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OK, I've paid a lot of money and eaten a lot of just OK food on the Cape over the years. We've generally had better breakfast/lunch experiences than dinner experiences--in general, we've just paid a lot of money for OK food.

SO. Tell me where you'd go for dinner if you were staying in Wellfleet/Truro/P-town, any and all price ranges, cuisines, atmospheres, etc.

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  1. The Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet is probably our favorite for any meal of the day. In many visits, I've never been anything less than happy, and occasionally wowed.

    Do yourself a favor at least once and go for breakfast- the Corned beef hash and waffles are to die for- and I don't even like CBH. The lunch and dinner service is a nice balance of casual and elegant.

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    Wicked Oyster
    50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

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    1. re: JenJeninCT

      This is a subject that has been covered extensively in recent posts; perhaps that is the reason there are so few replies to yours.

      You say "OK, I've paid a lot of money and eaten a lot of just OK food on the Cape over the years."

      Correct. That's the Cape. You should try going back 35-40 years and getting a gourmet meal, it wasn't happening.

      My better piece of advice to everyone involves wine on the Cape. There isn't any. At least not at retail, and nothing you would want to drink...so do yourself a solid....Go to a premium wine shop before trekking to the Cape and "just say no" to crappy wine, which is genuinely all that seems available at retail anywhere I've been.

      Restaurants, different story...but the wine shops?.....As Louuu might say...

      FUGGGETTTABOUTIT!

      1. re: shark_attack

        Hit any Lukes Super Liquor store for an excellent wine selection. There are at least six of them on Cape. Just finished off a 2005 Brunello that would knock your socks off.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          LOVE Brunello de Montelcino...what did you pay...WOW..you have good taste..

        2. re: shark_attack

          Seriously, Sharkie?? There are good wine shops on the Cape! There is no need for buyning wine off-Cape. I agree with CCGuy...Luke's is excellent...among others.

          1. re: shark_attack

            Perry's in Provincetown has an excellent selection of wines. Ross' Grill in Provincetown has great wines by the glass and a special board with limited selection of a few special bottles by the glass.

            I've found good food and wine in Provincetown for the past 10 years.

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            Ross' Grill
            237 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

        3. We've had wonderful meals at Mac's Shack in Wellfleet and the Red Inn in PTown. Go early to the Red inn and have a drink on the deck.

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          Red Inn & Restaurant
          15 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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          1. re: El Guapo

            Thanks, I've always liked the look of Red Inn, and we tried to get into Mac's last year but there was a car accident in the parking lot--so we took that as an omen. :/

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            Red Inn & Restaurant
            15 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

          2. Jimmy's Hideaway in Ptown was the last meal i had on the Outer Cape that i felt was truly worth the money.

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            1. re: BlueSoup

              So are the Truro Vineyards not worth going to?

              1. re: coastalgypsy

                Truro Vineyards is a nice visit and worth a couple of hours on a nice morning or afternoon. I don't find the wine that terrific, but it's uniquely local. For some delicious local wine and a very nice pastoral setting, go to Westport River Winery in Westport, MA. about an hour's drive down Rte 195 from the Cape. Pack a picnic lunch and try some very excellent Brut Cuvee, a local champaigne style sparkling wine. The Chardonnay is pleasantly oaky and quite enjoyable as well. This is a great half day trip, or make it a full day by adding the Buzzards Bay Brewery nearby, to your itinerary. Eating at Antonio's in New Bedford on the ride home (Order the The pork alentejana (pork & little necks), or seafood paella (enough for two)) and you'll have experienced a very delightful Chowish day.

              2. re: BlueSoup

                Loved Jimmy's last year and it's on out list for this year. Excellent meal.

                Penny
                http://www.bostonzest.com/

                1. re: BlueSoup

                  LOVE Mac's Shack for sushi and Patti the waitress is a lovey. Jimmy's Hideaway is outrageous....cozy and fun..

