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Cape Cod July 2017 Summary

mangorita | Jul 26, 201703:20 PM

I live just south of Boston with my family and we venture to the Cape each summer. It's my husband and I plus my 2 sons who are 3 & 7 and they aren't the most adventurous of eaters. This year, we stayed in Harwich for 2 weeks and dined out quite a bit.

Here's the novel-length run down of where we ate in roughly the order we visited them:

-Lunch at Red's in Harwich: the kids and I were looking for a late lunch after we'd settled in to the house. They wanted pizza. We ordered a cheese pizza (which my 7 year old enjoyed), meatballs (which the 3 year old gobbled down) and I had their Thanksgiving sandwich (turkey, cranberry, lettuce, mayo and stuffing on ciabatta
Food: Good Kid Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

- Dinner at Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans: My husband, the kids, and I went here for our first dinner on the Cape this summer. We ordered a special ceviche appetizer which was my favorite part of my meal there. Very brightly flavored. My older son and my husband had pizza (again). I tried some of the pizza and it was pretty good but not amongst the best I've had. My younger son had the Kraft Mac & Cheese, which was pretty much what you'd expect. :) I ordered the Crispy Fried Dayboat Scallop Platter which was quite good. I like the addition of the fried cherry peppers.
Food: Good Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

-Breakfast at Ruggie's in Harwich: we ate breakfast here a couple of times. Friendly, casual place with a good variety on their menu. Kids enjoyed the pancakes. They made omelettes in the method that my picky-about-omelettes husband didn't like (contents wrapped in an egg-wrapper vs embedded in the egg).
Food: Good Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Snacks/Bread from Pain D'Avignon in Hyannis: picked up a loaf of bread and some croissants for the beach house. As always, impressed with the breads here.
Food: Great Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Ice Cream at Sundae School in Dennisport and Harwich: I have fond memories of the Dennisport location from when I was a kid. In my opinion, the Dennisport location has a better atmosphere but the crowds/parking here can get CRAZY at times. Harwich is more of a sure bet of getting parking whenever you want. :) I always get the Hot Fudge Sundae.
Food: Great Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Lunch at Cooke's Seafood in Hyannis
Good as always. Excellent fried clams.
Food: Great Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: yes

Lunch at Siena at Mashpee Commons: let my husband pick where he wanted to eat in the middle of our day of shopping and of the restaurants at Mashpee Commons, this was his pick. I got a "power salad" which was ok, it was mostly farro and I would've like some greens. My husband got a chicken panini and the sons once again went the pizza and meatballs route. Pizza and meatballs weren't their favorite. My husband enjoyed his sandwich.
Food: Fair Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: probably not

Lunch at Kream n' Kone in Dennis: my mom & I tool the kids here (at their request based on a memory from last year). The kids split a chicken tenders plate (chicken tenders were pretty good). My mom and I split a lobster roll and a small order of whole belly fried clams. As always, good seafood.
Food: Good Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: yes

Breakfast at Spoon & Seed in Hyannis: went here with my mom & the kids. I really enjoyed my breakfast of smoked salmon on a house-made everything bagel. My sons were so-so about their pancakes and my younger son strongly disliked his breakfast sausage patty. My mom got the corned beef hash and thought it was just okay. So, overall, it was hit & miss for us.
Food: Mixed Reviews Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Maybe

Dinner at the Talkative Pig in S. Chatham
The kids got cheese pizza (again) and loved it. Their favorite pizza of the trip so far. The adults shared the arancini (very good!) and a margaherita pizza (delicious).
Food: Good Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Dinner at Swan River Seafood Restaurant in Dennis
Another place I remember visiting as a kid though it has had a complete renovation since I was a kid.
I ordered a striped bass special which ended up having a bit too much going on for me (wild mushroom risotto, ratatouille, and lemon thyme cream sauce). The flavors just didn't quite meld right for me. My mother got the baked scallops which she enjoyed. My husband got the cioppino which he thought was pretty good. Kids: 1 got the hot dog, which he ignored in favor of the fries and my other son got the grilled cheese and did a pretty good job on it. Kids had fun here since the table was covered with paper which they drew all over.
Food: Mixed Reviews Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: Maybe (perhaps better to stick with simple straightforward classic seafood dishes)

