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Cape Cod breakfast recs.....Sagamore bridge to ~Dennis?? - moved from Boston board

We're heading down to the Cape next weekend and wanted to stop for breakfast along the way....any suggestions? Don't want to go more than 20 minutes or so past the Sagamore bridge. Whole grain/organic offerings and real maple syrup are BIG pluses....

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  1. If you don't mind going just a bit more than 20 minutes, Grumpys on Route 6A in East Dennis has excellent breakfasts. Lots of homemade stuff, good prices, a real townie place.

    1. Grumpy's is okay for your typical greasy spoon. For breakfast with much more flair try Optimist Cafe on 6A in Yarmouthport, across from Hallets.

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      1. re: CapeCodGuy

        Hey, that looks great.....much thanks!

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Would second "typical greasy spoon" for Grumpy's. Atypical, in that it puts on airs that it is something more and is not cheap. Don't wait in long line for average fare. Baked good might be OK (I don't know about them).

          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            I totally disagree with the "greasy spoon" reference for Grumpys. I found the menu to be drool worthy and the food to be really good.

            1. re: masha bousha

              Eggs, pancakes, omelets, all rather standard fare. Not sure what you find 'drool worthy' but to each his own I guess. Food's nothing special to me.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                My food was all "greasy". I didn't lick the spoon; didn't need to....

                1. re: Scargod

                  grumpy's crabcakes could be launched and used as weapons..hard as a rock..even my cousin's dog wouldn't eat the leftovers..

                  1. re: phelana

                    HA! Your cousin's dog has a discerning palete!

          2. C'mon hounds! Surely there are a few more noteworthy places along this route.....???

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            1. re: Science Chick

              sadly no..I am not a fan of Optimist or Grumpys...sorry The Black Dog in the Vineyard IMHO has the best breakfast in this neck of the woods..real maple syrup, homebaked goods not mixes..

              1. re: mrwynter

                If I can lease Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for the ride down, then that would be a possibility..otherwise we won't be on the Vineyard...

                1. re: Science Chick

                  I recommend The Hole in One in Orleans if you are willing to drive out a little farther. I wouldn't want to go to the Cape and miss the National Seashore, so that might help justify a longer drive!

                  1. re: BlueSoup

                    We're actually staying in N. Eastham, but wanted to stop early in the going for breakfast....thanks, though!

                    1. re: Science Chick

                      Isn't there still a Hole in One in N. Eastham, right next to the Fairway Restaurant?

                      1. re: seaville

                        yeah, it's their donut joint. They are pretty good.

                        1. re: seaville

                          Yes,,, The donuts are great and their restaurant next door has good breakfasts!. Make sure you try their potato pancakes.

                2. re: Science Chick

                  Ok...how about The Dan'l Webster Inn right downtown in Sandwhich? Not a huge fan for lunch or dinner, but they do a nice Sunday Brunch so I assume B'fast is as good. Pretty village. Nice room. Menu boasts real maple syrup and organic granola and oatmeal for you bark-eaters. :-) What's not to like?


                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    What's not to like? The service, especially for large parties. We used to take about 12-16 people there for breakfast, all family, thinking we were creating a tradition. Did this for about 8 years and then noticed that after a while we'd be there for an hour or more, some of my brothers with their little kids, waiting for orders to come. My Cape-based sister-in-law even used to work there for functions and still the service was awful. Our last Dan Web adventure was in '07--a new low--90 minutes to serve eight people. That was it for me. Nice place, a menu which doesn't change very much, filled with tradition (heck, Thoreau stayed at the original Dan Web Inn), but a 90 minute wait for breakfast was too much to bear. We've now found two other, albeit less elegant places, to breakfast as a group in Mashpee off of Cotuit.

                3. We had some wonderful breakfasts at The Keltic Kitchen in West Yarmouth. The lemon ricotta pancakes are amazing.

                  1. I like Jack II off 6A in Yarmouth (formerly Jack's Outback) and Marshside in Dennis (turn left at the intersection of 6A and 134 and its on your right) Not a fan of Grumpy's. Haven't tried optimist cafe. For great muffins and Terroir coffee try the Mercantile in Dennis near the Cape Playhouse (also great sandwiches later in the day) or in the same building Buckie's biscotti has good baked goods too (I like the gingerbread scone).

