Cape Cod Restaurants - Our Faves and Not So Faves
A month or two I came on asking for recommendations for restaurants across Cape Cod. I was given an awful lot of names but only a couple we actually got to.
Here is my whole review of what we did:
Last month, my family and I went to Cape Cod. We rented a house in E. Sandwich, .5 miles from a private beach (a rocky one at that). We found quite a few great places to chow down - not all fancy or clam shack-y. Some were expensive, some were medium priced. The cheapest one happened to be a great pizza place.
If you want seafood, even raw bar - expect expensive. We went to Falmouth Raw Bar, off the Main drag in Falmouth, right on the water. The oysters were from Wellfleet (1/2 hour away) and they were $3 each. The clams were local too and they were $2.50 each. If you wanted a dozen, expect a lot of dough. I just wanted fried local clams and usually I pay no more than $7 for a plate with french fries and cole slaw. Instead it was market price, which means expensive. Why? Anyway, they weren't the best fried clams I had ever had. I had some in Maine a few years back that were $5 with fries. My sons burger was very good and the cheapest thing on the menu.
In the seafood category, we went to Arnold's in Eastham. We got there as they were opening and there was already a short line. We got on it and stayed until they opened half an hour later. We ran to the back and got a good table, and hubby stayed on the line to order. We decided to order one Ginormous Lobster Roll for $28. Now that sounds like a lot but it was double the price of 2 regular lobster rolls but it had MORE than double the amount of lobster. That and fries and we were set. Our son had a burger with cheese and fries and he was happy. It still came to like $40 for lunch but if we had gotten 2 separate rolls we would've gotten less lobster for the price.
At Aqua Grille in Sandwich, MA we had a magnificent meal - not for overly expensive prices. Hubby and I both had some corn chowder with lobster and shrimp. It was thick, had a few pieces of lobster and shrimp and a bit too much potato but it was still excellent. Nice little kernels of corn that exploded in my mouth. I had the Sonoran Fish Tacos which were made with local cod. It was fried in panko crumbs and served in a corn tortilla (actually I got 3 in the serving) with little side pots of guacamole, pickled red onions, pico de gallo, and black beans. There was cabbage in the tacos too. It was just delectable. Hubby had some french recipe that had scallops in it (Voul e Vant?) and I forget what our son had. We were all very happy though.
At Cafe Alfresco in Brewster, in the Lemon Village?? we had sandwiches. I had the Fried Nantucket Scallops on Ciabatta with bacon, lettuce and tomato and a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips (made in Hyannis). Hubby had a smoked salmon sandwich on pumpernickel bread with a bowl of their Peach Mango Cold Soup. Delicious. Son had a burger (see a pattern there?) Everything was just delicious and it cost less than $30 for all three.
In Hyannis we went to Brazilian Grill, 680 Main Street for a very expensive meal but worth every single dollar. It was all-you-can-eat meat. If you wanted the salad bar, which was more than salad, it was an additional $16. So close to $100 but sooo good. The Churrasciara (spelling?) came around with meat on a skewer that looked like a sword. Each man had a different type of meat cooked on the grill. There was tenderloin of beef, sirloin of beef, chicken, pork loin, chicken hearts, lamb loin, you name it. Everything was excellent. I also had some rice and beans on the side from the bar and some pudding for dessert (also from the bar). We all ate too much meat. So good.
In Mashpee, we had Asian food at Asia Restaurant in the Mashpee Commons mall area. It is a combination of chinese, japanese and korean food. We had mainly chinese dishes - not all that great and a wonderful korean dish - Spicy Korean Calamari. So good. The fried rice was the worst of the dishes with canned mushrooms. Ick.
In Sandwich, we went to The Painted Lady, a restaurant in an old house, I think it was also a B&B. The food was a bit quirky but all locally grown or foraged. I had Fish & Chips made with Rhode Island Skate. Unbelievably good. Hubby also had some type of local fish. Son had a...yes you know it...a burger. Made with Kobe beef! It was pretty expensive but it was really delicious. The place had this great artwork all over the walls and the place was painted this great shade of lavender.
The best of all was Sweet Tomatoes, a pizza place in Sandwich on Route 6A. It was excessively thin crusted, like a cracker. The pie was huge, had 12 slices, and the toppings were amazing. The quantity was good, the quality was out of this world. We had sausage and it was really thinly sliced, in nice size pieces, easy to eat. The pizza was the best I have ever had. Same with my hubby. We agreed on that. We have had fabulous NY style pizza in Manhattan - John's on Bleeker Street, the actual Original Ray's, you name it - Otto (Mario Batali's restaurant) on 8th Street and Fifth Avenue and this was the tops.
and the best ice cream we had was at Ben & Bill's Chocolate Euphoria a candy and ice cream store on the main drag in Falmouth. They had some wild flavors including Lobster ice cream, which I had to try. Unfortunately there was maybe enough for a kids cone so the woman gave me a scoop of Butter Crunch too. They were both vanilla based ice creams so they didn't take away from each other. The lobster ice cream had real pieces of frozen lobster in it. It was really good. I am not lying.
For breakfast we went to 2 great places along Route 6A in E. Sandwich - Route 6A Cafe and Marshland Restaurant. At the 6A Cafe, I had the Buffalo Chicken Omelette. Unbelievable - so delicious. Chunks of white meat chicken in buffalo sauce inside an omelette with some cheese. Yummy. At Marshlands, I had a Bacon, Egg and Cheese on Portugese English Muffin. The Bacon was actually Luiguisa sausage, a portugese specialty. It was thick sliced like bologna. It was so good.
So all in all, the eats were great on Cape Cod. A bit more expensive than expected but worth it. We didn't go to any of the more famous places such as Four Winds or Sir Crickett's - recommended to me. We passed Sir Crickett's but we weren't hungry.
14 Gallo Rd, Sandwich, MA 02563
680 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601
8 Jarves St, Sandwich, MA 02563
421 E Falmouth Hwy, East Falmouth, MA 02536
Terrific write-up. Sounds like even your not-so faves weren't all that bad. You got around nicely and had quite a varied sampling. I too like Aqua Grill and Sweet Tomatoes in Sandwich is somehow better than the other 4 or 5 that are around the Cape. Always wanted to try Painted Lady and based on your report I'll give it a go. $3 per oyster and $2.50 per clam is excessive even for waterfront Cape Cod. Can't blame you for balking. The Cape hasn't seen a $7 whole clam plate for 20 years, I'm sorry to say. Marathon is the best value IMO at $14.95, but many other places charge around the same tarrif. That said, $18.95 isn't unusual in some shacks.
8 Jarves St, Sandwich, MA 02563
421 E Falmouth Hwy, East Falmouth, MA 02536
You got the job done and the result, I'd guess, are terrific memories. I think the salad bar++ is included in the cost for meat at B Grill so it's the lower cost without meat and the higher cost with meat but includes all, deserts are an extra cost. At Asia we generally stick to Chef Wong with his two decades of preparing sushi. What? You had no giant truffles at B&B Emporium? Thanks for posting. It's nice to hear back like this. Enjoyed the read.
I have to second the recommendation for Cafe Alfresco, next to the Cook Shop beside Lemon Tree Village in Brewster. We ate there five years ago and were unimpressed, but friends recommended we re-try. They had a lot of very tasty lunch options, fairly priced, and we really enjoyed a crabcake sandwich and a fish wrap, they had several varieties of fish. We were pleasantly surprised and impressed.
Our friends like to stock up on muffins and doughnuts in the morning, we didn't try that due to being early risers.
Lemon Tree Cafe
168 Great Rd Ste 4, Bedford, MA 01730