Cape Cod - Grocery shopping/farm stands/speciality stores etc.
Hi all , we are heading to the Cape next week – Hyannis area and wanted to get some feedback on where everyone gets their produce, bread, meat from.
Our rental starts at Saturday - so we are heading to the Cape early (to avoid traffic) from Montreal. Looking for a good place to eat lunch, pick up groceries before heading up to Truro.
This is our first visit to the Cape and need some advice on places to visit and good affordable restaurants and good beaches for the kids.
Thank you for your help.
I recommend that you go to the beach at Cahoon Hollow in Wellfleet. The highlight will be happy hour at the Beachcomber. As far as groceries are concerned, there are small markets everywhere on the Cape.
Do you mean the the Farmstand in the little mall at Rte 6 and Corn Hill Rd? They have good veggies and sell a variety of Pain D'Avignon bread. PB Boulangerie wait is often 30 minutes. I would avoid the Box Lunch place there- it's a mini chain of overpriced beach food. A little farther along Rte 6 towards Ptown on the left is Savory and Sweet. Cash only but great prices for the Cape and a big selection of baked goods, sandwiches, coffee and really interesting flavors of ice cream. Getting a pizza there at dinner time can take up to 1 hour so get pizza at Montano's across Rte 6 in Truro.
Can’t tell you much about the Hyannis area, but there’s practically nothing in Truro—you’ll need to either stop in Wellfleet or continue out to Provincetown. I’ll second the recommendation for the little farm stand just outside Truro Center, but avoid the little grocery store, Jams, whose prices are astronomical. The Truro outlet of Macs seafood is very good and they now carry a limited selection of meat. Wellfleet Marketplace in Wellfleet Center isn’t bad for groceries (they also carry beer and wine, which isn’t always the case in Massachusetts), but for seafood I prefer Hatch’s. On the way to Truro, there’s a Stop & Shop (supermarket) just off the rotary in Orleans which has reasonably priced groceries. There’s a nice little spot for lunch, the Orleans Inn, across the street. Ask to be seated on the deck.
But do check the Southern New England Board, which is where the moderators will probably be moving this thread soon.
Enjoy your trip!
Are you staying in Hyannis or Truro? I am a little confused. I hope Truro as personally, I feel the beaches and dining options are amazing vs Hyannis.
Truro area eats
Blackfish - dinner/ Truro
Savory and Sweet Escape- ice cream/ T
Atlantic Spice - Spices/T
PB Boulangerie - pastries/ Wellfleet
Beachcomber - lunch views beach/W
Mac Shack- sushi/ W
Pearl - raw bar views fun vibe/W
Ross's Grill - lunch / P Town
Aquabar is a fun vibe in P Town you can order raw bar or Poutine in the little mall area and eat at Aquabar on the deck (get drinks at Aquabar) - kid friendly
The best supermarket on the Cape for price, freshness, selection and quality is Mark Basket in Sagamore. Just take the first exit once you cross the Sagamore Bridge over the canal. There's a Trader Joe's in Hyannis for interesting and inexpensive groceries. There's a Farmer's Market on Main Streeet Hyannis on Wednesday afternoons. On the way to Truro there's a nice farm stand just past the rotary on Rte 6 in Orleans on the left. MAc's Seafood in Welfleet has a good fish market as does Friendly Fisherman in Eastham. All the beaches are great for kids.
On route 6 in Truro there is a small shopping center with a farm stand, liquor store and Cape Tip Seafood.
Cape Tip's website lists the address as #300 Route 6.
And, if you love bread and baked goods you should stop in Wellfleet at BP Boulangerie. Excellent french bread, croissant, cookies and pastries.
I second CapeCodGuy's recommendation of Market Basket. We finally made it over there last weekend and lobsters were $3.99/lb! If you are interested in having lobsters while your here and don't mind steaming them yourself (not sure if they offer them steamed up for you, but you could inquire) they were great and we enjoyed them all weekend. They have a great selection of produce and the prices are probably the best on the Cape. Since it's on your way anyway, I'd stop.
Yes, they will steam them free of charge. But I'd rather do it myself as they are cold anyway by the time you get them home. Plus, they end up overcooked as they continue to cook after they are put in the bag and while you travel home. Easy enough to do your self. About 8-9 minutes in heavily salted water does the trick. They are soft shells so you want to cook them the day you get them. If you don't plan on eating them right away, I like to plunge them into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.