                    Breakfast is also served at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe next to the Dennis Yacht Club. I haven't been there for breakfast, only lunch, but the view cannot be beat on a nice day.

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                    1. re: heypielady

                      Just under 20 minutes from bridge: go to exit 5, turn right onto Rte 149 south. Go a few miles and you'll come to a shopping center with a gas station on right. Under striped awning you will find The Mills Restaurant. Bkfst/lunch only. Excellent quality. Real maple available.

                      Closer to bridge: On rte 6a sandwich, on left after gas station as you head away from bridge through sandwich, is the Marshland Restaurant.

                      Both of these places are the types that can have lines of people waiting for tables on Sunday a.m. even in the off season.

                      1. re: heypielady

                        Loved the old Marshland...The new, albeit beautiful, is sadly not the same. Love Mercantile and Buckie's. B'Fast on the harbor sounds fun!

                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                          I admit, I haven't been to Marshland (I think that's the one I meant) since the renovation. I used to really enjoy the eggs benedict there.

                      2. I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned The Red Cottage on Old Bass River Road in South Dennis (25 minutes past the Sagamore Bridge--Take Exit 9A, turn right onto Main Street and then right onto Old Bass River Road). The Red Cottage has a fabulous breakfast--breakfast, not brunch--with many whole grain and healthy offerings and real maple syrup (but you have to request it and the charge is $1).

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                        1. re: nfc

                          I recently tried Cafe Chew in Sandwich and really liked it for breakfast, better than Marshland. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table, so you don't actually get waited on.

                        2. This weekend the whole family was on the Cape and six of us went to Keltic Kitchen for breakfast Saturday Morning.
                          This used to be my wife's favorite restaurant for breakfast food and I was always satisfied there.

                          NO MORE!

                          Three ordered buttermilk pancakes, and all described them as crumbly. The batter had no lumps, but obviously was too dry.

                          The potato pancakes were a creany texture, but loaded with shredded onion that was sharp and raw. I did not want sour cream and asked for apple sauce or apples instead. The waitress replied, they had constant requests for applesauce, but the ownres can't be bothered.

                          My wife always enjoyed a pot of Barry Irish Tea. Today there wasn't enough water in the pot to brew an entire mug.

                          The eggs were all prepared properly, the only saving grace to an otherwise disappointing meal.

                          Keltic Kitchen
                          415 Rte 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673

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                          1. re: bagelman01

                            bummer bagelman....I never loved it there but I am picky picky....My kiddo had breakfast Sunday at Ann and Fran's. She said it was ok..she is picky too..we still love the Black Dog the best. Too bad it's a boat ride away.

                            1. re: phelana

                              I'll be back on the Cape from Tuesday til Fri, don't know where I'll eat

                              1. re: bagelman01

                                Bagel, eat as in breakfast?? What part of the Cape?

                                1. re: phelana

                                  Eat as in Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. I'll be staying at our condo in the west side of Hyannis, but will drive anywhere from Falmouth to Harwich.

                                  Saturday night, my wife and I wanted to go out for a drink about 10:30, the little ones were asleep and our 21 and 13 year old girls agreed to babysit.

                                  We ended up at Bobby Byrne's on Rt 28 and Bearses Way. I hadn't been in years. The drinks were good and we got hungry. My wife had Fettucini A;fredo with scallops and shrimp which was surprisingly good and made to order. They did not use parmigiano reggiano, spo the sauce was particularly smooth with no grit. I had sauteed chicken and mushrooms in a light red sauce with homemade mushroom ravioli. Absolutely delicious and the only thing I could find fault with was the fact that the menu said medallions of chicken and they were chunks.

                                  4 name brand drinks, 2 dinner entrees only $46 plus tip. I love the Cape off season.