                2. Blackfish is Truro is very good.

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                  1. re: pdquinn

                    I think the liquor shop portion of the Brown Jug in Sandwich has a great selection of wine.

                  2. In Ptown Front Street, Fanizzi's by the Sea and Napi's.

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                    Fanizzi's by the Sea
                    539 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                    Front Street Restaurant
                    230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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

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                    1. re: Berheenia

                      Heard Front Street mentioned many times, as well as Napi's.

                      We took the advice of another beachgoer (thanks Martha, if you're out there!) and got to Mac's early, like around 5:15. Got in with no wait, which is crucial with two preschoolers...I had the lobster risotto, and the husband had fish tacos. Both were excellent.

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                      Front Street Restaurant
                      230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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

                      1. re: Berheenia

                        Napi's is just not in the league with Front street. Love Devon's, Ross's Grill, Front Street, Victors, Jimmy's hideaway and Townson's for seafood. Cape tip retail seafood in Truro is also excellent.
                        Chach is on our list to try this year.

                        Penny
                        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                        Chach
                        73 Shank Painter Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657

                        Front Street Restaurant
                        230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

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

                      2. 1) Blackfish, Truro Center: consistently creative, inventive, local wonderful ingredients, fun, our favorite.
                        2) Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet: ditto, our standby, always delicious.
                        3) Mac's Shack, Wellfleet: great, fun, but inconsistent, don't make the sushi your centerpiece
                        4) Abba, Orleans: wonderful local ingredients, Israeli chef/owner, interesting
                        5) Do Not Eat at PB Bistro, sucks. Breakfast pastries and breads from the boulangerie are outstanding
                        6) The Mews in P-town is next on my list, raved-about food and beautiful dining room on P-town Harbor.
                        7) Lorraine's in P-town: Mexican w local ingredients, hundreds of tequilas, small and crowded, fun.
                        8) Finely JP's in South Wellfleet: on many lists, disappointing recently.
                        6) Mahoney's in Orleans has a great bar and good food

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                        Wicked Oyster
                        50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

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                        1. re: alfresca

                          Your top 3 and mine coincide exactly, to which I would add Babe's in North Truro. I also found Chach's and Napi in P-town to be very very good. You're comment on PB also match my feeling. Yes, the bread is excellent, pastries, etc good, but this is also the most poorly planned and disorganized place we've found recently. I'm hoping they will improve customer ser

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                          Chach
                          73 Shank Painter Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657

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

                          1. re: thos

                            I also vote for Mac's Shack...the Mews is good too. I am dying to trying Jimmy's HIdeaway.

                          2. re: alfresca

                            First, regarding the initial comment about just OK food on the Cape--I believe this is true when placed in the context of the real world. I've lived here 10 years and have spent WAY too much money on food that could be prepared better at home. Still, what is more fun than eating out? If I were to name my favorite places on the Outer Cape I'd have to agree that Jimmy's Hideaway, Ross's Grill, the Mews are great places to dine. Babe's, as I see mentioned in the next reply was wonderful but is no longer in business. Terra Luna in Truro used to be one of my favorites but I ate there last year and decided to never return. The service and food had changed completely. I'm a fan of Napi's during the off-season. Order their Shrimp Sante Fe. Yum! And Chach is a must for breakfast--in fact, this restaurant could be located anywhere and would be beloved. Their omelet with green chili pork is stunning. And that makes me think of Lorraine's. Sure the tequila is good if that is why you are going there, but the prices are outrageous and the food is no where as good as it used to be. People pay $21 for a bean burrito, please. Go to Big Daddy's Burrito in the Aquarium Mall and take it out to the deck where you'll find the Aqua Bar and one of the best views in town. Enjoy!

