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My family will be heading to Wellfleet this weekend and we are looking for a few great places to eat some CHOW! We don't mind driving around the Cape to get some good stuff. Any can't miss places? I was reading this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7105...

And I think we'll hit some of those places as well.

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  1. We have vacationed in the Wellfleet area for over 10 years. These are our favorites:

    Friendly Fisherman in N. Eastham for clam shack, fish market
    Moby Dick's for grilled seafood, salads
    Winslow's Tavern for "fancier" meal
    Mac's for sushi, great inventive dishes

    There is also a new French bakery in Wellfleet that is getting rave reviews. I haven't been, but it is on my list for later this season when we head down.

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    Moby Dick's
    RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

    Winslow's Tavern
    Main, Wellfleet, MA 02667

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    1. re: Science Chick

      "Nicer" places in the Wellfleet area: Wicked Oyster (Wellfleet), and Blackfish (Truro Center).
      Mac's Shack is great. One of my faves for low-key, delicious, casual atmosphere, non-pub food. People mention the sushi a lot, but it's not only for sushi. They have a great, comprehensive menu! Wellfleet.

      The Beachcomber on Cahoon Hollow Beach is a fun lunch spot. The food is fine, but it's the atmosphere and view that really make it! Sometimes it's not only about the food.

      Like Science Chick says, you've got to check out PB Boulangerie! Reprt back!

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      Wicked Oyster
      50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

      1. re: Science Chick

        BTW, Winslow's is going to be having some amazing jazz on weekends upstairs in their bar........paired with their great food that's a win-win in my book!

      2. I also like Pearl Restaurant. sitting upstairs on the deck is lovely on a warm day and there is nice vibe in the bar area/raw bar area. Many World Cup fans watching the games in the bar area this past weekend and having a great time.

        and yes, i concur, PB Boulangerie is worth the wait....and... worth the weight.

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        1. re: BlueSoup

          stop talking about PB Boulangerie..the lines are already too long (grin)..seriously, it's that good. I concur on Beachcomber for raw bar and Guinness and music, Mac's Shack and Moby Dick.

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          Moby Dick's
          RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

          1. re: phelana

            I am only a part time resident but i go out year round so i am looking forward to dead of winter trips with no lines.

        2. Not everyone agrees, but the Bookstore by the Wellfleet harbor has excellent oysters and is a scenic spot with other good menu items. Eastham had Arnold's, a busy clam shack with fried seafood, lobsters, oysters, excellent onion rings, ice cream, etc.

          Orleans has Abba, excellent and refined food, Israeli and Thai influences. Brewster has Brewster Fish House, consistently among the best on the entire Cape, but it is small and they do not take reservations so there may be a wait.

          Mac's Shack and Friendly Fisherman are good options also, as is Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet.

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          Wicked Oyster
          50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

          Brewster Fish House
          2208 Main, Brewster, MA 02631

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          1. re: Dan D

            Oooh, I was just coming here to ask the same question. Thank you for the info- we're headed up there ourselves on Sunday for the week. We have a babysitter two of the nights, and are hoping not to hit a dud when heading out to dinner.

            1. re: Dan D

              Dan- I like The Bookstore, too. It's funky and casual and they have good oysters, bar food, and drinks! What's not to love?

              1. re: ciclista

                What's not to love is the lousy service and overpriced food. The place has been a dump for years..............it only survives since it is on mayo Beach and relies on the high volume of innocent "touristas" enthralled by thre view. I bet most never come back.........but places like this don't care since they will get constant one timers.

                1. re: johng58

                  The prices never struck me as too high, but then again, I live on Nantucket, so everything looks like a bargain once I leave here.

                  1. re: johng58

                    Took the drive to Welfleet today to try the new French Boulangerie everyone is raving about, but they were closed! Had an excellent lunch, however , at the Bookstore. As mentioned, great view. We found the service attentive and efficient. Prices were reasonable as it cost us $45 pre-tip for 2 Sodas, A Bloody Mary, a nice cup of Clam Chowder, a Cheeseburger with fries, 6 fresh and clean Welfleet littlenecks on the half shell, and some terrific Fish Tacos. So I'd have to say we would return and btw, we're lifelong natives, not "touristas".

                2. re: Dan D

                  I've had great meals at the Bookstore, and I've had completely awful meals as well. Let's split the difference and call it "inconsistent". Can't argue with the view, though.

                  Agree that Mac's and the Wicked Oyster are wonderful, and, though technically in Truro I'd also throw in Blackfish.

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                  Wicked Oyster
                  50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

                3. Thank you everyone, we will definitely be hitting up several of these spots. We are staying off Gull Pond Rd near Moby Dicks.

