Cape Cod Report
We spent the last official week of summer at Cape Cod, specifically at Ocean Edge in Brewster. It was me and my husband and our 2 kids, ages (almost) 2 and (almost) 4. Thanks to lots of Chowhounds and CH threads, we had some good food!
We live in Westchester County, NY, so when we were driving to Brewster, the halfway point was around the CT/RI border. We ended up stopping for lunch at Van Ghent in Westerly, RI. It was a nice little homey place and a good break for lunch. My husband loved the waffle but oddly enough, my daughter did not like her chocolate chip waffle.
We arrived in Brewster at around 3:00 and of course the next question my husband asked was “where are we having dinner?” A while later we headed out to Land Ho, figuring based on what I read that it would be good for my kids. There was a bit of a wait, and when we finally were seated, the table for 4 was so tiny and the place was rather cramped and noisy. Not a good combination for us with our small kids. So we left and ended up at The Lobster Pound in Orleans. Was much more spacious and calm and we sat in the screened in patio. My husband had a 2 ½ lb. lobster which he enjoyed (and shared with my almost 4 year old daughter). I had fish & chips. Good, not great.
Other places we ate dinner at during the week:
Sesuit Harbor Café – Great setting and it was beautiful weather, but I didn’t love their lobster roll. Husband had lobster again.
Cooke’s Seafood in Orleans -- Wednesday night we tried to go to Arnold’s but got there at about 5:20 and the line was already long. So we went to Cooke’s. I had fried shrimp and my husband had fish & chips. We liked it, but my only complaint was about the ketchup. They had bottles of Heinz ketchup on the tables, but this was definitely not Heinz ketchup in those bottles. To me anything other than Heinz ketchup is unacceptable (I guess unless it’s homemade which this was not). But overall we liked it.
Arnold’s – Went back on Thursday and got there at 5:00. Very short line. I had fried clams, husband had clam chowder and fried lobster basket (daughter loved the lobster here too). To me it’s sort of a waste to fry the lobster meat, but he loved it. And the clams were delicious. On our way to Arnold’s we were wondering what makes some of these clam shack places better than others and after we ate at Arnold’s we knew. It was just better all around.
Kate’s Seafood – On our way back to Brewster from Sesuit Harbor Café earlier in the week, we stopped for ice cream at Kate’s. We saw lots of people eating fried “matter” as we call it and it looked good. So we decided to try it. I had the fried fish sandwich and husband had the fried shrimp. We also got an order of onion rings and lobster fritters. I’m not really sure why they call them lobster fritters, since in a dozen fritters, we could not find 1 single identifiable piece of lobster. They were entirely balls of fried dough. They should be ashamed. The fried shrimp and the fish sandwich were fair, not good, and not bad. And same with the onion rings. Basically nothing had any taste whatsoever. It just made us realize over again why people are lined up at Arnold’s.
So on our last night, we went back to Arnold’s. This time I had the lobster roll and husband had the fried lobster basket again. And we got the onion rings. We really loved this food! And if you ask my daughter what her favorite food is, she now says “lobster”.
And as if we didn’t eat enough fried food all week, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a few ice cream places:
Sundae School (Orleans) – excellent creamy goodness!
Kate’s – fair
Brewster Scoop – good, but they were out of almost all of the "good" flavors
And on our last night we went back to Sundae School again (so good!)
On our trip home, we stopped for lunch in Stonington, CT, and ate at Noah’s. Cute little town and good food at Noah’s. Blueberry pancakes were excellent.
So now the diet starts and if I never see another French fry, that will be too soon! Even my kids were happy to have Chinese food on our first night home!
You missed two of the best places on the Cape to eat - literally around the corner from each other in Hyannis. Harry's, which is authentic Cajun food with really great blues and jazz bands that play there, and Brazilian Grill- Brazilian BBQ with something for everyone.
There's a lot more to the Cape than just seafood. Some of the best food there is anything but.