Thanksgiving on South Coast of MA?
I'm looking for a nice place to have Thanksgiving dinner on the south coast of MA. Diners will be two foodies, two foodie cubs and two elderly parents who think Cracker Barrel is darn good night out.
The parents live in Brewster, MA and the foodies live in RI. We're looking for something in between. We'd love a "ye olde New England" ambience - think crackling fire, low ceilings and warm service - but it's not necessary if the food and service are good.
Here we are again at Thanksgiving, so I'm giving this topic a bump.
We ended up last year at the Huttleston House in Fairhaven. While the food was mediocre, the setting was decent and the parents were highly pleased.
However, mobility issues are rearing their ugly head and we need to stay closer to home in Brewster for this year's outing. As mentioned previously, while I dearly love the Bramble Inn, the parents were not so pleased with it. Mom has suggested the Brewster Fish House, which I'm frankly confused by. Doesn't seem like a Thanksgiving kind of place. Correct me if I'm wrong!
Chillingsworth's is out of our price range. Captain Linnell House is a bit far for us, coming from RI, but we'd be up for it if the food was good. I've heard good things about Red Pheasant. They're offering a set menu, though, which is tough for me due to a dairy allergy.
Any other recommendations in the Brewster/Dennis/Harwich/Yarmouth area?
2449 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631
Captain Linnell House
137 Skaket Beach Rd, Orleans, MA 02653
Brewster Fish House
2208 Main, Brewster, MA 02631
905 Main St, Dennis, MA 02638
Bramble Inn & Restaurant
RR 6 Box A, Brewster, MA 02631
Are you sure Brewster Fish House is doing a Thanksgiving menu? Recent reports have been mixed as they lost their head chef last year. I'd be surprised if they were open to be honest. Captain Linnel is a lovely setting but again, recent reports has the food average at best. I'd highly recommend Red Pheasant. The building is lovely and cozy, the food always terrific. The Ocean House in Dennisport would be another great rec. and their website shows them open on the holiday from noon til 5. Reservations are a must at either place.
Well, CapeCodGuy, you hit a home run. We ended up at the Ocean House in Dennisport for Thanksgiving dinner and it was superb. We were seated at noon on the dot and were placed in the corner table in front of the window with a lovely view (and no steps down for Mom).
The table split the tuna "cones", with the tuna tossed with soy and topped with a wasabi cream, and a bowl of calamari to start. I thought the calamari tasted a little bit fishy, but everyone enjoyed it. I got the oldest chowpup to try the tuna cone, since it had such a great presentation, and she gave it a big thumbs up. This from a kid who is just coming around to seafood except for calamari.
Two folks at the table ordered the Thanksgiving dinner. Your traditional turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato gratin, and cranberry sauce. The turkey was done but not overdone, and plates were cleaned.
Due to a dairy allergy, I didn't go for the turkey but had the filet mignon with cabernet demiglace, grilled asparagus and truffle fries. A very standard presentation, but wow, those fries will keep us coming back. Even without the parmesan cheese, they were stupendous. I was slapping hands from the fries right and left.
Mom had the scallops over mashed potatoes and peas sauteed with bacon. I didn't even get a bite so I can't report on the dish.
The youngest chowpup had the maple glazed pork chop over bacon-apple risotto. This is a kid who doesn't really like rice, but she ate almost half of her plate. Two thumbs way up.
DH had the beef short rib, which he said was delicious, but the real star of the plate was, oddly enough, the garlic-sauteed spinach.
Desserts were huge. Dad had the blueberry-apple crisp topped with what looked like a pint of vanilla gelato. He plowed this way through it, and finished it. Said he couldn't stop! The youngest chowpup had the deconstructed PB&J, which is a stack of oreo-like cookies with peanut butter mousse in between and a drizzle of melted grape jelly on the plate. It was a lot for her to eat, so DH gladly pitched in. The oldest chowpup had the creme brulee which I am told was a little bit eggy but tasty.
Service was very good. Our waiter was available but not hovering. No errors in ordering, timing on everything was great.
We have a new Thanksgiving tradition. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions and a big thanks to CapeCodGuy!
Ocean House Restaurant
425 Old Wharf Rd, Dennis Port, MA 02639
If it were me, I'd give the elderly parents a break on the driving for the holiday and satisfy the rest of your wishes at the Bramble Inn in Brewster. Quintessential New England setting and the food is terrific.
Otherwise, there's the Beachmore Inn beside the Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, at about your half-way point. It's nice waterfront fireside dining, not quite as elegant as the Bramble, and the food is usually good, just never spectacular.
Thanks, CapeCodGuy - the Beachmore looks great. The folks don't care much for the Bramble Inn, although I've had some wonderful meals there.
Someone else suggested Bittersweet Farm in Westport. Does anyone know if they're any good?
Bramble Inn & Restaurant
Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631
Bittersweet is great when I've been! The portions are quite ample, and the food is all excellent quality (except the creme brulee. Do not get it.). If you go, I'd try and sit in the tavern or balcony. The tavern has a more laid back homey feel (deep wood paneling, and a rustic charm), and the balcony rings the main floor, but affords you a great view of the grounds.