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Oct 21, 2009 07:10 AM

Best Burger FOUND on Cape Cod! (Great chowder, too!!!)

It doesn't seem like it should be difficult to find a decent burger, hand pressed of fresh ground beef, cooked to a perfect medium, and served on a nice roll with a few tasty fries. Oh yes, there are a few places here on the Cape that put out a decent burger. I've had reasonable approximations at the Wequassett outdoor patio ($14.99) or at Barby Ann's Hyannis (around $10 and the only thing worth ordering there). Well, I'm here to tell you I've finally found Burger Nirvana in an unexpected spot, the new "Seaside Pub on Main" in Hyannis in the former location of Hannah's Fusion Restaurant. I went on the recommendation of a friend who works on Main Street who described it as 'pub grub except it's cooked by a real chef'. After our first visit, I now understand what he means. Our party of three started with chowder and chicken fingers. Sounds basic, right? First, the chowder was possibly the best I've had on Cape. Freshly made loaded with tender clams and skin-on potatoes. Not too thick and not too thin. Perhaps a bit too heavy handed on the applewood smoked bacon, but clearly the work of a superior hand. I knew this place had potential when I noticed that the chef put up the chowders instead of the customary waitstaff dipping into a steamtable bucket. One small complaint was it could have been a tad hotter. The chicken fingers were clearly hand breaded and coated with fresh herbs. No Sysco frozen fingers here. The sauce was a vanilla honey dijon aioli. Very tasty and unique. On to the burger, there are several permutations available, but I went with the old school basic cheese burger. Half pound Black Angus ground sirloin plain or with choices of cheese: Swiss, Cheddar & Monteray Jack, Gorgonzola, Goat Cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano at only $7.95. Five type of hand cut fries come with, and I chose the pomme frites with truffle oil and Parmesan Reggiano which were terrific. The roll was grilled La Boccia bread and it was both soft and tender, yet held up well to the burger itself. No burger on Cape comes close, at any price. At only $7.95 it's a bargain!

It's a strange concept, but one that I hope works. Well worth a try for lunch. I suspect I'll give it go for dinner one of these nights and report back when I do.

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  1. Oh,'re killing me! Do I go here or Embargo for my one night on the mainland??

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    1. re: ciclista

      Tough call. I have such a small sampling of Seaside Pub on Main, it's hard to say go there instead of Embargo. I have had many samplings of Embargo, yet it has always been on Tuesday nights so I'm not sure if my high level of exhuberance would be the same if I'm paying $6-$12 dollars per small plate versus $3-$6. Drinks are expensive but good bartenders and it's got an almost city vibe. I like the room. If you are going with one other person, you should probably expect to split 4 plates, so if that's within a teachers budget ,go for it!

    2. Thanks for the great review and for bringing it to everyone's attention. Sounds Chowish! Love burgers like this.

      1. Seaside Pub is very close to my office, and I've never seen a soul going in or coming out. I will most definitely check it out on your recommendation, though. Five choices of fries?? That could be dangerous. Thanks for doing the legwork for me, CCG!

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        1. re: jillian

          Hmmm.....I'll have to think about it! We're not "broke", we just don't feel like a fancy, Chillingsworth-type experience after being in a conference all day, then power-shopping. My friend is on a clean eating kick, so I'm thinking Seaside may not be our best option! Thanks again!

          1. re: ciclista

            Ci, I too am clean eating and don't eat meat so the pub is out..for clean eating Inaho fits the bill for me..

            1. re: phelana

              It's not my intention to complicate things, but I did see a very nice plate of tuna sashimi coming out of the kitchen. Also the menu states: "Dietary Needs
              Vegetarian, gluten free, low carb or allergies, let our chef cater to your every whim."
              So it appears that clean eating is available.

        2. I know it's not cape cod, but the kobe & beef short rib burger at Toppers on Nantucket is to die for. It is really RICH in flavor and so tender. You'll pay for it, but you will love it.

          Anyway... here's hoping that Seaside Pub makes it through the fall and winter so I can check it out in the spring.

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          1. re: foleyd7

            Thanks, foley. I live on Nantucket, but never been a big fan of the Kobe burger because it lacked any flavor (due to the low fat content). I'll have to head out there and check it out before they close for the season.

          2. Cape Cod Guy you rock! I'm on my way to check out the burger. Your reviews never dissapoint. Thanks for the field work.