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Mid Sept trip to Hyannis

walker Aug 20, 2012 03:12 PM

Picking up a car in Boston and driving to hotel in Hyannis -- should we have dinner at Arnold's in Eastham? I wanted to try Sesuit Cafe in E. Dennis they won't be open for dinner that time of year.

Next night dinner in Hyannis: Dragon Lite or Palio Pizzeria? (We'll be eating lobster in Maine for the next 5 days so will avoid seafood this night.)

On Natucket: something casual -- should we got to Something Natural or Provisions?

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    walker Oct 1, 2012 01:28 PM

    Thanks for all your advice .. did the great walk on Sconset and then found the walk to Something Natural too long, went to Provisions and they were closed already. Had some mediocre sandwich from Walter's.

    Tried the eggrolls from Tiki Port and they didn't do me, other things ordered were awful, soggy, tasteless. Almost no one was eating there but service was lousy, no one cleared the table so we had to go to cashier to get bill. Awful music, too. Wish we'd gone to Barone. I don't know how they stay in business.

    1. CapeCodGuy Aug 20, 2012 04:11 PM

      Are you sure Sesuit Cafe is closed mid-Sept.? It very well may be, but I'd call to be sure. Arnolds is in Eastham and a good one hour drive. Not worth the ride if you ask me. You could do Marathon in West Dennis or(My favorite) or Kreme and Kone in Dennisport and get the same, or better fried seafood if that's what you are looking for.

      Dragon Lite is okay, but nothing special. Any reason you want Americanized Chinese food? If so, try Golden Fountain on W. Main St. in Hyannis instead. Palio's is a decent pizza joint but nothing more. Good pizza, a nice bar, and a full Italian menu is available at Columbo's just down the Street. There are many other choices on Main Street in Hyannis unless you have your heart set on Chinese or pizza, which you can get just about anywhere in the country.

      43 Replies
      1. re: CapeCodGuy
        walker Aug 20, 2012 04:33 PM

        I called Sesuit and they are open mid Sept .. just not at dinnertime (that's what they think right now, I can always call again). Do you like Sesuit? Isn't Arnolds just 1/2 hr from Hyannis?

        I did this trip 3 years ago and had a very mediocre dinner at Swan River in Dennisport.

        As a child, I lived in Woods Hole; I'm pretty hazy about towns on the Cape. Is Dennis closer to Hyannis than Eastham?

        I admit it, I was very fond of Americanized Chinese food in Boston when I was a child. Loved the Chinese food in Michigan before I moved to San Francisco. Only thing I really like here is the dim sum. I'd read some bad reviews on Golden Fountain.

        I just want some food that is delicious and reasonable (the prior 4 days will be in expensive NYC). Last time in Hyannis, ate at Fazio's and was not thrilled, very salty food.

        1. re: walker
          CapeCodGuy Aug 20, 2012 05:12 PM

          Sesuit is excellent and has the benefit of byob and a great waterfront setting on the jetty to the harbor. Eastham is 45 minutes without traffic from Hyannis. It's on the way to PTown on the other side of Orleans. Google map it and you will see. Swan River is not a place generally recommended so no surprise there. Dennis is two towns away from Hyannis. Yarmouth is between the two. Golden fountain is a small strip mall place so it sometimes gets no love, but the food is much better than Dragon Lite. That said, I can't imagine spending only a few nights on the Cape and opting for pizza or Chinese when there are so many other decent choices. Especially since there are so many better choices for both in NYC and its a great option to keep your food costs down while in the city.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy
            phelana Aug 20, 2012 05:21 PM

            What about Slip 14 in Nantucket? I had two amazing lunches there last year......waterview at the end of the bar, great menu, fun chill vibe. Hyannis has so many options. Why not try Bistrot de Soleil or Chef Toby's new place where the Roo Bar used to be..586 Bistro. I have yet to try both but will when I am back to the US.

            Duff from Ace of Cakes swears by the stuffed oysters at Marshland in Sandwich. I don't eat bacon so have not tried them. Might be a fun visit?

