First, thanks to the Cape Hounds who responded to my post "Outer Cape Questions" last week - the responses were very helpful!
Here's my report (YMMV), which in some cases expands beyond the Outer Cape.
PB Boulangerie, Wellfleet - the lines start even earlier than last year, it seems - getting there at 6:45am had me roughly 8th in line at opening, twice (Sunday and Friday). Croissants and pain au chocolat once again a hit. LOVED the apple tart "Normande."
Moonakis Cafe, East Falmouth - our crowd was, as usual, more than satisfied with the pancakes (esp. Lemon Poppyseed), Corned Beef Hash and other breakfast basics. Get there early or expect to wait.
Lunch and Dinner
Arnold's, Eastham - My wife found the Lobster a bit off, not as fresh as usual, but everything else was on target, so hopefully it was just one bad lobster. Onion rings very good as always. Oysters seemed fine to me, though I'm only a recent convert and no expert. We will be back, to be sure.
Mac's Shack, Wellfleet - Very good all-around experience, though not amazing or better than what you can get closer to Boston. I'm not above telling the family to be ready to eat at 5pm, so we didn't have to wait. Service was excellent, even with kids more fidgety than usual. Appetizer highlight was tempura pickles. Edamame and miso soup were helpful to get the kids something they liked. I had the hanger steak, it was good but not spectacular. Sashimi platter was good and fresh, though no better than what you can get at good Boston-area places. One of the better restaurants I've been to on the Cape, overall.
Patio, Provincetown - The look of the place screamed "they don't care about food quality," and we only ended up here because of the power tool noise at Lobster Pot (dealing with "emergency water damage repair"). But what a pleasant surprise! Lobster roll reported to be very fresh. Gazpacho a big pleaser. "Chop Chop Salad" a tasty and filling lunch. Rosemary potatoes a side dish that I anticipated would be perfunctory, but was quite good. Drinks are good, and they don't skimp on the pours (confirmed by a return visit to the bar later in the week). If you can sit at the bar, Flo and Thea are friendly and entertaining.
Seafood Shanty, Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard) - we ducked in at 11:45, tired from the drive to Woods Hole and the Ferry, and afraid we would have trouble getting into a better place for lunch. Definitely an overpriced tourist trap ($9 for edamame appetizer!!). Food was OK, not special, and service was good and accommodated kids. Not a disaster, but not my proudest hound moment.
Fairway, Eastham - It was a lazy choice but food was decent. Nice to have a place that's busy but not mobbed. Service was good. Chicken parm sub was solid. Fishermans platter decent as well. Kids well-treated. Not a revelation by any means, but if you're in the area with young kids, it's nice to have this as an option for once per week-long visit.
Mahoney’s Bar and Grill, Orleans – I had considered this an under-the-radar gem, but we had a sub-par lunch. Burger was flavorless. The wait from order-to-food was more than 30 minutes. Might consider going back but very disappointed (for once – we’ve been pleased there before).
Truro Vineyards - Lovely setting, obviously unique to the area. Nice shop and pavilion for tasting. Tastings ($8 for 5 healthy tastes and a souvenir glass) are scheduled and tightly managed. I didn't enjoy this aspect of it (I'm used to NoCal wineries), but it's understandable given the economics.
Ice Cream - plenty of local options. Nauset Ice Cream (on 6, next to Friendly Fisherman), Arnold's, Nut House (Provincetown) and Mad Martha's (Vineyard) all pleased. None particularly stood out but all pleased.
Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill
28 Main St, Orleans, MA 02653
Patio American Grill
328 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
3580 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
Fairway Restaurant & Pizzeria
4295 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
460 Waquoit Hwy, East Falmouth, MA 02536
7 N Water St, Edgartown, MA 02539
Nauset Ice Cream
4550 State Hwy, Eastham, MA 02642
PO Box 3450, Edgartown, MA 02539
PB Boulangerie Bistro
15 Lecount Hollow Rd, Wellfleet, MA 02667