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EllenMM Jun 4, 2010 08:34 AM

I'll be spending a week in P-town later this summer and am looking for some good places for dinners. I loved Clem and Ursie's, and without that option, am not too up on good places for reasonable $$$. Any suggestions? Seafood, of course, is on the top of my list, but am open to all types of food experiences. I'm also hoping to score a good lobster roll - a lifelong pursuit.

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    jkuhlen Jul 7, 2010 04:34 PM

    We had an excellent meal at Front Street in P-Town last summer. Very cool space downstairs and all aspects of the experience were awesome. They are on Commercial Street right near where that alley from the parking lot on the hill joins. Not far from Marine Surplus if that's a better landmark. We are not regulars there, but everything we saw points to consistent quality. Not sure the $$$s are right for you, but it was worth it for us!

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    Front Street Restaurant
    230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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      bhorn Jul 2, 2010 10:25 AM

      We had the best lobster roll we found during our whole trip at The Post Office in Provincetown several years running. Last time we were there they did not have them because lobster was too expensive that year. Hopefully they will be back.

      If you can, I would go there at a time of day that there is not a show about to start or end as I think the waitstaff can get a bit distracted by the large crowds around showtime (the performances are in another room somewhere behind the cafe.

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        edub23 Jul 4, 2010 08:44 PM

        I haven't seen a lot of mention of the Post Office on these boards. We had a very nice lunch last month - both of us had scallops, (one fried, the other blackened) and I had a bowl of chowder, which was typically Cape-Cod delicious. Wasn't a large meal, but we'd definitely go back for more.

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        Post Office Cafe & Cabaret
        303 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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          phelana Jul 5, 2010 04:56 AM

          I ate at Moby Dicks two weeks ago..so overpriced..really ..and not that amazing...Gotta try Jimmy's Hideaway..

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          Moby Dick's
          RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

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            Dan D Jul 6, 2010 09:58 AM

            Post Office is a decent lunch spot, but service is very, very variable, and more frequently bad than good. Still, we put up with it for decent casual food at a fair price.

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            Post Office Cafe
            11 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818

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              PinchOfSalt Jul 21, 2010 03:53 PM

              Had lunch there yesterday, and was disappointed. My meal was kale soup and the seared tuna appetizer. The soup was lacking in flavor (except for the chorizo or linguica) and the price seemed rather high for what was a rather small portion. Conversely, the portion of tuna was quite generous. Problem was, there was also an overly generous amount of oregano on it that overwhelmed any other flavor.

              The waiter had a bit of an attitude but I actually found him amusing in some other ways, so service kind of balanced out for me.

              The funny part of the meal was overhearing a conversation at the next table. It appeared to be between a sales rep for a food service supply company and someone who worked for the restaurant. The restaurant guy was placing an order for all sorts of restaurant things... mostly food. It reminded me of my college days working food service. The funny part was when the restaurant guy asked for "fresh squeezed orange juice - 1 case." I wonder if their breakfast menu says "fresh squeezed orange juice"?

        2. BostonZest Jun 6, 2010 07:54 AM

          One of our P-Town habits is going out for breakfast or lunch and doing take out or cooking for dinner. We do have an apartment with full kitchen.

          Try breakfast at Devon's on the East end. Lunch at Ross' Grill on the end of Whalers Wharf.

          And, take out from the Blue Light in the center of town. Photos here
          http://www.bostonzest.com/2008/09/blue-light---pr.html#tp

          We have also enjoyed the South African fare at Karoo Cafe. Try the Bobotie, or any of the stew dishes on a cool night.

          More great soup and sandwiches from Connie's Bakery. (this is the one that shared space with Clem & Ursie's for many years) - 43 Race Point Rd, Provincetown, MA

          We love the Arapes from the Caribbean Corner Cafe.

          Trying a few small plates at Victor's can be fun and the food is good. (I've been warned that lunch is not of the same quality here- it may be a different team.) 175 Bradford Street Ext, Provincetown, MA.

          That should add a few options to your list. This is all information from our visit last September so updates from other hounds on these is welcome.

          Penny
          http://www.bostonzest.com/

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          Ross' Grill
          237 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          Karoo Cafe
          338 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          Devon's
          401 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          Caribbean Corner Cafe
          269 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          Blue Light
          225 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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            chadradchad Jul 1, 2010 10:02 AM

            Any tips for vegetarians with meat/seafood eaters?

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              johng58 Jul 1, 2010 06:24 PM

              Try the all you can eat turnips in Eastham!!

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                BostonZest Jul 1, 2010 08:14 PM

                I think if you were to call ahead to either Ross' or Devon's the chef's would be able to present a wonderful meal.

                Penny
                http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                  chadradchad Jul 2, 2010 09:13 AM

                  Thanks, I have a feeling we should book ahead as we will be there during Carnival.

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                  Berheenia Jul 17, 2010 10:02 AM

                  Just perused the menu posted outside of Napi's in Ptown and they have a large selection of vegetarian entrees. There were 10 offered and they ran the gamut of asian veggie stir fry, tofu dishes, mushroom ravioli, and several eggplant dishes. We're definitely going there next and we are a steak person and a fish eater. They're famous for their bouillibaise too. (sorry about the lousy spelling). Free parking too.

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                  Napi's Restaurant
                  7 Freeman St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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                scapegrace Jun 6, 2010 05:57 AM

                You have to try Moby Dick's for the lobster roll. It's on rt 6 in Wellfleet, about 20 min's from P'town. A great, casual place with excellent lobster rolls.

                I would also recommend Sal's Place for dinner in P'town. It's on Commercial St. on the harbor in the west end of town. It's not a 4 star gourmet restaurant, but good southern Italian. We haven't been to P'town for a few years, but we always have dinner here at least once when we go.

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                Moby Dick's
                RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

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                  BlueSoup Jun 4, 2010 12:05 PM

                  It is not seafood focussed, but Jimmy's Hideaway is excellent. I had salmon with creamy polenta and fiddleheads that was beyond divine. the polenta had a texture i could only describe as "magical." Jimmy and Rafe are wonderful hosts making everyone feel welcome.

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                    Big Momma Jun 5, 2010 07:49 PM

                    I'll second Jimmy's Hideaway for dinner. It's a restaurant I won't miss when I'm in Provincetown. The food, hosts and ambiance are outstanding. I like the seafood at Fanizzi's but I've never had a lobster roll in Ptown. Bayside Betsy's is another favorite of mine.

                    Enjoy!

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                    Bayside Betsy's
                    177 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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