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                            Terra Luna
                            Truro Center Rd, MA 02666, USA, Truro Center Rd, MA 02666

                            Big Daddy's Burrito
                            205 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                            Chach
                            73 Shank Painter Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657

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

                          3. We just returned and had mostly good experiences. Had a wonderful if pricey meal at Terra Luna in Truro. I had a special, the Sofrito (a spicy bouillibaise) which was outstanding and had an amazing amount of seafood. Chach's is a big favorite for breakfast; come with a big appetite. We always go to Adrian's. Not the best in the region but very good for the money, and always reliable. They have a very good appetizer of burrata with prosciutto.

                            Unfortunately, a big thumbs down to Sol in Wellfleet. It's is not mentioned much on this board but there's a lot of local buzz. I really wanted to like this place because of the creativity suggested by their menu and their use of local ingredients. But despite good intentions, I think the chef just doesn't have the skill to make the food really enjoyable. Just too expensive for the quality and portion size. Oh well.

                            On the casual side, we enjoyed lobster and oyster rolls at Townsens on Shank Painter (and there's parking!). About as casual as it gets, but nice for lunch or an inexpensive dinner.

                            We could not get into Front Street or to Blackfish so definitely reserve a couple of days in advance if!

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                            Terra Luna
                            Truro Center Rd, MA 02666, USA, Truro Center Rd, MA 02666

                            Chach
                            73 Shank Painter Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657

                            Front Street Restaurant
                            230 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                            7 Replies
                            1. re: Bookistan

                              Where is 'Sol in Wellfleet?

                              1. re: johng58

                                15 Kendrick Avenue just across from the Wellfleet Town Pier in the same building as the WHAT Theater. I believe it used to be a very casual lunch place that closed down several months ago.

                                1. re: Bookistan

                                  I have never been for dinner but we really enjoy Sol for breakfast. They have great muffins and pastries as well as quiche, eggs, granola, etc.

                              2. re: Bookistan

                                I respectfully have to disagree with you, bookistan. Thumbs up for Sol. (ah, the beauty of chowhound!) Reluctantly, we tried it for the first time this year and were pleasantly surprised. Have been back numerous times and have enjoyed it immensely each time. The food is simple --and I mean that in a good way. Flavors and ingredients are distinct and clear, and executed, if not perfectly, them certainly better than 98% of restaurants on the Cape who over-reach.

                                (no longer directed at bookistan...) The chances of finding professional service on the Cape in the high season are slim to none. Reduce your expectations in that department, for sure. It's a simple fact: there is just not enough staffing to go around. Mostly you're getting college students. Period.

                                As far as Towsend's goes, well, if you happen to be a seafood place in a seaside town and you can't execute fried food, don't bother (something to do with the dearth of talented restaurant help? perhaps. indeed, most likely). If you're a customer, save your fried clam craving for Neptune Oyster in Boston.

                                The Wicked Oyster has been slipping this year. Yes, it pains me deeply to say that -- I have a lot of love for the place. But a few visits this year have made me think the love affair is over. (sob). They're just not delivering anymore. Menu is over-ambitious (see a theme here?) and they just can't execute. Food is bland and off, texturally. Not worth the money.

                                Blackfish is very good, go if you can. So is Mac's Shack.

                                My main complaint with the places that can actually deliver -- they don't change the menu, ever. I get it, I really do: tourists come into town, enjoy a meal, and want the same thing next year when they come back. But honestly, what about those of us that come a few times a month? yawn! Having 1 or 2 specials isn't enough.

                                100% agree PB Boulangerie is worth it's weight in gold, pastry-wise. Can't comment on the lunch or dinner, though.

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                                Wicked Oyster
                                50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

                                1. re: purple bot

                                  I was searching for reviews on Sol in Wellfleet and here I am nearly a year later commenting on this post. We had two great meals there and both reasonably priced. The first time was by accident, we were looking for dinner late on a Sunday night, and they serve till eleven. The waitstaff were so nice with great rec's. Went back again after that positive experience and again had a terrific meal. It's my go to place in Wellfleet now.