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                  Moby Dick's
                  RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

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                  1. re: hotel

                    Just came back from a Cafe Boulangerie run for white chocolate bread and hot chocolate. No line and tons of goodies at 3:30. Next stop Moby Dick's. Lobster roll no filler, slightly dry not heaping was a pricey 17.99. 6 Oysters was 11.99 (I did not get them but am commenting as I saw .99 Welfleet oysters several other places) and my kiddo did not love her crab cakes due to the spicy remoulade sauce (I did not love it either). This is my second trip and I really believe the prices are too high. I love Friendly Fisherman but did not go this time. BTW, Rt 6 was packed.

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                    Moby Dick's
                    RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

                    1. re: phelana

                      I started a thread in may about the Friendly Fisherman expressing my disappointment that my first lobster roll of the season was a disappointment compared to what i had in 2009. I will try it again soon but would love someone else to corroborate or refute. Hopefully i just got a dud that day. I have NEVER been a fan of Moby Dick's.
                      I eat a Paleo/Primal diet. I break it for PB Boulangerie.

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                      Moby Dick's
                      RR 6 Wellfleet MA, MA

                  2. Blacksmith Shoppe in Truro has surprisingly not been mentioned! The Tuna Bolognese is not to be missed. Adrian's for pizza with a view. In P-town we always hit Ciro and Sal's, stop at the lobster pot window for chowder and Bubbala's for Mussles in sausage and fennel cream sauce. Don't forget a sandwich or three at BoxLunch. If you really want the best deal on a lobster roll I would highly suggest making your own. Think about it this way...Call Hatches, or any of the fish markets, and order a 10 pounder steamed and ready for you to pick up (the bigger the lobster the better meat to shell ratio and the price per pound goes down). For $60 you can make 7 lbs of lobster salad. Enough for the whole family and maybe a couple of lucky friends! I will be there in August so save some for me ;)

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                    1. re: lexajo

                      Did you mean Blackfish in Truro?

                      1. re: ciclista

                        Yeah, looks like it's been a while since lexajo has been around that area... Blacksmith Shop is now Blackfish.

                        1. re: purple bot

                          Thanks for the slam Bot. Touche, not a permanent resident any longer but I do spend two weeks every summer. So my bad on the forgotten name change. After 34 years it is sometimes hard to accept change. Nevertheless.....yum!

                      2. re: lexajo

                        While I agree with the idea of making one's lobster rolls, 10 pound lobsters are VERY old and certainly not known for their tenderness. An old Lobsterman from New Bedford once said to me that 3 pound lobsters are by far the best value for both the quality of the meat and the meat to shell ratio. Having tried all sizes, I have to agree.

                        Next time you want Italian in PTown, try Front Street or Sal's Place, both are far better than Ciro and Sals.

                        1. re: CapeCodGuy

                          I dunno, I think it is a myth based on overcooking! All the big boys we have had cooked by the gang at Hatches have been tender and sweet. Either way the sheer size is a hoot and you can't beat the value especially for making lobster salad! ;)
                          I agree that Front Street is worthy but I always think of the menu as a bit stuffy? I guess it is just a long time family habit to walk down the alley, shells crunching under one's feet and sneak into Ciro's. I always feel like a pirate should be sitting at the next table! and the Pasta Foriana with walnuts, raisins, garlic and anchovies is lovely. Habits are hard to break!

                      3. I just wanted to drop a quick note on a few places we went.

                        -PB Boulangerie is amazing. We went on our way out of town on Saturday morning. Thankfully it was our first and only time visiting this place, because I would have been going back every day. The croque monsieur is incredible, the croissants both with (danish) and without fruit are just incredible. Good coffee too.

                        -Wicked Oyster. I've never been more disappointed in a restaurant in my life. The appetizers were good, but nothing to rave about, but I sampled the scallops with a mushroom risotto, the baked haddock wrapped in proscuitto, squash fritters, and the vegetarian squash dish. The scallop with mushroom risotto was damn near inedible. WAY too heavy risotto for the flavor of the scallops, the vegetarian squash dish had so much going on, the flavors were a mess. The haddock was the best dish but not memorable.

                        There are others, that I will update later, but I'm getting busy here at work.

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                        1. re: hotel

                          I wish I had known about the beer/jazz thing at Winslow's earlier....I would have recommended it to you. If you go back later this summer, I would definitely check that on a Fri. night for that (I posted on this separately, sorry for the repeat). Sorry you were disappointed by the Wicked Oyster. I haven't been there for a while....not sure I'll go this year based on your experience.

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                          Wicked Oyster
                          50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

                          1. re: Science Chick

                            No worries. We still had a good time. And the chocolate bombe dessert at Wicked Oyster was quite good.

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                            Wicked Oyster
                            50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667