            1. re: phelana
              cape year rounder Sep 3, 2012 02:10 PM

              I will second the Marshland recommendation -- they get the New England basic menu right, and the atmosphere is 100% Cape

              1. re: cape year rounder
                CapeCodGuy Sep 3, 2012 06:27 PM

                I doubt you and phelana are talking about the same place. She 's talking about the Marshland in Sandwich on 6A, a small diner-esque spot with a tiny bakery attached. No one would classify the atmosphere as 100% Cape.

                I believe you are talking about the Marshside in East Dennis that went under a mega million $$$ renovation a few years back and lost all sense of being a chowish spot. The room is quite lovely but blah to yuck on the food, IMO. I'll steal your line from another thread as it's very apropos here....Tragic waste of a great setting.

            2. re: CapeCodGuy
              bagelman01 Aug 20, 2012 05:32 PM

              i read Walker's post and explanation and I understand why he wants Boston style old school Americanized Chinese.
              I grew up in CT, but we always had a home on the Cape. I went to Law School in MA, as well. I love Boston style Chinses Lobster Sauce (dark brown, thick and full of minced pork and garlic), something I can't even get in CT. I get Americanised Chinese that is sinilar to that sold in NY. The Chinese style foods sold in San Francisco are very different than what you can get on the Cape and I understand why Walker wants some of this comfort food.

              As for Pizza, I'm a New Haven snob and would say why bother? But Walker says he'll get his seafood fix in Maine.
              I'd have Chinese one of the two nights and opt for Brazilian the second. Really good Brazilian is available on the Cape.
              I agree wioth you about Golden Fountain being much better than Dragon Lite.

              1. re: bagelman01
                walker Aug 20, 2012 05:56 PM

                One thing I can't find in SF are good egg rolls. (I don't even know if I'll find them in NYC - was going to try Chinatown Brasserie and they've closed. Meyer & Chang in Boston won't be open at the right time for me, on a Sunday.

                My mother was from Meriden, CT and once my uncle brought home a pizza from his cousin Sal's place in New Haven (was it Sally's?) My Italian relatives only ate plain cheese pizzas, no other toppings. That was the very BEST smelling/tasting pizza I have ever had. I've really wanted to take a detour and try Pepe's .. maybe on another trip, not enough time on this one.

                I'm willing to drive out of Hyannis that night (when we come back from Nantucket) for good food -- any other Chinese better than Dragon Lite and Golden Fountain?

                Do you like Arnold's for the first night?

                I'm a "she", last name is walker.

                1. re: walker
                  CapeCodGuy Aug 20, 2012 06:15 PM

                  There is the Tiki Port in Hyannis for classic grungy Tiki kitsch Chinese food that you may be looking for. Sometimes a bit greasy and heavy for my liking, but hands down the best egg rolls anywhere by a wide margin. Order a couple of headhunters in the fake coconut shell glasses and a Tiki Pu Pu platter with the flaming pot in the middle and all your nostalgic needs will be met. The fried rice will be of the rich and dark brown variety (as is the lobster sauce) that is unique to the Boston area as mentioned by bagelman.

                  Again, there's no need to go all the way to Arnold's in Eastham for good fried clams and seafood. It can take an hour depending where you are in Hyannis. The food is better at Marathon in Dennis and as good at Kreme and Kone, both in Dennis and only a 20 minute drive or so from Hyannis.

                  Where in Hyannis are you staying btw?

                  1. re: CapeCodGuy
                    FriedClamFanatic Aug 20, 2012 06:21 PM

                    I don't know what made me just think of this..............but...I assume Mildred's Chowder House by the airport road is long since gone. Too bad. A cup of chowder and a burger there were heaven

                    1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                      CapeCodGuy Aug 20, 2012 06:36 PM

                      lol....yes, Mildred's was razed and remains a vacant lot for the past 10 years or so.

