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Can We Have a Temporary Cape Cod / Islands Board?


It appears that everyone is going to Cape Cod and the Islands this summer from the number of posts asking fro reecommendations. Jfood thinks it is great that some of the best beaches are getting some action after last summer.

To help these people maybe a temporary CC/Islands Board would be a good idea for the summer. Then they can go straight there for all the fried fish and chowder.


  1. Sorry Jfood, It happens every year. Consider this another byproduct of the board changes. If it makes you feel any better, this is how it is for us Mass. folks and all the Fairfield County posts we now see.

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    1. re: hilltowner

      Fair point, but we have some wicked great food down here in the "Old TriState rejected zip codes because of a boundary established in the 1600s-land" that we would like to share. :-))

      BTW - Does Nauset Beach still make the best onion rings in the world? Jfood would drive all the way there just for a couple of larges.

      1. re: jfood

        Funny, having been a Provincetown/Truro girl, I never knew about the onion rings at Nauset Beach, but the ones at Arnold's in Eastham have always been MY pinnacle of onion ring heaven.

        The board change seems to still be taking some getting used to...

        1. re: hilltowner

          BlueSoup may have to get herself some of those onion rings today. sometimes i wish they were more golden/crispier...i wonder if i could request a well-done batch. BlueSoup is driving up to Wellfleet soon to pick her July 4th road race t-shirt & race number. BlueSoup is supposed to be Paleo/Primal but BlueSoup may weaken for the Arnold's onion rings & PB Boulangerie termpations on the way.

        2. re: jfood

          Liam's at Nauset Beach make decent onion rings, but despite multiple tries at different times of the day I have yet to have my socks knocked off. And I'm barefoot at the beach!

          I think the NYT writer who hyped Liam's rings had one of those days where it seemed like the best ever. It happens. I have found their rings to be somehow flimsy and greasy, reminding me of some of the very lightly cooked potato chips popular in the mid-Atlantic region, rather than a darker and sturdier type.

          Arnold's in Eastham has consistently impressed me with wonderful onion rings. It's a fried food I very rarely indulge in because most of the time they just aren't good enough to justify the luxury. I never eat at Arnold's without at least sharing an order of onion rings, they have never disappointed me.

          1. re: Dan D

            to be fair it has been 15 years since jfood last had the onion strips but they were double dipped and delicious.

      2. J....
        While the Bagelmans officially live in Fairfield County, we do have a vacation home on the Cape. Mr and Mrs B only use it off season, but ourr 22 year old and friends are there this weekend. Before she left for the Cape, a lot of time and consideration of posts on this board was made. Especially those by Phelana...........

        I kinow you are a transplant from NJ, but I was born here in Connecticut. I am a die hard Yankees fan, but I am first and foremost a New Englander.

        It's bad enough that the Cape residents were cut off from the mainland by the construction of the Cape Cod Canal, I am not in favor of further injustice by cutting them off from this board.

        You might instead suggest that CH establish a Domestic Summer Travel Destination Board. This would be far less discriminatory.

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        1. One could see this as a clever attempt to create such a "board" (if one were an old cynic that is).


          "The One" ;-D>

          1. Can we have a "Best Lobster Rolls in Maine" board too? ;-)

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            1. re: HDinCentralME

              How about a "Best Fried Whole Belly Clams on The North Shore" board too? (~_^)

            2. then we need a snowbirds in So Florida board too!

              1. Not sure I understand the motivation for wanting this to be a "temporary" board. Does that mean that on Labor Day, all the collected posts of the summer would disappear? That would be a pity, since some people love the Cape in the fall, and many (if not most) of the restaurants reviewed would still be there the following summer. Chowhound doesn't delete old posts for anywhere else on the basis of age, no matter how out of date they may be (even reviews of restaurants long out of business). Why should a Cape board be any different?

                1. I would love that. I am a DC girl and head to the Cape every year. Fortunately, we have some non-wash-ashores that can advise us on great recommendations, but I would appreciate hearing from you experts. We are spending two weeks in Truro and would love some great recommendations for P'town, Truro, and Wellfleet. Money and type of food not an issue. We love all types of food and are willing to spend a bit to get great food. Thanks.

