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P-town: the OK, the bad, and the ugly

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P-town: the OK, the bad, and the ugly

bachslunch | Jun 25, 2007 04:35 PM

Mrs. B and I hit Provincetown recently, which was lots of fun. We also ate at three places, which were as the title says OK, bad, and ugly.

At the Lobster Pot, a popular seafood place with a long history at that location, started off with lobster bisque (good, if not high-end, with decent cream and lobster flavor and some shreds of meat) and clam chowder (very thick and of its kind pretty good, generous with potato chunks and clam pieces). Decent salad (real greens, not iceberg) with a caddy of four dressings; the waitress's suggestion to mix the creamy garlic and sesame was the best option, as all were pretty average by themselves. Bread basket had pedestrian white rolls and yummy pumpkin bread squares. Shared a lobster ravioli (kind of leaden in Parmesan cream sauce), clam cake (pretty good, with respectable breading to seafood ratio and OK seafood flavor), and sole Rockefeller (very nice, with fresh sole wrapped around a stuffing full of spinach, Parmesan, and shallots -- all of which melded enjoyably into something more than the sum of its parts -- and topped with an OK Hollandaise).

At a little crepe place called The Outer Crepe, got coffee (bitter and lousy, probably sitting around a while) and a Quebecois crepe (nice wheat-style thin pancake, so-so syrup -- probably not the real thing -- and fresh bananas) which proved an odd combo. I'd say lose the bananas and try another fruit.

Also went to another spot that's likely a long time P-town fixture, The Mayflower. The prices were generally right and the service was passably friendly, but that's much of what worked there. Steamed clams were good, clean with nice flavor, though about four of them had smashed shells and were not to be trusted for freshness. Portuguese soup was actually not bad, nice meat stock with sausage, kale, beans, and potatoes. Lobster roll had mealy meat -- lousy and not worth the money. And a Portuguese cod dish was a disaster, a decent piece of white flaky fish drowned in a tomato based sauce loaded with cumin and vinegar; strong competing flavors with a nasty sour aftertaste -- sent it back and waitress removed it from the bill.

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