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Jan 19, 2009 06:07 AM

Moving to Cape- who are the local CH's?

Hi, I'm moving from Phoenix and the very active Southwest Board to the Cape.... seems like a lot of posts are tourist related, so I'd love to know how the local CH'ers are!

Although I've been on cape a zillion times... where are the absolutes that I should visit? (don't be afraid to include providence and boston in there).

So hi!

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  1. hzp,

    Keep an out for the "cape cod guy" on this subject. That guy knows the cape food scene like no one else on the cape.

    1. When you go to the Cape, you must get to the Ocean House in Dennisport! It's so good! It's beautiful inside too. Great views of the ocean from their grand room! All white and beige decor! Lovely!!

      1. Here's a lthread that should help get you started & ppmaysa is right, CapeCodGuy is The Man!

        And here's CapeCodGuy's thread on Worst on The Cape;

        It's worthy of noting that whilst "Best" has but 38 replies; "Worst" has 84!
        Diners have a plethora of tourist traps to avoid so let's leave them to all to the invading hordes of Yankee's fans.


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        1. re: Harp00n

          I also share my enthusiasm for Ocean House. Their 3 course off season menu is 25.00 USD. The price is unbeatable considering quality of food, waitstaff and the views. There is even valet parking.

          Girardi's on 902 Main in S. Yarmouth is very good with consistency all around.

          Jerk Cafe on 28 in S. Yarmouth has authentic jerk chicken and a friendly Jamaican chef/owner.

          Mercantile in Dennis Village has great soups and sandwiches as well as cookies and treats.

          Abba in Orleans is a favorite with a very creative menu.

          We used to love Tera Luna in Truro but it's been a few years since I have been back.

          The Mews, Fanzini's and Ross's Grill are all great in P Town. The Portuguese Bakery is a must.

          I love Common Ground in Hyannis for a funky fun lunch.

          Golden Fountain on W. Main in Hyannis IMHO has the best Chinese mid Cape.

          George's Pizza in Harwichport has authentic Greek style pies and a darn good dressing on their Greek Salad.

          Enjoy..if you need a dining buddy and I am on Cape pop me a note

          1. re: Harp00n

            Thank you both ppmaysa and Harp for the kind words. There are some other very knowlegable people here whose opinions you can rely on. Phelana and Capeyearounder are two that come to mind. I concur with Phelana's recs below although I'm not as hot for Gerge's greek style pizza as she is. I much prefer Palio's on Main in Hyannis.

            I'd also add Misaki in Hyannis for terrific sushi and Japanese, although the location is a bit funky. The fish is the best you will ever find. Tomatoes in Sandwich has consistantly excellent upscale Italian. The Regatta in Cotuit is fabulous for that special night out.

            1. re: CapeCodGuy

              What do you find funky about the Misaki location? It is right off a main road, and restaurant itself is clean and nicely appointed....nicer in fact than what it had been under previous owners. Great sushi, one of my favorites!

              1. re: jillian

                Perhaps funky isn't the right word, but it's not a "typical" restauarant setting and certainly its ambience is not the attraction. The space is in the back of an older commercial building with no curb appeal. Inside is indeed quite clean, but rather plain. I heartily recommend the food, but the space itself is not special in any way.

                1. re: jillian

                  Its really dark out front. They need to light it up. Everytime we go there I think it would be the ideal spot to get mugged! Not that I want to get mugged, but you know what I mean. aside from that the sushi is awesome and cheaper than Inaho.

                  1. re: capecodvegan

                    Agreed...but your nick confuses.....a vegan who eats sushi?! :-)

                    1. re: CapeCodGuy

                      Misaki has sushi or can make sushi w.o meat ...daikon, cukes, avo, carrots...

                      1. re: CapeCodGuy

                        seaweed salad, cucumber and avocado roll, portobello rolls and veggie hand rolls no spicy sauce.

                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                          Agree. BFH is awesome and the Marshside is such a disappointment.

                    2. re: CapeCodGuy

                      Your modesty, as they say, is commendable but The Hounds on both the N.E. & Boston boards know those who are the firsts among equals.


                  2. Not from the Cape now, but I grew up in Falmouth and visit often. What part of the Cape will you be going to? It's a pretty long place.over 70 miles from canal to P-town

                    1. thanks, guys. appreciate the advice.

