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Just got back from Provincetown


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Just got back from Provincetown

MB fka MB | Jul 24, 2006 03:03 PM

Clem and Ursie's? WAAAAAY overrated. Born and raised on the upper Cape, I decided to try the buttered lobster roll (rather than lobster salad). It was so atrociously bad I had to send it back. Really. Old dried out meat that tasted FISHY! Bad, bad, bad. Fries were soggy and tasted of an old batch of oil. Kale soup was only decent. The only decent dish: steamers were great and tasted super fresh. The other highlight was good service (certainly beyond my expectations for such a place).

Lobster Pot. Average. Reminds me of all the 'eh' places along the Cape. A couple of dishes done well, and the rest just, well, eh. You really need to know what to order (locals had sent us there). Dinner one night we tried the oysters rockefeller (good), clams casino (not at all worth it, poor balance of flavors, a bit dried out, clams were tiny). The 'award winning' clam chowder may be the worst I've ever had in a restaurant. Barely any clams at all, it really was a potato chowder. Two of us had the pan-sauteed or roasted lobster that comes split with a butter-based sauce. Great flavors, I quite liked this dish, though wouldn't go back for it. Friend had a lobster pasta dish and complained that the lobster flavor was overwhelmed by the other ingredients.

We did go back a second time for the oysters rockefeller (not the best I've had, but a tasty rendition nonetheless) and also tried the blackened tuna sashimi. The tuna was good, not a ton of flavor, but the sauces (a wasabi and a beurre blanc) were a nice touch. Served with shredded carrot and daikon that had clearly been exposed to air for far too long. These two dishes and a couple of beers may be the way to go.

The Portuguese Bakery. One of the grill men was making an egg sandwich. I told him I wanted 'one of those' (it was for him). Fried egg, a super flavorful, salty piece of ham, white american cheese on a soft Portuguese bulkie roll. He adds a slice of tomato for his version. Mmmmm.

Bubala's. Two visits. Lobster salad roll is a decent value. Toasted hot dog roll, a handful of fries, for about $11. GREAT service at the bar (Mya, IIRC) and a good bloody mary. Second visit we had the steamers, nicely done with a bit of garlic and parsley (perhaps a whisper of white wine?). We also tried the fried calamari which were cooked perfectly, well seasoned batter, light and not at all greasy. Fresh oil. The aoili is a bit too much like ranch dressing and a different dipping sauce would have been far better. We preferred the calamari plain with lots of lemon. Ended up with hot buttered lobster rolls instead of lobster salad. Disappointing until we added mayo and a bit of onion. Service on the second visit was rather poor, our only bad service experience during our entire visit. This place is essentially just bar and grill/pub food, but the quality seemed pretty good.

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