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NEED RECS :) Chatham Bars Inn stay this Presidents Day weekend in Chatham, MA Cape Cod!!!

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coweepooh Feb 16, 2011 12:09 PM

Hi!!!

We're staying at the Chatham Bars Inn this Friday until Monday next week for Presidents Day Weekend.

I know this is low season and many places may be closed, but we heard that there are still lots of local/not as touristy spots open during this winter time.

Would love any recommendations on:

--places to see or museums/spots to visit

--need to have lobster roll, right?

--best seafood

--best local favorites in Chatham or around

This is our first time living in New England (driving from Boston), so would love to try and see as much as we can during this stay.

Not sure what other cuisine is local to Cape Cod, but would love to hear people's favorites.

I'm guessing Chinese/Asian is not the best or most authentic here (my boyfriend and i are both chinese) so we always love rice with meals but wouldn't want to eat asian if its your usual general tso's chicken etc...

We have a car and are willing to drive around outside of Chatham as long as it's not too far or out of the way unless the place is so amazing we MUST GO.

Thanks!!!

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Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA 02633

  1. CapeCodGuy Feb 22, 2011 07:32 AM

    So Coweepoo, how about a report? Inquiring minds want to know.

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      hoppy2468 May 10, 2011 08:43 AM

      Can I get an update please?
      Visiting the Cape for a day and looking for lobster rolls for lunch. Ptown, Wellfleet, Chatham, doesn't matter as we're driving down from Boston and are headed to Cape Cod National Seashore.
      Thanks.

      1. re: hoppy2468
        Science Chick May 10, 2011 12:08 PM

        The best lobster roll in those parts is Friendly Fisherman in Eastham. I called and they are open for the season. Outside eating though.....in inclement weather, I would be willing to sit in the car and eat their lobster roll! :0

        http://friendlyfishermaneastham.com/

        1. re: Science Chick
          CapeCodGuy May 12, 2011 08:38 AM

          There were some late reports last year speakng of the decline of the lobster roll at Friendly Fisherman, although for my money that would be my #2 choice. Another very excellent choice is the Chatham Pier Fish Market . Great roll and waterfront locale makes this a better choice IMHO.

          http://chathampierfishmarket.com/

          1. re: CapeCodGuy
            Science Chick May 13, 2011 05:02 AM

            I did read those reports last seaon on FF, but my experiences there last August were A+ in all regards (lobster roll, fried clams). I have only had the Pier Fish Market lobster roll once, and I did not like it. IIRC, it was rather small and had fillers mixed in that I didn't like. Am I remembering correctly? Help me out, CCGuy!

            1. re: Science Chick
              CapeCodGuy May 13, 2011 07:07 PM

              I've never personaly had a bad experience at FF, but like you, I've read the repoprts. Likewise I've never sampled anything other than a lobster roll at CFP so I can only vouch for that. I think it's fabulous and one of the best anywhere on the Cape. No excdessive filler, but I like a little celery myself. I've really got nothing to add than what you may recall on this relatively recent and informative thread. Irf you give either a try, be sure to report back.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/719141

              1. re: CapeCodGuy
                Science Chick May 15, 2011 06:20 AM

                will do..........we're sure to be there once we get some decent weather ;)

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              manhattankaren May 20, 2011 12:48 PM

              I also love Chatham Pier Fish Market (CPF) Their roll has lots of chunky lobster meat, just right amount of mayo; don't recall there being much filler. Squeeze a lemon on it and you're good to go! Their fried seafood is great too; not greasy at all and freshest around. Locale is gorgeous too.

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        Seamus Feb 18, 2011 10:36 AM

        I would highly recommend the Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet for dinner. I would make a reservation. It also serves breakfast.

        I would also highly recommend PB Boulangerie and Bistro in Wellfleet. Well worth the drive. Open Wed to Sunday. Check website. During this past summer, the line for its bread, pastries, and coffee were very, very long, but worth it. Also, serves dinner now. Haven't tried it for dinner.

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        Wicked Oyster
        50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

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          i hamin Feb 17, 2011 05:50 AM

          we have stay at chatham bars dozens of time

          great place

          my recomendaion------------eat all your meals there
          after there buffet brewakfast,you won't be hungry
          eat a light lunch in the lounge
          dinner in dining room or lounge

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          1. re: i hamin
            CapeCodGuy Feb 17, 2011 07:21 AM

            Is this a serious post? Eat EVERY meal at CBI? I can't imagine anything more boring and although quite beautiful, it's not like the Inn is known as a foodie spot.

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            dinerfan Feb 16, 2011 03:51 PM

            The Chatham Squire on Main street is a local landmark that is worth a trip, and it has always proudly been open year 'round. There are two separate venues, a bar and a restaurant with table service, connected by a door. The bar is a hangout for locals and is very informal. Packed on summer nights, a lot less busy in winter. The restaurant is good, serving typical Cape bar fare (chowder, fried clams, flounder, cod, etc.). Pretty good food and lots of local flavor.

