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What's good in Provincetown

Heading there for the long weekend and haven't been in over two decades, Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Three of my faves: The Mews (fancy and among the best in town). Napi (amazing variety, very good food, service uneven at times), Karoo Kafe (totally unique and very tasty). I believe all are open now, at least for dinner. For just a lobster roll or something fried we recently discovered Townsend Lobster and Seafood Market. A bit less expensive than most other places, and very good. Their chowder rivals Home Port on MVI (my previous favorite). I think they all have web sites too

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    1. re: thos

      Oh, I have to disagree about Townsend's. I have found it to be dirty and overpriced.
      Try Vincent's and for a real treat go to Truro to Blackfish.

    2. Long weekend meaning Memorial Day?? On your way through Eastham, on Rte. 6 just past the light at the Brackett Road intersection, be sure to stop at the Friendly Fisherman for the best lobster roll on the Outer Cape. That will give you some breathing room to find your next culinary dream in P-town. I only go to P-town off-season. Try Front Street. I still love the Lobster Pot. Napi's is hit or miss. Mostly miss, in my experience.

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      1. re: nlgardener

        Been to Townsend's only once and is was sparkling, though you may have been there more often. Agree on Blackfish, but, like Friendly Fisherman, (also quite good) it isn't in P Town. Funny, I find Front Street hit or miss and way too noisy. Go figure. It holds itself out as fine dining too (Napi does not). Guess I just expect more from Front Street.

        1. re: thos

          I like Napi's alot, no misses for us in several visits and a huge varied menu ( and parking)
          Don't care for front st. either, noisy and meh.

          1. re: magiesmom

            To avoid confusion, and to reinforce suggestions I too can recommend Blackfish, Friendly Fisherman and Karoo Kafe. To add to the mix I would say Jimmy's Hideaway is very good and I cannot wait to try Victor's.

            1. re: magiesmom

              Agree about both Napi's a hit and Front St.- a miss. Went to Jimmy's Hideaway last summer and can't wait to go back. Our new favorite breakfast place is Chach at 73 Shank Painter Road.

              1. re: Berheenia

                I'll second Jimmy's Hideaway. Great!

        2. We are in the same situation. We are going with 2 other couples the second week of June. We haven't been to P'town in 20+ years. One couple made reservations at The Red Inn for dinner on Friday night. What can anyone tell me about it.

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          1. re: jcanino

            I haven't tried the Red Inn, but opinions I have heard run like 6-1 in favor, which is very good indeed. After you go come back and give us a short review- I would be very interested. Perhaps Capecodguy, phelana or ciclista has tried it. They've probably tried every place from Wood's Hole to Ptown- maybe they'll check in here.

            1. re: thos

              I've always had great meals at The Red Inn athough admittedly my last meal there was three years ago. In the six or so times I've eaten there the food was always prepared by a skilled hand using high quality ingredients. The menu isn't particularly inventive, but I've never left unsatisfied. The dining rooms are very nice and the waterfront setting spectacular. Service has always been friendly and professional. An added bonus, particularly for PTown, is they have an actual parking lot! Wouldn't hesitate sending anyone there looking for a special night out.

              I'll also second (or third) Ross' Grill and Napi's.

              I also have yet to try Victor's but I know I can't resist at least trying the Drag Brunch one Sunday this summer. Sounds like a blast.

          2. My husband and I were down there in April and had a great meal at Ross' Grill. It remains one of our enduring favorites. It is at the end of Whalers Wharf.


            Devon wasn't open for the season but the site says they open May 20th.

            Be sure to include one breakfast at Devon in your plans. Outstanding.


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            1. re: BostonZest

              Ross's Grill is a fav lunch spot of mine..very lively...Aqua Grille is a fun spot for raw bar and waterfront drinks

            2. For a snack I love the Portugese Bakery (that's what it's called) on C-Street. I dream about the linguisa and cheese croissant year round.

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              1. re: masha bousha

                masha, my mom loves the sliced Portuguese bread toasted..I buy a few loaves every time I visit..the malasadas are quite famous too...good rec.....

                1. re: phelana

                  Stopped by yesterday before birding Beech Forest for a malasada...so bad for you and sooooo good!

                  Commerical Street is a ghost town at 9 AM on an off-season Tuesday.

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy

                    Ross' Grille
                    Jimmy's Hideaway
                    Top of the Pot (at the Lobster Pot)

                    I want to try Ten Tables and Bubala's next time. My sister loves Napi's.

                    1. re: ciclista

                      We had lunch at Bubala's last year and had the best sandwich, Grilled Chicken Saltimbocca with prosciutto, fontina cheese & sundried tomato mayo. We had never noticed it had free parking and thought it was more of a bar scene than a restaurant but once we went in we loved it. I loved their fish tacos too- they were available fried or broiled,

                      1. re: ciclista

                        I'll be interested in your thoughts of Ten Tables. We were distinctly underwhelmed, but only there soon after opening last Spring.

                        1. re: magiesmom

                          the reviews of 10 Tables on Yelp are all over the chart but mostly down. I too wanted to try it but cannot risk a bad meal...maybe this year they will sort things out. My friend loves the JP location.

                      2. re: CapeCodGuy

                        The malasadas at Provincetown Portuguese Bakery are great when fresh, but save room for the rabanadas, yum!

                        Commercial Street is dead at 9 AM in high season, in off season you can hardly tell the difference.

                        Thanks for the recommendations, my Cape base of operations is moving from the Lower Cape to Outer Cape, since the beloved beach house is no longer in the family. Provincetown and Wellfleet updates are appreciated!

                  2. Out of all the places we dined, Karoo Kafe had the best food in the area. The staff was so friendly and the food was unique and fresh. Our secod favorite spot was the Mayflower, the best value for food and drinks in the area. I will admit, the atmosphere has not changed in thirty years but the food is fantastic!

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                    1. re: drewinmrblhd

                      The Mayflower? Wow. My wife went there with her family as a little girl, over 50 years ago! It was their one dinner out- a "splurge," if you will. She never went back, figuring it was too mundane. Maybe I'll surprise her this summer.

                    2. We were in P'Town this past weekend. I had inquired about The Red Inn since friends had made reservations for dinner there. I have to say that it was absolutely wonderful. There were two soups on the menu Friday night, the every day Lobster Corn Chowder and the soup of the day, Corn Chowder w/ jalapenos. The Lobster Corn was advertised as a bit spicy so we asked if they were the same soup but lobster added in their every day fare and were told no. We split ordering the two different soups. When they came out you could see that the one with lobster was darker in color. I had the plain Corn Chowder and it was delicious. On of my friends thought about ordering a second bowl of the Lobster Corn Chowder it was so good. For an entree, I had a double cut pork chop that was cooked medium well with a slight pink center. The chop had to be close to 3 inches thick and was cooked perfectly inside and out. It was very moist and delicious. It came with a side of Mac & Cheese in a crock and very think asparagus roasted to a slight crispness at the tips. My wife had the local caught Cod and thoroughly enjoyed it. The bill for 6 of us with 2 bottles of wine and a couple of drinks came to about $85 per person.

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                      1. re: jcanino

                        Jcanino, great review..wow..thanks...dying to go soon. We were in town Sunday and highly recommend Aqua Bar for drinks. You can purchase raw bar at Native Seafood or Poutine (french fries with gravy, OMG) and bring it up to the deck..stellar views..we had a blast. Killer Bloody Mary, BTW...I loved Victors..fancy dining inside. Harbour Lounge looked DIVINE for drinks with water views, hip vibe and amazing menu for drinks and...