                                  1. re: purple bot

                                    I can comment on PB Boulangerie having had lunch and dinner there recently - stick with what they do perfectly - bread and pastries. I have never had a better croissant - anywhere, including France and NYC. The wild blueberry and the apricot "danish" croissants are phenomenal. The huge Poilane-style rustic loaf (also sold in quarter or half rounds) is great. One day I'll get there before the white chocolate bread sells out. Note that the brewed coffee is barely acceptable even after a heavy dousing with cream - but it IS also basically free with plain croissant and a piece of fruit as the breakfast special for $2.80 (which is the the same price as just a croissant - and worth every penny!).

                                    The dinner menu is classic French - reservations require a phone call in advance (no web access), it's expensive, and the execution is uneven.

                                    The menu steak frites is great including the Boursin sauce, but the steak frites prix fixe is not the same meat - smaller, much lower quality cut cooked differently without the sauce. The U-10 day boat scallop special was amazing - best main of the night. The menu item braised shortribs were really tasty, but the portion was tiny for $32 and the mashed potatoes were oversalted to the point of inedible (and I NEVER leave potatoes on my plate). The charcuterie is fine but not memorable and the house-smoked wild king salmon was not very smoky and really badly hacked up during slicing. Desserts were polarizing - the "candy bar" is a rich, decadent chocolate nut confection the entire table raved about, while the creme brulee was one of the worst I have seen in a long time - it seemed to have way too much egg and was overcooked to a grainy (vs. creamy, silky) texture and the brulee was super heavy and burnt (not browned / carmelized - black and bitter) - most of it was left uneaten.

                                    Our server was enthusiastic but not very well-informed on the food ingredients and preparation, thought "everything on the menu is great", forgot a cocktail for one person, and disappeared frequently for long periods of time. Even in a vacation area, a place with entrees in the $30s should do better in terms of hiring and training their servers.

                                    I'll happily return and wait in the 20-40 minute long line for bread and pastries but won't be dining there any time soon (Blackfish and Mac's are both superior nearby options at comparable price points)

                                    1. re: rlh

                                      I could not agree more! Although in my two visits to the Bistro I never have had anything edible let alone memorable. Total rip-off. Such a pity, they turned that old clam shack into such an attractive spot and then dropped the ball. I also find the coffee disappointingly tasteless, but forgive them all for the spectacular pastries and breads. They also sell a few reliably good cheeses and sometimes you can buy slices of a pretty wonderful pate they make. I just can't understand how the Bistro can be so bad and yet be so busy.

                                2. Best clam chowder I ever ate! Fantastic soft shelled crab for $10.

                                  Crabsman.com

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                                  Lobster Pot
                                  321 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                                  1. The Book Store in Welfleet is fabulous!

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                                    1. re: choch

                                      Fabulous? Err.....opinions will always differ, but I've never found them anything more than serviceable.

                                      1. re: Science Chick

                                        I 2nd that- edible, yes; fabulous, not so much- we've had better meals at Pearl, Mac;s and of course, Wicked Oyster

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                                        Wicked Oyster
                                        50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

                                        1. re: JenJeninCT

                                          Yes, Pearl is really good and consistent. Love the atmosphere. Best clam chowder may be Moby Dick's. And looking below, I wouldn't eat at the Post Office Cafe if they were holding my children hostage. Remember, Chach!

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                                          Moby Dick's
                                          RR 6, Wellfleet, MA 02667

                                          1. re: ptowncook4

                                            Pearl's is consistently boring with a silly second story. Best roadside is Finbar at the Orleans roundabout, amazing fish tacos, best homemade lemonade and iced tea and soft ice cream. Yum! I never eat breakfast out, bring my coffee from the big city and get great stuff from PB boulangerie -- the multigrain and cranberry breads and the baguettes! The chocolate croissants and the fruit tarts are like the best of provincial France, I swear. Beware the lines! and beware the Bistro!!