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              dinerfan Feb 17, 2011 07:09 AM

              I spent nearly every summer for thirty years in Chatham, and have fond memories of the Christopher Ryder House, now gone, and Christian's, which is right downtown on Main Street, and only open weekends. A little more formal than the others mentioned.
              Also Chillingsworth in Brewster is (or was) excellent.

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              Chillingsworth
              2449 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

              1. re: dinerfan
                CapeCodGuy Feb 17, 2011 07:19 AM

                Chillingsworth is not yet open for the season.

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                  Science Chick Feb 17, 2011 10:33 AM

                  I messed up......their website says they are open but that must have been updated at the beginning of last season. They have a phone message that says they open Mother's Day weekend.....

                2. re: dinerfan
                  phelana Feb 17, 2011 08:30 AM

                  dinerfan, when was the last time you were ate Chillingsworth?

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                  Chillingsworth
                  2449 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

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                    dinerfan Feb 17, 2011 02:00 PM

                    oh, a long, long time. Haven't spent summers in Chatham for five or years ago, and probably five years before that. Not so good now?
                    What about the Barleyneck Inn in Orleans? I remember as being decent tourist fare.

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                coweepooh Feb 16, 2011 01:10 PM

                Oh and some places we're planning to go to (based on readings from Chowhounds, etc)

                But would really appreciate input from other Cape Cod locals or seasoned travelers to Cape Cod on what to order at each place or some info lunch vs. dinner etc

                --Chatham Pier Fish Market

                --Impudent Oyster (recommended by a local who grew up in Cape Cod)

                --Sesuit Harbor Cafe (lobster roll)

                --Larrys PX (casual locals breakfast/brunch)

                --Captain Frostys (local cape cod place--not sure whats good to get here)

                --The Dolphin (heard its another cape cod tradition place...not sure what this means though?)

                --Arnolds (lobster roll/chowder)

                --Marions Pie Shop (huge array of savory and sweet pies)

                And in deciding on one fancy place for dinner, would people recommend

                --28 Atlantic

                OR

                --Cape Sea Grill

                OR

                --Pisces?

                Thanks!!

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                1. re: coweepooh
                  jfood Feb 16, 2011 01:32 PM

                  Impudent Oyster - The Tuna (I have the recipe they gave me >15 years ago if you want if)

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                  Impudent Oyster
                  15 Chatham Bars Ave, Chatham, MA 02633

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                    coweepooh Feb 16, 2011 01:49 PM

                    haha sure thanks!!! would love the recipe...though we're more foodies--eating than cooking (not sure if this negates the "foodie" title haha)

                    We have Impudent Oyster down...just hoping to find some more gems in OR around Chatham area...

                    Especially looking forward to eating

                    --lobster rolls

                    --New England style seafood? Fried clams etc?

                    --dining at some Cape Cod traditional places...

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                    Impudent Oyster
                    15 Chatham Bars Ave, Chatham, MA 02633

                    1. re: coweepooh
                      CapeCodGuy Feb 16, 2011 02:39 PM

                      Unfortunately I think you are coming to the realization (based on your other threads) that most of your queries are closed for the season. Clearly, you're excited and done your research, but such is the reality in a seasonal destination mid winter. Impudent Oyster is good for lunch or dinner. I don't think it will blow you away but is about the best you will find in February in Chatham. You can get decent fried seafood and casual fare at Chatham Squire., a drinking institution downtown. For really good fried seefood you could go to Sir Crickets in Orleans or my favorite, Marathon Seafood in Dennis. Both are Cape Cod clam shack type joints and open now. The Cape has a few excellent sushi restaurants with the best being Inaho (fancy) in Yarmouthport, Asia in Mashpee, and Misaki in Hyannis. The chef's special bento at lunch at Misaki is IMO the best value anywhere on the Cape. Asia also does a nice job in "almost" authentic Chinese where you can get crispy whole fish for instance. They also have Japanese and Korean fare and do it surprisingly well. It's a bit of a trek from Chatham, however.

                      You can get a decent, albeit expensive, lobster roll at the Tavern at Chatham Bars Inn itself. The breakfasts at Hangar B at Chatham Airport can't be beat. I love the ricotta pankcakes.

                      For a really special night out this time of year,one of the best places is The Regatta in Cotuit. Again a ride fro Chatham but very special fare in an old Captain's home.

                      Good luck and welcome to the Cape!

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                      Impudent Oyster
                      15 Chatham Bars Ave, Chatham, MA 02633

                      Chatham Bars Inn
                      297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA 02633

                      Marathon Seafood Restaurant
                      231 Main St, West Dennis, MA 02670

                      1. re: CapeCodGuy
                        phelana Feb 16, 2011 02:58 PM

                        --places to see or museums/spots to visit

                        ***Cape Museum of Natural History

                        --need to have lobster roll, right?

