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New York Foodie Family in the Cape

Family from NYC vacationing in Orleans, Cape Cod. Two parents, two adult children. We are looking for local, casual suggestions mostly for lunch and dinner. One of the children is in the restaurant business in NYC. We would love to have authentic (not touristy) lobster/clam shack type food as well as one or two places a bit nicer. Also we are interested in specialty markets or farmers markets to get items to cook at home. We would like to keep the travel distance to around 1/2 hour. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Orlean's Farmers Market is Sat morning at Old Colony Way, near Chocolate Sparrow, Orleans Center. The last time we went we got there at 9am and some of the choice produce was already gone.

    We love ABBA for dinner which is Israeli, Thai and French. An odd combination but very good.

    In Chatham we like Vining's Bistro (on Main St above the Dunkin Donut) and Pisces on Rt 28.

    1. It's all in Wellfleet - you'll love it. There is a place right on the harbor gourmet and fabulous - both casual and upscale - you'll need to go twice.

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      1. re: vegetarianperspective

        What is the name of the place on the harbor?

        1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

          We are in Welfleet now. The neame of the harbor place is Macks seafood. Great food. You order at a counter and seat yourself at picnic tables on the harbor - Fantastic place, byob, good food. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommend.

      2. If you set your sights on a destination out of town, give yourself an hour to get there.

        Check out the Orleans Whole Foods store on Main Street and the cheese shop next door.

        Try Cap'n Cass's at Rock Harbor for seafood and sunset.

        Check our Hole in One. They make their doughnuts on premises. None of the mass produced stuff you'll find everywhere else.

        Cottage Street Bakery also worth a visit.

        1. In Orleans, Mahoney's Atlantic Bar and Grill is a quality, casual restaurant www.mahoneysatlantic.com
          Or Abba Restaurant for a great dinner, Israeli/Thai www.abbarestaurant.com
          Just below the Orleans Rotary is Sir Cricket's Fish & Chips, mostly takeout with a very small seating area, beverages by vending machine. They do fried seafood right, and have great french fries. Right next door is Nauset Seafood Market for fresh fish.

          In Eastham is Arnold's, a world-class (but touristy) clam and lobster bar. Cash only, excellent onion rings, fried seafood especially clams, steamed lobster, raw bar. My friend a chef in a noted Napa CA restaurant holds Arnold's in high esteem.

          Nauset Beach Club in East Orleans is excellent Northern Italian for dinner; Brewster Fish House in Brewster is my favorite Cape restaurant, but has little seating and so long waits unless you arrive early 5pm - 5:30.

          All suggestions are well within your travel restriction.

          1. The Red Pheasant on Rte. 6A in West Dennis is not to be missed. It's pricey, but worth it. The menu reflects the local farming bounty, and does it well. I am also a fan of the Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans. (My husband and I have been going to the Cape all of our lives, and have had it with all of the fried seafood.) Also, check out the website for Edible Cape Cod http://www.ediblecommunities.com/cape..., which highlights restaurants, etc, which utilize local resources. There is a wonderful artisanal bakery in Hyannis (they had a fire a couple of years ago, but re-built, i believe), which was just phenomenal. You could probably find them in the Edible Cape Cod publication. Best of luck. We haven't visited in a couple of years, and I miss the Cape dearly.

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            1. re: phDuh

              I'll 2nd the Red Pheasant as a can't miss destination. It's my favorite restaurant on the Cape (though I must confess I've yet to eat at 28 Atlantic or ABBA which are both supposed to be amazing, too).

            2. We spend a week in Eastham every year. This year we really enjoyed the Friendly Fisherman for a very casual but not touristy dinner. The fish and chips was great the the lobster roll was outstanding. Huge pieces of lobster, super fresh and sweet tasting--very lightly dressed. They also have a fish/seafood shop.

              Arnold's is fine but the long lines are really killer. We called ahead for take out and avoided the whole mess.

              The place on the harbor in Wellfleet is Mac's. We also picked up some fish (to grill at our rental) at the Mac's Seafood shop adjoining Woody's on Rt 6 in Eastham.

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              1. re: bdegregory

                I have to disagree about the Friendly Fisherman based on an early lunch consisting of the clam chowder and a lobster roll, neither of which was among the best or even close to the best I have experienced. The lobster seemed to lack any kind of dressing. It tasted like plain cold pieces of fresh lobster. I asked if they had forgotten the mayonnaise but they said they had not. I asked and got a portion of mayonnaise and mixed it in. I preferred it that way. Two days before I had a lobster roll at Seafood Sam's in Harwichport. Half the amount of lobster at half the price. As served it was just as satisfactory and the roll had been buttered and tasted good by itself after I finished the lobster. I'm still looking for a really good lobster roll.

                A day later at Sir Cricket's I shared a fried clam plate (clam bellies) and a fried scallop plate along with onion rings and cold slaw with a friend. This was wonderful.

              2. First off, please leave your Yankee's caps ( or Mets) at home. Now we can get to the good stuff. I second The Brewster Fish House. Small, no reservations, nice little wine list, Tina at the bar makes a great Martooni. Full menu at the bar with about 8 seats and two, 2 seat high tops. Early is better. Second is Picies in S. Chatham on RT28. Reservations are needed and taken. Once again nice little wine list, with wine specials. Fish is the focus, but limited other choices. Only about 6 seats at the bar, and it's more of a waiting area. Valet parking. A lunch suggestion would be the Beacon Room on West Rd. in Orleans, Casual and quality. Orleans Wine in the Skatet Corners Plaza (Shaws) has some real nice wine. Lots of high end if you want to go that route. Enjoy. Thanx for coming to the Cape.

                1. You need to go to Sir Cricket's on Rt 6A for seafood, mostly take out, a few small tables. It's a little before you get to the Stop and Shop, coming from the center of Orleans. I second the Hole in One, a real donut place, and my daughter adores their home fries. And Friday-Sundays, you have to try this- http://www.pigtrip.net/review-DrFrank... , an oasis of good bbq on the Cape.

                  1. Try Wicked Oyster,,,, also Brewster Fish House is nice little pricey for the end result .. Macs fish market for stripe bass on the grill Nice produce at a place near orleans rotary is good too get there early..