                                            1. re: alfresca

                                              Try the baquettes with pull-off portions - we had these on the beach with cheese - perfect summer lunch

                                          2. re: JenJeninCT

                                            Wicked Oyster in the summer is like an oven - probably very cozy dinner in the winter. I had duck fritters with a peach apricot sauce - excellent as were the fried oysters but it was so uncomfortable - no A/C.

                                        2. re: choch

                                          I love the Bookstore for the freshest shucked wellfleet oysters as well as littlenecks or cherrystones, the crab cake salad and in blustery weather, the french onion soup gratinee is divine, each paired with a minerally cold white or a chewy cab. And the best seats in the house on the deck, upstairs or down, or inside by the bar when it's cold. Perfect for late lunch. I hated Pearls, end of story, sucky menu and the cooking didn't make up for it. It was the old Captain Somethings, I ca Where is Sol's?? Is it still good? Mac's Clam Shack by the harbour far surpasses Arnold's or Moby's, and definitely the FF, but don't tell anyone. BYOB and snag an umbrella'd table on the beach..Mac's Shack though, it's definitely fun and has a great raw bar, but you can cook as well at home and the sushi is sub
                                          I don't know, but when I'm on the Cape I want to eat fish, local fish, and plenty of it. Whoever said Lorraine's was a rip-off was probably correct; we make better margaritas and oysters rockefeller and grilled chicken quesadillas at our house
                                          Except you have to get the ice cream somewhere, and my vote goes to Nauset Ice Cream, I'm particularly partial to the blueberry and then the banana
                                          So, lay it on me Chowhounds, where to eat this year in the Outer Cape?

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                                          Nauset Ice Cream
                                          4550 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642

                                        3. ok i live in wellfleet year round... bottom line best restaurant in wellfleet is mac's shack; truro - blackfish; p-town - jimmy's hideaway. best breakfast - post office cafe in p-town. best bread - pb - don't waste your time getting anything else there. best view is lunch at pearl wellfleet harbor on their upper deck. best fast food is mojo's in p-town and the best fried clams on cape is friendly fisherman's in eastham. best pizza is flying fish in wellfleet and hillcrest in orleans (both owned by jelly & sara) as long as jelly is making the pizza. best coffee beanstock organic sumatra you can get at south wellfleet general store, flying fish and wicked oyster - all in wellfleet. best ice cream is 4 seas in centerville best burger is blackfish - truro tuesdays and fridays - done

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                                          1. re: vicguido

                                            The problem with "Best of" statements? I disagree with a bunch of your "bests". What's wrong with the pastries at PB? How is the view from Pearl any better than the Bookstore? Marathon's fried clams blow FF away. In the Upper Cape, Arnold's reigns supreme. Just the smell of the old grease at Mojo's in summer makes me sick. Hangar B at the Chatham Airport has a better B'fast than anywhere else on Cape, Sundae School blows 4 Seas out of the water for ice cream....see the point?

                                            BTW...my list is far from the be all and end all in discussion of "best ofs".

                                            1. re: CapeCodGuy

                                              I think this really is using "best" as a substitute for "my favorite." That doesn't bother me, I just assume that's the case when I read it.

                                              BTW, I agree that Blackfish is the "best" in Truro (or that whole area of the Cape), "my favorite" breakfast place is Wicked Oyster, and PB is better for pastries than bread, though both are excellent..

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                                              Wicked Oyster
                                              50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

                                            2. re: vicguido

                                              The time that I tried to eat upstairs on the deck at the Pearl I was told that they did not serve food up there. We sat outside on the patio behind the restaurant and were disappointed. Has something changed?

                                              1. re: lmuller

                                                Need a special place for my date's 50th..Blackfish is closed...Red Inn is closed..Ross's too noisey...

                                                1. re: phelana

                                                  This is another chowhound who would like to hear some more comments about Pearl -- It has a look and an atmosphere that we find perfect for its setting -- but 2 times we have been underwhelmed by the food. Are we just ordering wrong? We'd like to love this place.

                                                  I think PB Boulangerie will still be closed in Feb.