                        ***Liam McGuire's (far away in Falmouth) is the only place I know of open now that has good lobster roll reviews. Of course Sesuit Cafe is closed. I have no idea on this one..

                        --best seafood

                        **I defer to others..not sure where to send you this time of year ...the word "best" being the operative word

                        --best local favorites in Chatham or around

                        ^^^The Squire is fun for chowder and Guinness. What about Vinings Bistro for dinner or Del Mar? Some love Mahoneys..I did not...this is so tough...Seafood..wow...I will read what others chime in with...

                        ^^^^Some other ideas..What about driving up to Wellfleet to PB Boulangerie for French pastries, coffee or hot chocolate (the best in the world)...then lunch at Ross's Grill? I also love Jimmy's Hideaway for dinner.. I am heading to P Town this weekend..

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                          CapeCodGuy Feb 16, 2011 03:07 PM

                          Some good mentions there. I meant to mention my mid and upper Cape bias as that's where I hail from. PTown should be a must visit I think. Ross' Grill is closed. Not sure of Jimmy's. I do know the Mews is open so that would be a good fancy night out. Worth checking out Blackfish in Truro or some of the Welfleet options as well. While in Ptown, be sure to drive out to Race Point and see the dunes and beaches at Cape's end.

                          PB Boulangerie is a super rec. I didn't care for Mahoney's in Orlean at all. A better choice, in my mind, is The Beacon Room. Quite good and priced equally. Another Cape "institution" for drinks and maybe a cup of Kale soup or chowdah is Land Ho in Orleans. Chocolate Sparrow has wonderful sweets. And Hole in One does a nice b'fast and handmade donuts.

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                          Ross' Grill
                          237 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

                          Beacon Room
                          23 West Rd, Orleans, MA 02653

                          Land Ho Restaurant
                          RR 6 Box A, Orleans, MA 02653

                          1. re: CapeCodGuy
                            phelana Feb 16, 2011 03:23 PM

                            I just read on Jimmy's website they are closed..darn...Beacon Room is worth the 20 min. ride for sure.

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                          coweepooh Feb 18, 2011 06:59 AM

                          ohhhh thanks!!! btw where do "locals" in Cape Cod eat with so many of the restaurants closed?

                          BTW I was going to check out Hanger B but its already closed too =(

                          1. re: coweepooh
                            CapeCodGuy Feb 18, 2011 10:18 AM

                            Cowee, there are over 400 restaurants on the Cape and a little less than half close for the winter, so there are MANY to choose from. You've some good recs in this thread alone. BTW, I noticed on a "Best-of-cape-cod" web site that CBI has a terrific lobster roll, albeit at $26.

                            How many places can you realistically try in a long weekend? If it were me, I'd have 1 lunch and 1 breakfast at the resort. Another lunch at Chatham Squire. A dinner at Impudent Oyster. My special night out would be either Lyric in Yarmouthport, or Regatta in Cotuit. And lastly,grab a bite in your travels either in Orleans, Welfleet, or Ptown. Good luck!

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                              dinerfan Feb 18, 2011 12:23 PM

                              But do stop at the Squire for lunch one day. Good chowder and fried clams, and great t-shirts and local color, right there on main street, next to the Mayflower where you can get the nyc and boston papers and all the touristy kitch you want (lobster egg bubble gum, anyone?)

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                                phelana Feb 18, 2011 01:07 PM

                                After the Squire pop across the street for some fudge for dessert...

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                                  dinerfan Feb 18, 2011 01:42 PM

                                  And pebbles! Ah, Candy Manor.

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                                coweepooh Feb 18, 2011 02:05 PM

                                that is true hahaha...and if i get an asian craving...would Asia in Mashpee be the best place or is there somewhere else you'd recommend

                                i usually don't do places that serve chinese and japanese and korean etc but i didnt think id be picky here haha

                                (didn't want anything fancy/pricey for asian...like inaho)

                                1. re: coweepooh
                                  CapeCodGuy Feb 18, 2011 03:03 PM

                                  Depends. Chinese food on the Cape is pretty pedestrian Americanized fare. Much of it is downright awful even at that. Asia dioes a surprisingly good job with all three cuisines. Their sushi is exceptional. The whole crispy fish, when available, is also terrific and an usual dish locally. That said, it's a good 45 minute to one hour drive from Chatham so it may not suit you this trip. If it's just sushi you seek, try Misaki in Hyannis. If you like Thai, there are several good choices in Hyannis. There is a terrific and very authentic Vietnamese Restaurant in Yarmouth called Thuan Loi Restaurant . They do a wonderful Pho chicken or beef. You can search for these here or on Google for more info.

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                                  Thuan Loi Restaurant
                                  1300 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664

                      2. re: coweepooh
                        Science Chick Feb 17, 2011 10:31 AM

                        Most of your choices are good ones, but mostly all closed for the season. Chillingsworth in Brewster is open, and is very good (high end though, if you want that).

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                        Chillingsworth
                        2449 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

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