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Mid-Cape, Thnx CapeCodGuy


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Mid-Cape, Thnx CapeCodGuy

Steve Drucker | Jul 4, 2007 05:49 AM

What with the 'wiki-ness' of it all, sometimes its tough to find a voice to follow through the night.

So its with tremendous gratitude to CapeCodGuy--whose guidance proved invaluable--that I humbly report:

Fried Clams. Seven days, sometimes twice a day, offset mostly by slaw and onion rings, and fries when inescapable.
--Best: Sesuit Cafe, in the marina at Sesuit Harbor, Dennis. Also best onion rings, fries, cole slaw and water view; but cash only.
--All very damn good: Sir Cricket in Orleans--very good fish chowder too, Osterville Fish Too in Millray Marina in Barnstable--vg clam chowder too. Nickerson's Fish Mkt--Chatham Fish Pier.
--Just OK--Clem & Ursie's Provincetown.

Doh. Clams are no longer cheap.

Breakfast, Mid-Cape. Grumpy's-East Dennis. An excellent locally flavored classic diner. Go, eat home fries, linguica, sausage patties, eggs, homemade pancakes. Not so good--Keltic Kitchen... 'Home Fries' were tossed into old fryer oil whose reek preceded their arrival at the table by ten feet.

Oysters: The Oyster Company, Dennisport. Very nice people running a nice operation with great oyster happy hour and Sunday afternoon jazz.

Pizza: Palio's Hyannis. Exc thin crust (but not cracker crust) pizza.

Ice Cream: Cape Cod Creamery Ice Cream the hands down winner. Scooped at Osterville Fish Too and in one quart pkg at Petersen's Market in Dennis. Vg: Smuggler's Dennis. Ok: Sundae School Dennisport. Not ok: Kate's, Hyannis--nice staff but several tries yielded ice cream with a strong freezer taste. Need to return maybe a couple of weeks later to give it a fair shake.

Bread: Always, Pain d'Avignon out by Hyannis Airport.

Orleans Sat Farmers Market delivered wonderful Swiss Chard.

Many tries, but I totally failed at finding a retail fish market with anything other than filets on ice. Very frustrating as this made it impossible to accurately assess freshness...could not look at or sniff the gills, or check for overall stiffness. If I lived here, I'd buddy up to some day boats to get my fish, but as a visitor, its very tough.

Beer: Narranganset Amber Bock. Cheap--several bucks less than Sam Adams, excellent.

Thank you CapeCodGuy--great suggestions.

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