We had some out of town guests descend on us this past weekend which gave us an opportunity to try some of the restaurants that are ramping up for the season. We stopped in at the Weatherdeck in West Harwich for lunch and sampled a variety of the fried seafood. The place is now owned by the same folks that own the Dennisport Kream'N'Kone that burned down earlier this year. The food, particularly my fried clams with the bellies, was outstanding. As has been noted on this board before, the onion rings are not the same as those at K and K, but are crisper and, to my taste, equally good. I chatted up the owner who was on duty and learned that they have lost the lease on the burned out property, but hope to open Kream'N'Kone at the former location of Anthony's at the intersection of Rts. 28 and 134 in Dennis before the summer is out.
Our next stop for a good meal was the Even Keel which is on the West Dennis side of the Bass River Bridge on Rt. 28. It shares the parking lot with a boat ramp and other businesses and, while it is a small place, has great water views. There were seven of us, so we really worked out way through the menu. People were quite pleased with the seafood dishes which were really fresh. The two meat eaters also liked their steak and shish kebob. The entrees are in the 15-20 dollar range with a couple (fish and chips, hamburger) cheaper. The wine list is small, but they had a couple of good Australian wines of which I am fond, so I was satisfied. The one dish which I felt was over priced was the baked stuffed lobster at $25. Service was friendly and informal. All in all a nice place that I can reccomend. We'll certainly go back.
The third place we ate was the Thai restaurant named Bangkok Cuisine which is in Patriot Square in South Dennis, right next to the movie theaters. This place is a real find for the lower Cape, with food that compares well with what I have had in some major cities. The menu is not huge, but all the basics and some chef specialties are there. This is another small place, but service is fast and helpful. My only gripes about the place are that they charge extra for rice and tea (how much is a tea bag and hot water setting them back?) and that they do not have a beer/wine license. You can, however, bring your own and there is a package store out on the main road as you turn in, right next to Hollywood Video. Despite my gripes the food was great and this is a year 'round place that deserves to be encouraged. We will be back.
Sorry for the long post, but I figured if I didn't bang it out all at once, I'd never get to it.