.

            Sesuit Cafe is great, but kind of hard to find for those less familiar with that part of the Cape, but it's a good choice. So would be Cooke's Seafood in Orleans, or Sir Cricket if they are eating on the move, or they can get one of the few little tables. Possibly Captain Elmer's, if they are having a good day in the kitchen, it's chancy.

            Hardly anything else is worth a try if staying near Rt 6 is a goal.

            1. re: Dan D

              Lol Dan...don't mean to step on any toes regarding Arnold's, but IMHO they are often lauded by those that don't seem to get around. To me, providing the cook knows how to deep fry, and the ingredients are fresh, the biggest distinguishing factor in fried clams from place to place is the difference in the batter mix. Arnold's batter is rather pedestrian. Compare it to Cooke's in Hyannis (Orleans is a different owner and recipe) or Marathon in West Dennis and you'll see what I mean. Sesuit gets bonus points for location so I never hesitate to recommend it. Agreed that Sir Crickets is a solid choice in Orleans.