As a native Bostonian and recent resident of=n the north side of Chicago, and a big appreciator of holdouts, I went to the Cape Cod Room for a cocktail and appetizers the other night. I'm planning to go back to have a real dinner, when my friends who would like that place can join me.
I went mainly to check the place out. It seems like a really great setting. With red leather oyster bar stools, a marble oyster bar, IHOP-style dinner chairs, virtually everything you would want. :)
It fits the image of a "Cape Cod" style interior, which I think is something someone just conjured up one day and the world followed. That's what's great about it. It's like going to a classic old "Polynesian-Chinese" restaurant with no windows that serves pu-pu platters. But it seems few appreciate the elegance the Cape Cod Room has, as a setting.
I'm very glad it's still around and I hope it stays. Especially, I'd like them to get rid of the "new" page of the menu and concentrate on making the classic dishes really well. The only real thing I tried on this visit was the bookbinder's (red snapper) soup. I like it when a restaurant has a signature dish, even if it isn't mind-blowingly hedonistic and good. I'd be interested to try the Lobster Thermador which reminds me of 1950s menus.
The menu did seem strikingly expensive but in line with other old restaurants with similar menus. Are there any hidden gems on the menu anyone knows about?