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. (www.seafoodsams.com)
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. (www.thebeachcomber.com)
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 (www.thesquire.com)
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 (www.sundaeschool.com)
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