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Best restaurants in Lower Cape

omarba Jul 31, 2009 09:38 AM

I spend a lot of my summer/fall weekends in Eastham and want to venture from my usual spots. Any suggestions? A friend of mine has recommended Buca in Harwich - any thoughts on that?

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    biga290 RE: omarba Jul 31, 2009 10:07 AM

    I thought Buca was just ok italian -- not as good as i get at home at many places. i might go there if i were staying in harwich but i certainly would not make the drive from eastham. a bit closer to you is impudent oyster in chatham, which i find to be consistently good over many yearsbut its not italian.

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      foleyd7 RE: biga290 Aug 2, 2009 04:32 PM

      Agree on Buca. It's OK. Their decor and setting tries to portray a high end tuscan getaway, but the food quality and preparation don't match.
      However.... for Italian places on Cape Cod, it is probably top-10.
      I'm from Fairfield CT and my town and the surrounding towns are LOADED with very good Italian restaurants. I always have trouble finding comparable Italian on the Cape; what I usually find are decent restaurants who fall into the over-sauced, over-prepared renditons of Italian. Unfortunately, I've had to low my expectations when seeking out Italian on the Cape.
      Probably 7+ years ago I hit Nauset Beach Club (it's Italian in East Orleans) and I recall that it was pretty good. I've been wanting to get back there to try again, but most of my dining usually ends up being mid-Cape since we stay in Yarmouth. But if you are staying in Eastham, this might be something to try.

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      Weiszguy RE: omarba Jul 31, 2009 10:23 AM

      We had a fabulous dinner at The Port in Harwich last weekend. The Kobe burger was out of this world (and my husband is on a quest to find the best burger and spends plenty of time in Boston looking).

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        chaz RE: omarba Aug 2, 2009 07:35 PM


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          ciclista RE: chaz Aug 2, 2009 08:19 PM

          Have you done a search? This is a well-trod topic, sort of. I won't repeat myself, but I will say that no one ever mentions Joe's at the Brley Neck Inn (Orleans). I love that place! It's just good, straightforward, non frou-frou food in a fun, warm, inviting atmosphere. I also really like The Port, and it doesn't get mentioned a lot (thanks, Weiszguy). I'll also add Mahoney's, and for fancy night out, Wequasset Inn on the Harwich/Chatham line.

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            CapeCodGuy RE: chaz Aug 3, 2009 07:17 AM

            Chillingworth's best days were decades ago.

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              nfc RE: CapeCodGuy Aug 3, 2009 08:05 PM

              We had dinner at Chillingsworth Bistro last night. Everything we ordered was very good and the service was excellent.

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            Dan D RE: omarba Aug 3, 2009 11:47 AM

            Nauset Beach Club in Orleans, pricey but excellent Italian www.nausetbeachclub.com
            Mahoney's Atlantic Bar and Grill in Orleans www.mahoneysatlantic.com
            For outstandingly prepared seafood, Brewster Fish House http://brewsterfish.com
            Abba in Orleans www.abbarestaurant.com

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              NSDishGal RE: omarba Aug 7, 2009 08:06 AM

              We love The Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet. Also, catch of the Day in Wellfleet is surprisingly good, though the storefront may not look it.

              I wrote up a few of the places we've been recently here:

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