After this lovely weekend, it's clear that summer is upon us, and I think it's up to us as year-rounders and others familiar with Cape Cod dining to lay out our recommendations.
I continue to recommend Bleu at Mashpee Commons. Chef Frederic Feufeu is, um, fabulous! Oh, and his food is great, too...
Others have said they don't like the Barnstable Tavern, but I think Chef Bob Calderone cooks simple food perfectly. Do NOT miss his appetizer course take on Italian arrancini rice balls, crispy, delicately fried and served with an excellent red sauce on a bed of greens. So good, I want to look over my shoulder and lick the plate.
My favorite towney place is Stir Crazy on MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne, serving Cambodian specialties in a strange quasi-Yankee setting that used to be the western Cape branch of Mildred's. They're open for lunch on Fridays only, and if you stop by on your way to the ferry, you'll find yourself crowded shoulder to shoulder with contractors, seniors, and other Upper Cape residents. I've also heard great things about the latest reincarnation of the Kettle Ho here in Cotuit, but I haven't been there myself. I guess I remember it as a place for the bar crowd, but I've been told that is no longer the case.