                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic
                        dennisl Aug 20, 2012 06:50 PM

                        Tried the stuffed quoahogs at Marshland in Sandwich last summer, I found them bready and greasy.
                        I agree with Tiki Port as a kitschy place, American Chinese but not too horrible. Can be fun with a big, shared drink.
                        I have to go with bagelman01, as a fellow Connecticut resident, I have a hard time eating pizza elsewhere. I haven't tried Columbo's, Palio's is decent, for the Cape ;)
                        I haven't been to Nantucket yet this year, going in a week, but I also had a lovely lunch at Slip 14. Black Eyed Susan's and Centre Street Bistro (BYOB) are reasonable for Nantucket, and pretty good. Something Natural is great to get a picnic for the beach.

                        1. re: dennisl
                          foleyd7 Aug 21, 2012 04:36 AM

                          CT resident here too, and for years and years I have failed to find great pizza on the Cape. I've had Palios and Columbos - - - both decent - - - but nothing that I crave or miss when I’m back in CT.
                          But Hyannis now has a destination pizza place for me - - - something I plan for each visit - - - Pizza Barbone.

                          The mozzerella, the ricottoa, the house made sausage, the light red sauce, the crust, the char (from the 900+ degree wood fired oven). The quality of ingredients (and cooking technique) are unparalleled by any other pizza place I've been on Cape Cod.

                          I've been twice in the last month (and counting) and it is the best, authentic Neapolitan pizza I've had on the Cape. Now I'm actually telling people I can't wait to get back to Cape Cod for the pizza!!


                          1. re: foleyd7
                            walker Aug 21, 2012 01:46 PM

                            Looks great .. some reviews complained of small portions.

                            1. re: foleyd7
                              CapeCodGuy Aug 22, 2012 08:14 AM

                              foleyd...you owe it to yourself to try Bistro 586 Main now that the former head chef of Pain D'Avignon, Chef Toby Hill, is manning their 900 degree wood fired oven. I had a delicious clam pizza there recently and it exceeded my hopes for a fresh quality pizza. Charred crust, freshly shucked chopped cherrystones, garlic, evoo, and fresh oregano was delicious and a worthy competitor to Barbone's IMHO. Plus its a nice room with the added benefit of a full menu and full bar as well.

                      2. re: walker
                        bagelman01 Aug 21, 2012 04:55 AM

                        Biggest problem in finding good egg rolls is that many (most?) Chinese-American restaurants either buy them pre made and frozen or buy the wrappers and the premade vegetable mix.
                        I always ask if they make their own egg rolls and stuiffing in house. If not, I pass. A good egg roll MUSt be the old fashioned style with bits of bright red colored roast pork inside, not just cabbage and celery. Pointed end to the flap--egg roll, flap cut off straight across--shrimp roll.

                        1. re: bagelman01
                          phelana Aug 21, 2012 05:05 AM

                          I am a regular at Golden Fountain. I have often seen Nantucket residents on the mainland go there for take out and bring it home. It was that good. BUT someone told me there are new owners. I was there in June for lunch and it was fine but the short little lady has not been around. I will head back in Sept. to try it after work one day. I have a client who loves to dine there and would if I agreed, weekly. Once a month is a enough. I don't eat pork so cannot comment on their eggrolls recently but in the past, they were so so. I love the veggie spring rolls at Bangkok Cuisines (various locations).

                          1. re: bagelman01
                            CapeCodGuy Aug 21, 2012 05:34 AM

                            Tiki Port makes their own. They haven't changed the recipe in 30 years and are exactly as you describe with LOADS of bits of bright red pork inside. No other eggroll on the Cape is like it and it's the one thing I like there that is far better than at Golden Fountain.

                            1. re: CapeCodGuy
                              bagelman01 Aug 21, 2012 10:32 AM

                              A plate of egg rolls and lots of rum drinks with little paper umbrellas at Tiki Port = great Tapas.

                              1. re: bagelman01
                                walker Aug 21, 2012 12:33 PM

                                You're making me think I should try those eggrolls BUT my traveling companion does not eat pork .. are there any eggrolls w/out pork?

