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Jun 4, 2010 08:34 AM

Provincetown recs - help!

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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  1. 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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    1. re: BlueSoup

      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.


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

    2. 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.

      Moby Dick's
      RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

      1. 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

        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.


        Ross' Grill
        237 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

        Karoo Cafe
        338 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

        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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        1. re: BostonZest

          Any tips for vegetarians with meat/seafood eaters?

          1. re: chadradchad

            Try the all you can eat turnips in Eastham!!

            1. re: chadradchad

              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.


              1. re: BostonZest

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

              2. re: chadradchad

                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.

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

            2. 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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              1. re: bhorn

                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.

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

                1. re: edub23

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

                  Moby Dick's
                  RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

                  1. re: edub23

                    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.

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

                    1. re: Dan D

                      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. 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!

                  Front Street Restaurant
                  230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657