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Provincetown Trip Report Aug 19-22, 2012

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meghann Aug 30, 2012 08:23 AM

We're just back from a great 2 weeks in Boston and P-Town and thought I'd stop by to let you know what we ate. I did a lot of research beforehand so thanks everyone for your contributions to this board!

Bubala's - went here when we first arrived as we were starving and hot and wanted a cold beer. Cold beer was provided, as was a decent fish taco and my boyfriend had a burger (I didn't try it, he said it was OK but it didn't look great). Fries were good. I might go back for a casual meal because I'm a sucker for eating outdoors.

Blondie's Burgers - after a hard day of relaxing at the beach my boyfriend absolutely needed a hot dog so we walked down Commercial St. until we found one. He devoured his dog and the fries were delicious. At $26 for 2 hot dogs, fries and 2 drinks I'm not sure I'd go back.

Victor's - had a great meal here and loved the space. We had fries with chili aioli, blood orange and tequila grilled shrimp, calimari, mini meatballs, and chipotle pulled pork sliders. No complaints about anything, but the shrimp and pork sliders were definitely standouts. The calimari portion was HUGE and despite our best efforts we couldn't finish it. We shared a piece of red velvet cake for dessert that hit the spot nicely. Our server was friendly and attentive and I enjoyed a nice lemon drop before we moved on to wine. Place was very busy on a Sunday night and we were glad we had reservations.

Napi's - this isn't the type of place I'd normally choose but the website is so strange I couldn't resist. I was pleased to see the building is just as strange as the website. Our server here was excellent, very friendly, funny, and helpful. Definitely a standout for us. I started with Chinese dumplings, and had the special which was a portuguese seafood platter with mussels, clams, half lobster, and cod in a tomatoey broth. I enjoyed my meal though the dumplings tasted a bit like there was peanut butter in the sauce (my boyfriend is allergic) so I was paranoid about contamination, but we had no issues. Could have just been the sesame seeds tricking me. I do love PB though so I enjoyed the dish :) Boyfriend had a cup of the Portuguese soup which he loved and some sort of Mexican type chicken dish (he wasn't very hungry).

The Red Inn - This place was BUSY when we arrived for our 7:45 reservation. There were dozens of people milling around outside waiting for a table - once again we were glad we had a reservation! We were seated right away and were very happy to see they saved a window table for us. The view was stunning. Dining room was very handsome. Our server was professional but very inattentive - he simply had too many tables and the service suffered greatly for it. I should also mention we were served the wrong bottle of wine (a rose when we ordered a white) but since there was no chance of flagging a waiter down and the rose tasted good, we rolled with it. I'm normally disgusted at the prospect of seafood and cheese together but I couldn't resist the lobster fondue and I loved it but it is a LOT of food. Should probably be shared as an app or maybe moved to the entree section of the menu. I did manage to eat most of it, though I probably shouldn't have. To compensate for such a rich entree I ordered the scallops with orzo and citrus beurre blanc for my entree which was very nice. My boyfriend had oysters en brochette for his app and the smoked duck with savory bread pudding for his entree. We were both blown away by how good the duck was. It was a highlight of our entire trip for sure. Oysters were tasty as well (hard to go wrong with fried seafood!). After all that rose I can't exactly remember if we had dessert or not but I suspect maybe we shared a creme brulee. What can I say? We were on vacation!

Seems like on the Cape there are many bad restaurants so I'm very happy to report that the meals we had there stood up to what we ate in Boston and we'd gladly return to any of these places!

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  1. dinaofdoom RE: meghann Sep 7, 2012 11:10 AM

    thanks for the post, meghann.

    we'll be in ptown from 09/21 to 09/27, and i'm hoping that the dining scene won't be as crowded and crazy now that it's post labor day.

    wanted a memorable, leisurely dinner for the last night, hopefully with a view. sounds like the red inn may fit the bill.

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      phelana RE: dinaofdoom Sep 7, 2012 06:52 PM

      Dina, the Cape is much quieter now..welcome soon..

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        dinaofdoom RE: phelana Sep 8, 2012 12:10 AM

        i am looking forward to it! that, and the cooler weather. it was 104 in austin today.
        i'm from MA, and when i was growing up, we always spent summers on the cape.
        it's been too long since i've been back.
        can't wait to eat some local seafood!

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