                                I'm thinking I should just practice and practice until I can make great ones.

                                1. re: walker
                                  CapeCodGuy Aug 21, 2012 01:00 PM

                                  They also do veggie spring rolls and the egg rolls are only 2 to an order so you could scarf down both yourself!

                                  1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                    walker Aug 21, 2012 01:47 PM

                                    are spring rolls like Vietnamese, not fried?

                                    1. re: walker
                                      Foodie_BBQ Aug 21, 2012 07:20 PM

                                      Nope. Not sure if this is true at every Boston/Americanized Chinese place, but egg rolls typically refer to pork or shrimp mixed in and spring rolls refer to veggie only. Both are fried rice paper "egg rolls" and look similar (although spring rolls are sometimes a bit smaller).

                                      Vietnamese Spring Rolls are the uncooked rice wrapper with veggies and shrimp (or other filling) inside. Someone else may know the Vietnamese name for them.

                                      1. re: Foodie_BBQ
                                        CapeCodGuy Aug 22, 2012 04:24 AM

                                        The wrappers on the egg rolls at Tiki Port are quite different than the rice paper wrapper on the spring rolls. The Egg Roll wrappers are thicker and coarser in texture, and fry up to a darker brown. I'm not sure of the ingredient used in an egg roll wrapper, but am pretty sure the spring rolls use rice paper as you describe.

                                        1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                          bagelman01 Aug 22, 2012 06:35 AM

                                          Egg rolls such as these are made using Won Ton skins which asre wheat flour based. Spring rolls are usually made with thin brittle rice paper

                                    2. re: CapeCodGuy
                                      walker Aug 21, 2012 01:48 PM

                                      If you're ever in San Francisco, the Imperial Rolls from Slated Door are excellent (and pricey!).

                                    3. re: walker
                                      bagelman01 Aug 21, 2012 02:35 PM

                                      They make vegetable egg rolls aswell as their standard (with pork) egg rolls

                                      Menu: http://www.tikiport.com/tikiPortDinne...

                              2. re: walker
                                JenJeninCT Aug 22, 2012 04:41 AM

                                As long as your first night is a Friday or Sat, you should be ok with Arnold's. They are only open on the weekends on the shoulder, and close for the season usually Columbus Day weekend. If you are going for fried fare, you can't go wrong with their Fisherman's platter, as long as you have 2-3 people to feed, it is way too much for 1. I prefer theirs vs other local clam- shacky places, because it literally has everything you could hope for- shrimp, sea scallops, clams- whole bellies and strips, calamari, fish and oysters (and of course, fries).

                                1. re: JenJeninCT
                                  CapeCodGuy Aug 22, 2012 06:15 AM

                                  Friendly Fisherman's Platter is exactly as you describe as well plus pieces of haddock or cod, for around $36. Feed 2-3 with left overs.

                                  1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                    ciclista Aug 23, 2012 10:34 AM

                                    Are you just on Nantucket for the day? Lunch only? As you probably know, Something Natural and Provisions are both sandwich take-out places, albeit with tables you can sit at. If that's all you want, they both do good sandwiches. Otherwise I too like Slip 14. Two new places are Seadog and Met on Main. I haven't been to either yet. I avoid town like the plague in summer.

                                    1. re: ciclista
                                      walker Aug 23, 2012 01:32 PM

                                      Just for the day; I read about a nice walk; one is Sanford Farm, the other is Sconset Bluff walk. Know these?

                                      If you had to choose one of these sandwich places, which one?

                                    2. re: CapeCodGuy
                                      JenJeninCT Aug 23, 2012 02:14 PM

                                      No oysters( much more important to me personally than shrimp) at FF, unfortunately- our place is walking distance from there(and Arnold's), so we are frequent customers. And Arnold's does include fish on their platter as well. We spread the love around- FF for fish and chips(more for DH than myself), scallop rolls and cold lobster rolls, and Arnold's for raw bar, Fisherman's platter and hot lobster rolls.