                                                  1. re: cape year rounder

                                                    This is sooo great!!! It's awesome that there is a thread here--
                                                    Pearl -- they took over my heartthrob spot and turned it into -- nothing!! We cook better at our house, with fish from our neighbor (who also supplies Mac's stores). I love the spot but found the menu dull and the cooking of the dull menu ehhh.
                                                    I have likewise railed in these pages (and also Yelp) about PB -- GREAT bread (I disagree with some of you) I love the bread and the pastries and often bring home dessert, I have to admit to paying top dollar for butter and not minding...but the restaurant was such an insult that I will be hard put to go back to it.
                                                    I was intrigued by whomever wrote that the Wicked had turned disappointing -- I could not agree more even though I still find comfort in the signature flounder (or sole) with capers...but they never ever change their menu!! I have not yet had a bad meal at Blackfish
                                                    Be these as they may, where can you go out in the winter??P-town I don't really know (except for Perry's wines which I think has GREAT selections) but I haven't tried Ross's which a lot of people love. The Bookstore I hear will re-open around Valentines' Day (and not a moment too soon..) I LOVE their "french" onion soup it is sooo good on a raw day and their shellfish is always impeccable (being Wellfleet..) And crabcakes are excellent (for us it's a lunch spot). Also lunch at the Land-Ho in Orleans is a favorite (Anyone want to try their Reuben --it's really good!!) Dinner is difficult -- Wicked, Finely JP's (haven't been there in a while. I think they will re-open in February and are "decent" particularly meat selections --
                                                    Orleans is a year round town and Mahoney's is always reliable plus the bartender is great, makes great cocktails and they have really decent wines! Not sure about ABBA's schedule, but they are open much of the year, we have always had excellent and well thought out meals there.
                                                    Whoever said Arnold's had the best clams, I disagree -- I vote for Mac's on the harbor in Wellfleet, and year round, best fried oysters anywhere -- Sir Cricket.
                                                    To Phelana looking for date night -- I suggest looking in the latest issue of Edible Cape Cod and traveling a bit farther than the Outer -- but be careful driving home!

                                                2. re: lmuller

                                                  Yes, they now serve food up there, and don't let you sit for just a drink.

                                                3. re: vicguido

                                                  Flying Fish Cafe is a great breakfast option althoughth eordering is a bit chaotic - I recommend the Cape Cod cranberry scone at an outside table.

                                                4. I like Napi's off season also, Blackfish, Mac's shack and Moby Dick's for plain lobster and, yes, a very good wedge salad.

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                                                  Moby Dick's
                                                  RR 6, Wellfleet, MA 02667

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

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                                                  1. re: magiesmom

                                                    Alfresca, does Finbar still use Tilapia for their fish? If so I find that unacceptable on Cape Cod...

                                                    1. re: phelana

                                                      EAT@ Adrian's is worth checking out while it's still there. Will Gilson is doing some amazing food. Highly recommend his take on clam chowder; inventive and delicious.

                                                      1. re: Wannabfoode

                                                        where is this? It's like a pop-up or something?

                                                      2. re: phelana

                                                        me too, I don't eat the tilapia but they always have two and the other is local cod.

                                                        1. re: phelana

                                                          I know this is so weird to be replying a year later about Finbar, but I saw this old post when logging in to chound which I infrequently do..we had an awful lunch there early in the summer -- you are correct, tilapia not local fish, greasy everything and gross drinks selection(powered by Coca Cola Company) and fake ice cream! Too bad, they so sold out...

                                                      3. Please do yourself a favor...DO NOT waste your money at the
                                                        Bookstore Restaurant in Wellfleet. It has a great location, n
                                                        but the food and the service are regrettable, to say the least.

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                                                        1. re: ProEater

                                                          We've had nothing but good food and service at the Bookstore -- care to elaborate?

