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Chowing on the Cape

Andy T. | Sep 4, 2002 02:08 PM

Just returned from a week long vacation on the cape. Here are a few chow notes.

Seafood Sams - Harwichport and a couple of other locations. (
We ordered a seafood platter for two and received a huge mound of very good fried clams, very sweet scallops, OK fried shrimp, some fried fish, french fries, onion rings, and rice pilaf. An excellent deal for about $18.

Beachcomber - Wellfleet Cahoon Hollow beach. (
Love this place. Excellent little necks and pretty good oysters for this time of year. Plus Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap. The little necks were a bargain at $1 each. The fried clams are just OK. They have a nice crisp coating, but the bellies were very small and they lacked that from the ocean taste. Plus there were a lot more french fries than clams on the platter. A tuna sandwich was good.

PJ's - Rt 6 Wellfleet
Excellent fried clams and good lobster rolls. Even the french fries were good. Their clam chowder is also very good. A thin stock with good clam taste and a good clam to potato ratio.

Brazilian Grill - Hyannis
Churrascaria style restaurant similair to Midwest Grill in Cambridge. But a much better buffet - more variety. A great deal at $15. This is the place to go for a red meat fix on the cape.

Chatham Squire - Chatham (
I've had many beer on the bar side of this place but had never ventured over to the restaurant side. They have a very extensive menu. Plus they print a specials menu everyday. There were three of us. One ordered the Cioppino $15. A large bowl filled with mussels, clams, scallops, fish in a spicy broth. Very tasty. One ordered Tuna steak $20. Served rare as ordered. I didn't taste it, but was told it was good. Seemed to be a good size for the price. It also came with some Japanese style sides. I had Halibut $22. It came with two sauces - a lemon beurre blanc and a creamy lobster sauce. Very tasty. It was only accompanied by a side of rice pilaf. So I also ordered a side of swiss chard cook with tomatoes, garlic and bacon. That was very good. Overall a very good meal.

Cape Sea Grille - Harwichport
Our one somewhat fancy meal. We started with a mesclun salad and a heirloom tomato with fresh mozzarella salad. The mesclun salad was good and plentiful. For $9 the heirloom tomato with fresh mozzarella salad was rather small. But it tasted good. For entrees were got pan seared scallops and a fresh pasta dish with scallops and lobster. Both cost around $23. The scallops in both dishes were very large and very sweet and fresh. I thought the pasta was a little too thick and chewy. The bread they serve is excellent. They buy it from a bakery in Hyannis which our server did not know the name of.

Sundae School - Dennisport and other locations (
Very good sundaes. Served in glass bowls. I especially like how they use local fruit when it's in season and real whipped cream. The Dennisport location is very retro.

Schoolhouse Ice Cream - Harwichport
Good, but not as good as Sundae School. Deduct points for plastic bowls and spoons. The whipped cream was sour. I don't know if it was going bad or if it didn;t have enough sugar in it.

Portuguese Bakery - Provincetown
Excellent Portuguese sweet bread. And the other baked goods looked really good.

Stopped at a deli on the road to Race Point beach. I didn't catch the name, but we bought a couple of sandwiches and they were very good. Boar's Head meats generously portioned and good bread.

Cabot's Fudge - Provincetown
Good fudge. Especially liked the El Caliante (sp?). Chocolate fudge with hot pepper and cinnamon.

Shuckers - Woods Hole
The only truly bad experience all week. Very slow service. The table next to us got up and left without saying a word when the hot sandwiches they ordered came out cold. We ordered little necks, oysters, and lobster rolls. The little necks and oysters were not very good. The oysters looked a little dried out as if they had been sitting for a while after being shucked. The lobster rolls could have been good. There was a generous amount of lobster with large chunks of meat, but it had way too much mayo and from the amount of moisture in it, it was probably at least a day old. The rolls weren't toasted and got very soggy. It took almost 1 1/2 hours for this simple lunch.

Harwichport Grille - Harwichport
A good cheap basic breakfast

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