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planning South Yarmouth for 2013

fenway68 Oct 7, 2012 05:50 AM

Have been staying farther out the last several years, and have gotten to know Harwich/Chatam and Wellfleet dining spots quite well (thanks to all you fine folks!) the last several years...

This past summer's highlight was Blackfish in Truro followed by Mac's Seafood in Wellfleet, and happy hour raw bar at Pearl.

Sol was ok, but overpriced and WAAAY over attitude'd (if that's a word), the way the bartender rolled his eyes at his customers in a dismissive sort of way was uncomfortably observed even by our 4 top off to the side of the bar, then we were ignored for 20min or more after finishing, waiting for the check then another 20min for them to pick up my cash...Cash only, not sure why, we were prepared for that, but if that's part of the pretension, it just doesn't work!

So this year we are changing venues and looking to stay more up/mid cape Yarmouth area, and want to be sure we'll have some great dining options....

So I turn again to the great cape folks here (CCG et al) for some top spot recs...from casual/to breakfast/to sandwiches/to upscale/gastrobub/burgers etc, we'll hear it all and filter out our choices...

direct me to some already existing threads, as i have been lost looking for the good ones, i keep coming across some seemingly outdated ones.

Thanks in advance!

  1. CapeCodGuy Oct 7, 2012 12:46 PM

    LOl...I like your style...thinking ahead for good chow.

    I second Phelena's recs and would add:

    Fin- Dennis Village for dinner
    Lyric- Yarmouthport Dinner and Sun. brunch
    Inaho- Yarmouthport- great sushi and Japanese
    Alberto's - Hyannis- Al fresco dining available on Main St Hyannis- excellent Italian/American
    Colombo's Hyannis- Reasonably priced Italian and good pizza and deserts
    Embargo- Good Tapas and lively bar scene

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    1. re: CapeCodGuy
      fenway68 Oct 12, 2012 07:20 PM

      thanks CCG!!

      phelana thanks for your rec's..most of those we know of from our trips to harwich and chatham the last few years, and have enjoyed many of them in fact! but we were looking for places in and close to yarmouth...anything to add to CCG's recs???

      lloking forward to trying some of these!

      who has the good ice cream in yarmouthport??? We have a saying on our trips, that Cape Cod ice cream has no calories and therefore can be consumed nightly!

      1. re: fenway68
        phelana Oct 13, 2012 04:18 AM

        Ice Cream Smuggler in Dennis village is fairly close to Y'Port. That's the only homemade ice cream that comes to mind.

        1. re: phelana
          CapeCodGuy Oct 14, 2012 08:20 AM

          Smuggler is closest and best in the area. You could also drive across Cape to Sundae School in Dennisport. My favorite home made ice cream on the Cape. Good gelato can be had at Colombo's on Main St. in Hyannis. Exquisite (and very authentic) gelato can be found just off Main St. on PearI I believe at Caffè Gelato Bertini. Owned and operated by two women from Florence I think.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy
            phelana Oct 15, 2012 03:30 AM

            I love the Gelato place on Pearl in Hyannis. It was owned by a couple. She is American and I thought he was too but perhaps not. There is no seating inside and not really outside (two benches) so take your lovely treat and walk around Main St. I love supporting this business.


            1. re: phelana
              CapeCodGuy Oct 15, 2012 05:48 AM

              Thanks for the correction. I guess they apprenticed under sisters Alessandra and Susi Bertini of Florence. I misread that awhile back thinking it was those sisters who opened the shop. (especially considering the name of the shop)

              Either way, wonderful Gelato.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy
                kiki47 Oct 25, 2012 08:01 PM

                Is the chef/owner at Norabella previously at Il Maestro?

                1. re: kiki47
                  CapeCodGuy Oct 26, 2012 10:43 AM

                  Kiki, yes, he was previously the chef at Il Maestro.

    2. phelana Oct 7, 2012 10:49 AM

      Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse- Harwich amazing
      Del Mar- Chatham great
      Hangar B- Chatham breakfast/brunch
      Harvest Wine Bar- Dennis
      Mac's Shack- Wellfleet
      Sesuit Cafe- BYOB on the water clam shack - Dennis
      28 Atlantic - Harwich fine dining
      Ocean House - on the water- Dennisport
      3 Seasons - on the water for lunch - Dennisport

      These are as good as it gets IMHO

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      1. re: phelana
        foleyd7 Oct 8, 2012 05:08 AM

        Had a very below average meal at Buca this summer, so I wouldn't head back there.
        The rest of the list is spot on. Only additions I would make are Beaches Cafe (the breakfast spot run by Ocean House) and Norabella for best Italian on Cape.

        1. re: foleyd7
          CapeCodGuy Oct 8, 2012 05:32 AM

          I've heard similar comments about Buca's from others, yet phelena always declares it 'amazing'. Leads me to believe there may be a consistency issue there. I think when phelana mentions 3 Seasons she means Beaches Cafe, but good call by you both regardless. And you really need to try Osteria la Civetta in Falmouth before you declare anywhere the "best Italian" on the Cape. It will convert your thinking on the subject. I promise.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy
            foleyd7 Oct 8, 2012 09:25 AM

            Point taken on Falmouth. Haven't eaten in Falmouth in years and have never been to la Civetta. We are definitely intending to make a few Falmouth excursions next year, and that one is at the top of our list.

            1. re: foleyd7
              phelana Oct 8, 2012 01:34 PM

              Yes Beaches AT 3 Seasons..thanks for the corrrection. Foley, I am pretty much a fan of Buca's. Have been 5 times in 2012 and love love LOVE it...sorry your experience was not wonderful. I will say, Friday night was packed but our waitress kept up efficiently. ...just those darn measured carafe's for wine...so anal...

        2. re: phelana
          JeffroCGC Nov 12, 2012 07:51 AM

          I was at Mac's Shack this past summer. Very good food.

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