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Provincetown Report (so far) ...

BK | Jul 13, 2005 05:47 PM

Well, I've been in P-Town since Saturday night, and so far I've had limited success with chow. I'm hoping that before we leave this Saturday, we'll find a few gems, so please chime in if you have any suggestions. Here's what we've had so far:

Clem & Ursie's: great place, though not as great as I'd remembered it to be. We had their terrific Fried Catfish Vinho Dahlos, a vinagery garlicky marinated catfish, and a special 2-lb lobster clambake, including cherrystone clams, linguica, corn on the cob and new potatoes in a tasty broth. All in all, a very tasty if somewhat pricy clam shack that we'll probably return to again.

Clem & Ursie's Lobster Something-or-other: same style menu, though much abbreviated and clearly designed for waterfront lunches. We had a respectable lobster salad wrap (though I regret that we didn't try the standard lobster roll) and a Greek Blackened Scallop Wrap (yum!). Again, very tasty if somewhat pricy.

Post Office Cafe: very nice breakfast. We had a very good Eggs Benedict and a nice combo including pancakes, eggs and linguica. Nice menu, lots of options, good quality, friendly service, makes me curious about dinner there.

Lobster Pot: what a shame. Places like this don't have to be bad, but our meal there sure was. Maybe we ordered too ambitiously. In fact, our steamers were pretty good, which reinforces the thought that maybe we should have ordered more simply. But then the lobster roll, simplicity in itself, was very disappointing. Untoasted roll was falling apart under the weight of a runny tuna-salad-style lobster salad, absent many if any chunks of lobster and absent much flavor. Perhaps worse was the pork and clams (whatever they call it there). The broth was cloyingly thick and sweet, like a canned tomato sauce reduced too far. The clams were tasty, and the linguica was okay, but the icing on this cake was the pork chop. Inedible. Cooked to death. Like a piece of leather. I knew it the moment I cut into it, and kept cutting, and cutting, and cutting. Such a shame.

That Portuguese Bakery: don't know its name, but everything looks great, the fried dough is crisp and sweet and greasy, and the breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheese and linguica on homemade rolls are great. I'll definitely go back to try one of their marinated pork sandwiches for lunch.

Fudge Factory: the Boston Globe claims this place has the best fudge on the cape. I wish I could have some of what they had. It's fine. Nothing special. The homemade peanut butter cups were mediocre, too. Good peanut butter. Lousy dark chocolate.

Lewis Brothers Ice Cream: good stuff. Not quite a Christina's or a J.P. Licks, but a very respectable summer ice cream stand kind of place. Good hot fudge, too.

So, that's it so far. I think we're going to give the Mews a shot for our "fancy" meal, and that South African place Karoo Kafe sounds too interesting not to try. Am I overlooking any great chow? Is there a great lobster roll somewhere?

:)
BK

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