Dinner at Ember in Harwich
We had heard a couple of recommendations for this place (from the owners of the house we rented and one other person) and it always seemed packed when we drove by, so we decided to give it a try...I mean it's pizza and my kids are all about pizza. UGH! We did not enjoy it at all. The pizza oven is coal fired and the pizza just tasted off to me. We ordered a plain cheese pizza and a chicken pesto pizza. Not one of us in our party enjoyed it.
Food: No Thanks Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: No

Take out from Thai Ocha in Dennis
My husband was sad that the Kebab place that was previously in the space occupied by Thai Ocha has closed. BUT, he was impressed with the food he got from Thai Ocha. I was sick that day so didn't partake in the Thai food.

Food: Good Would we go back: yes

Breakfast at Wee Packet in Dennis
Cute place (though they don't have an AC). I loved the housemade corned beef hash!
Food: good Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Dinner at Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis
We make sure to visit Sesuit Harbor Cafe each year and the crowds seem to get bigger and bigger each year. Fried seafood was excellent as always. Kids enjoyed their grilled cheese and fries. Views and the entertainment of watching the boats go by are always appreciated.
Food: Excellent Kid Friendly: Yes Would we go back: yes

Breakfast at Grumpy's in Dennis
My mom loves this place. There's always a line out the door waiting to get in. A large menu of breakfast dishes. Good, humble breakfast food.
Food: Good Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: yes

Dinner at Pizza Barbone in Hyannis
This was definitely one of the places where my kids chowed down with abandon. My older son pretty much inhaled his cheese pizza and my younger son did the same with the meatballs. The adults split a salad and a special eggplant pizza.
Food: Excellent Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Breakfast at Hangar B
Another favorite of ours. We've gone here for years. This visit didn't disappoint. Elevated breakfast fare served in the interesting setting of the Chatham airport.
Food: Excellent Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Treats from Marions Pie Shop in Chatham
Our first time stopping here, though we've been meaning to for years. We went with a small blueberry pie, a small chocolate cream pie, a hermit cookie and a chocolate chip cookie. All good stuff!
Food: Good Kid-friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Breakfast at Keltic Kitchen in Yarmouth
Another place where there is always a bit of a wait. The serving sizes here are always a bit obscene so I feel bad re: the amount of food left on my plate at the end of my meal. I had the eggs florentine...not as good as the version of this dish from a place closer to home.
Kiddo loved the sausage.
Food: Good Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Dinner at Scargo Cafe in Yarmouth
Probably the "fanciest" place we ate on this trip. Restaurant has mini Etch-a-Sketches in the waiting area which helps to distract the kids. The little guy gobbled down the kid's menu mac & cheese like it was the best thing he ever ate. My older one did okay with his grilled cheese. This was the third time I've eaten here. Something about the menu here doesn't speak to me. I feel like I spend too long trying to decide what I want to eat and not like I need to narrow down from a few items I really want to eat but more like I have a hard time finding one thing I really want to eat. :P I ended up with the Tuna Poke this time which was pretty good...nothing really wrong with it, but I wasn't wowed.
Food: good Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: yes

Lunch at Arnold's in Eastham
Excellent fried clams!
Food: excellent Kid-Friendly: Yes Would we go back: Yes

Dinner at Brazilian Grille in Hyannis
We've done brazilian BBQ a few times in Boston so figured we would check out this Cape option. Usually, at the buffet portion of these places, there are at least a few things my kids will at (rice, fresh fruit etc), but the only thing they would eat at this one were crackers and bread . Now granted, they are pretty picky. I feel this place didn't quite measure up to the ones we've been to closer to home.
Food: Okay Kid-friendly: depends on your kid Would we go back: Maybe

Red's NY Pizza & Bar,
Rock Harbor Grill,
Ruggie's Breakfast and Lunch,
Sundae School Ice Cream,
Sundae School,
Pain D'Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie,
Kream 'n Kone,
Spoon and Seed,
The Talkative Pig,
Swan River Seafood Restaurant,
Ember Coal Fire Pizza,
Thai Ocha Cafe,
Wee Packet,
Sesuit Harbor Cafe,
Pizza Barbone,
Hangar B Eatery,
Marion's Pie Shop,
Keltic Kitchen,
Scargo Cafe,
Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar,
Brazilian Grill
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