                                      1. re: JenJeninCT
                                        walker Aug 23, 2012 03:07 PM

                                        I just called Arnold's and discovered they will only be open weekends after Labor Day so I'll try to make it there the Sunday I drive down from Boston.

                                    3. re: JenJeninCT
                                      walker Aug 23, 2012 03:18 PM

                                      Somehow, I don't see a Fisherman's Platter on Arnold's on line menu.

                                      1. re: walker
                                        CapeCodGuy Aug 23, 2012 03:25 PM

                                        Look at the pdf version of their menu instead and you'll see it.

                                        Fried Seafood
                                        Platter 25.99
                                        Big enough for two! Whole belly
                                        clams, oysters, calamari, shrimp,
                                        scallops and codfish

                                        I'm still perplexed why you want to drive another two hours (1 hour each to and from) when you're staying in Hyannis for fried seafood. There are many other worthy alternatives that are much closer.

                                        1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                          walker Aug 23, 2012 04:02 PM

                                          I just thought I'd hit it on the drive down from Boston, before we ck in to the motel, which is about a block or so walk from the ferry.

                                          1. re: walker
                                            CapeCodGuy Aug 23, 2012 05:29 PM

                                            I suggest you look at Google Maps and plug in Eastham, MA. where Arnold's is located. You will see that coming from Boston you will drive past Hyannis and then have to continue to drive 30 miles more to Arnolds (about 45 minutes with no traffic) You will then have a 30 mile return trip to your motel.

                                            1. re: CapeCodGuy
                                              ciclista Aug 24, 2012 09:24 PM

                                              Re: Nantucket. Sconset Bluff walk is beautiful. You get to see all of the unique little houses of Codfish Park that are nestled cheek-by-jowl in the cutest village ever. But that "walk" is over in 10-15 minutes. Sanford Farm is miles of "groomed" trails, and a true walk. You really commit to a walk once you start. You can be iin there for an hour or two. They are two very different experiences. Sanford Farm is on the Madaket Road and has a parking lot.

                                              1. re: ciclista
                                                walker Aug 25, 2012 03:20 AM

                                                After getting off the ferry, can't I walk to each of these walks? I won't have a car.

                                                1. re: walker
                                                  dennisl Aug 25, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                  Sconset is almost 8 miles from Nantucket town. Even biking it's quite a bit of a distance (my husband and I did it last summer.)
                                                  Walking through town and to Jettie's beach is a nice walk, very pretty.

                                                  1. re: dennisl
                                                    ciclista Aug 25, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                    Right in the heart of downtown Nantucket is the Greenhound bus station for the local WAVE buses. They leave every 20 or 30 minutes. $2 to Sconset. Piece of cake. You should do it. It's so worth it. Also from Greenhound you can catch the Madaket bus and get off at Sanford Farm ($1). And just grab another us back to town when ready. In Sconset you can do the walk, have lunch at Claudette's or Chanticleer (glamour lunch). Claudette's has great takeout. Check out the Beach Bar at the Summer House, but have lunch at your own risk. Gorgeous spot that is a train wreck. I want to love it do much, but it's a mismanaged mess. Then spend the day at the beach.

                                                    1. re: ciclista
                                                      JenJeninCT Aug 25, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                      What a great reply- I think we might take a day trip during our September trip to the Cape. We have bikes at our place in Eastham- better to bring them on the ferry or bus/walk it?

                                                      1. re: JenJeninCT
                                                        ciclista Aug 25, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                        Bring your bikes. The WAVE buses have bike racks on the front. Maybe you can ride to Sconset and bus it back (or the reverse).

                                                        1. re: ciclista
                                                          dennisl Aug 25, 2012 03:42 PM

                                                          Ciclista- embarrassing, but I have never seen (or used) the bus on ACK, never knew it existed! Thank you.

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                            walker Aug 20, 2012 03:18 PM

                            Oh yes, any recs for great stuffed quahogs?

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