                                                          1. re: L2k

                                                            Me too, they have the great raw bar, french onion soup when it's cold (if anyone can remember that..) terrific salads..what's not to like? Plus the porch is so great to sit on. The only thing i've ever objected to are olives in the bloody marys, just celery for me please..

                                                            1. re: alfresca

                                                              Agreed. I've never been disappointed in the Bookstore. I prefer it to The Pearl next door.

                                                          2. re: ProEater

                                                            I also have been consistently pleased to sometimes delighted by the Bookstore year round for the past 10 years at least - curious about what the problems where - it's not fancy or complicated, but it has always been really good in terms of food and service and there is that million dollar view across the street - especially when it's a nice day to sit out on the upstairs porch. Top notch raw bar and expertly fried seafood at all times in my experience...and the prices are not cheap, but fair. in fact, I can't wait to visit again during Oysterfest next weekend!

                                                            1. re: rlh

                                                              rlh, Oyster Fest is in two weeks..don't want you to miss the correct dates...I too will head up with Jillian on Sunday, the 14th, to devour some oyster...

                                                              1. re: phelana

                                                                That's right - thanks for clarifying that is not this weekend, but next weekend (Oct 13 and 14).

                                                              2. re: rlh

                                                                Actually we ate at the Bookstore several times at the end of the summer, each time hoping our meal was simply them having an "off-day"' but sadly for us, as we love the porch and have always in the past enjoyed the simple but well made and thoughtfully composed food, it just got worse... Which prompted my lament on a different thread about my disappointment in the Cape (well, Outer Cape, anyway) restaurant scene, which led to some shall we say "spirited" defenses of how hard it is to run a restaurant that can both please the tourist and the local, find good help AND be profitable...
                                                                It's too bad that this gorgeous place with its wealth of amazing ingredients doesn't support a more vibrant restaurant world. .
                                                                Back to the Bookstore -- the onion soup stock tasted canned, the mussels were served in a barely edible glop, fries cold and underdone, lobster salad tasteless and semi frozen. What more could you ask for??
                                                                We'll be scarfing down at the wild oyster table at the 'fest, and I'm really looking forward to that!

                                                                1. re: alfresca

                                                                  I have never had what I consider a "better than average" meal at The Bookstore, no matter what the season - which for me is always the Spring or Fall shoulder, never in Summer

                                                            2. Live on the outer Cape as well:

                                                              Agree that Blackfish is interesting and nicely done.
                                                              Wicked Oyster is good.
                                                              Book Store is OK
                                                              Frankly, I love Pearl....fish tacos with a beer and the nicest view of Wellfleet Harbor on the upper deck can't be beat.
                                                              Macs Shack is good but IMO well overpriced.
                                                              Abba in Orleans was probably the best meal I've had in years, but I've not been back but not because I was unhappy. Expensive but not overpriced and the Israeli wine was awesome.
                                                              The Beacon Room in Orleans has improved its game over the last couple of seasons.
                                                              Finely JP's is inconsistent and overpriced.
                                                              Although kinda sleazy, the Marconi Barbeque joint that is where Serena used to be in Wellfleet does serve a mean pulled pork, BBQ beef and chicken dinner! Not cheap though!
                                                              Fairway in Eastham OK and overpriced IMO.
                                                              Stewart's in Eastham next to Mac's Seafood is good food and service with music and reasonably priced.
                                                              I love Mahoney's in Orleans though it is a bit pricey.
                                                              Academy Ocean Grille in Orleans has been eveything from great to horrible over the last 5 years, so I don't have any current read on the place.
                                                              A great chowhoundy kind of place is Sweet Escape/Savory in Truro. Kind of a burgers, subs and pizza place but seriously a cut above....across Rt 6 from Truro elementary school. They also have sinful pastries not like PB but of the obscene cupcake persuasion.

                                                              PB Boulangerie is unequalled for baked goodies...I mean on the planet comparing to France.
                                                              Haven't had dinner in Ptown, so Jimmy's Hideaway is on my list to try.