                      I'm with you on misaki... love the place, and don't get the touristy attraction to Inaho. I've had some decent sushi at Noble House, but nothing to write home about.

                      Will be missing, greatly, my chinese delivery.... only one or two places on cape that I bother with, so suggestions are welcome.

                      I did Heather in October with friends, and we liked it, though the bread selection was a bit odd.

                      I think George's is ok. Love the originality of ABBA... Will definitely have to do Ocean House. Perhaps we can do a chowhound meetup there!

                      Ill be in Harwich, but I'm in Hyannis a lot....

                      phelana , you are so on.

                      thanks guys! keep suggesting!

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                      1. re: hzp

                        I've never heard Inaho described as touristy, and consider it anything but. It's true that the space is more upscale than any other sushi/Japanese restaurant on Cape, so touristy is not what comes to my mind. Some here have had service complaints but in my many visits I've never experienced anything to complain about.

                        For a change of pace, Embargo does a nice job with a Spanish tapas menu. It's really a super deal on Tuedsay nights with all tapas at 1/2 price.

                        Colombo's Cafe, also on Main Street in Hyannis, is great new addition to the local restaurant scene. Same owner as The Roadhouse, it puts out simple yet high quality Italian fare at a fair price with most entrees under 20 bucks. Good mix of pasta, seafood, pizza, sandwiches, and salads. They also have a decent pastry case, gelato bar, and cappuchino. It's a comfortable and contemprory space that feels very cozy. Worth patronizing.

                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                          Hi CCG,
                          "Real' roadhouses being one of our favorite venues, can you tell me a little/give us your take on The Roadhouse?


                          1. re: Harp00n

                            Hey Harp,
                            Not a "real" roadhouse, but they do have music with Jazz on Monday nights in their Bistro room and also on the weekends at the piano bar. Although I'm not as high as many others on the boards regarding the food, it CAN be very good. The menu is certainly varied, with many sandwiches, salads, pizza and appetizers, plus entrees that go up into the high $30s and beyond. I really like the space which is warm and cozy, broken up into several rooms so one can go dressy or very casual and not feel out of place. I really like the bar area. My problem is that it can be inconsistant. I ate there with 2 others a fews ago and although my fellow diners enjoyed their meals, my sides were both overcooked and stone cold, not a good combination. I expect more when paying $35 for an entree. I will admit, that more times than not, the food is good and worth a visit. Here's a link:

                            1. re: CapeCodGuy

                              Thanks for the link and it does look warm and inviting. I will probably take it for a spin when next visiting DA & DU and report back.. I noticed on your profile Ophelia's by the Bay on Sarasota Keywhere we've had several terrific meals of the course of years but not recently. Is it still as good/ Then I also noted the Chateau in Waltham, yikes! The doggedly blue-hair factor there makes my skin crawl.

                              Thanks again,

                              BTW, I'd hold off a bit in implementing your CCG-EBay scheme until OBama Nation mania subsides a bit :-)

                              1. re: Harp00n

                                Had the extreme pleasure of eating Ophelia's food twice just this past fall. The first was a table for four on a Saturday night and the food, wine and spot is still top notch. The second time was a surprise as they catered a wedding we attended. The food was available in stations and at least a dozen different tapas style bites were passed throughout the evening. Really outstanding fare.

                                My Chateau experience goes back to my childhood in Waltham in the late 60s/early 70s when there were many different Italian joints in a town filled with Italian immigrants. The Chateau was the go-to joint in town then. Nowhere else could you go and get a first rate Veal Parm sandwich AND a decent whole belly clam roll for lunch. Haven't been in hairs you say? bummer.

                                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                  I was a little harsh in using "skin crawl" and tried to edit to 'itchy", along with "Siesta Key" not "Sarasota Key" but couldn't get the edits to take :-(
                                  Since you're from Waltham, where I was born BTW, I sure sure you'll remember the late, lamented, by some, Cottage Crest. It's the same clientele. The Chateau, obviously, still has its fans for their large portions and reasonable prices and have expanded to at least two additional locations. But for me, great toasted raviolis or no, it just ain't enough reason to spend anytime at a mezza, mezza red sauce heaven.