                  1. I really don't understand the point of this thread. If I am interested in finding out what is good to eat in the Cape Cod area, I just click on the Southern New England board and start scanning or searching.

                    As I write this, the third post listed on the board is titled "Sushi Cape Cod" and it has 42 replies, does anyone think there is some kind of visibility issue of Cape Cod on its, appropriate, regional board? And why a "temporary" board, I am sure at least the locals in Cape Cod eat there in the winter.

                    I have absolutely no problem clicking on "Southern New England" so I can go straight there to find all the fried fish and chowder that Cape Cod has to offer, Just as I have no problem clicking on the California board when I want to find out what the Snow Birds are having for dinner during the "season" in Palm Springs, or clicking on the Mountain States board when I want to find out whats available during the winter skiing season in Vail, Colorado.

                    What is so difficult about finding or initiating pertinent discussion on the appropriate, existing regional board?

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                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                      The OP is a resident of southern Fairfield county near the New York line. Many of us in Fairfiled county were adversely affected when CH took away the metro NY board that included Fairfield and Westchester counties and instead added all of Connecticut, Mass and Rhode Isalnd. While technically New England, Fairfield county is best summed up as Yankees territory, and the area from New Haven north and east is Red Sox land.

                      Most of Fairfield county is NY centric and the Cape requests are of little interest. Moreover, for 90% of the cape traffic only May to September counts (I am one of the few in Fairfield county who has a vacation home on the cape, but only visits off season).

                      The OP meant well in suggestiong a seasonal Cape Board for travelers, the regular cape CHers (shuch as Phelana, etc) would still make there normal posts on the southern NE board.

                      Seasonal boards for travelers make sense. The cape is rife with places that close for half the year and a traveler searching the southern NE archives would be very disappointed to read comments and make a list of places to eat, then arrive on the cape in November(Thanksgiving) and find 70% closed.
                      A seasonal board would emphasize those places open in the summer.

                      1. re: bagelman01

                        >> A seasonal board would emphasize those places open in the summer.

                        Mentioning whether a place is or isn't open year round would accomplish the same thing.

                        I just don't see the point of a temporary board, for all the reasons stated above by BobB and others.

                    2. to all the non-NE posters.

                      jfood posted this on the SoNE Board and it was moved for some reason while an intra-NE Chain post about a pizza chain was not moved. Go figure.

                      As B-man stated the posters in FFD County were severed from the longstanding TriState Board which had about a 2 hour ened to end region and place into a Board which has a 5-6 hour end to end region. The summer brings many to CC and it would be very helpful to the people going there to look at a CC board for stuff and likewise for the SoNE posters not to have 80% of the threads based on fried clams in CC.

                      And although jfood appreciates posters from Chicago and SoCa posting thoughts, your day to day reads are effected zippo by this request. Personally jfood does not care how California or Chicago is broken apart but he cares how his home board was first reallocated because of a decision in the 1600s to seaparate NY from CT at the greenwich / port chester line and now having to wade through lots of stuff that are temporary and waaaaaay outside his zipcode.

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                      1. re: jfood

                        With the temerity that comes with being daring enough to post outside my (gasp) SoCal home board I opine that you can undoubtedly appreciate what setting a precedent means for a structured site such as CH. Once the powers that be open the flood gates to a request for a "pop up" board, (no matter how legitimate the cause) for one group it produces a flood of similar requests that whine "You did it for those guys...Why won't you do it for us?" Narrow vs strategic goals are always going to clash. Having a less parochial and more of a global perspective is probably going to be a constant head butting of values and intent here. But ultimately the flood gates need to be cinched pretty tightly closed, less the next installment of the Gilgamesh Epic plays out and washes away the majority of posters here. YMMV (but not rule?)

                      2. Temporary boards aren't a realistic possibility, and this thread is getting a little snipey, so we're going to lock it now.