I am glad I posted here before wandering down to Dennis this weekend; the trip was a success!
Lunch: Kreme N' Kone (Route 28, Dennisport,MA)
My companion & I both had the clam strip roll.
Portions- huge. Service- counter; prompt & accurate. Seating- busy bench/tables, but quick turn-over. Parking- Crowded, but available. Price- $7.50ish for a clam strip roll. The food was worth it. But, I will admit to being turned off initially by the "high" prices. I guess I wish the prices were more shack-like ($5ish). I think in the future, we will split an order. But, the portions and quality are well-worth the $7.50. Food- The clam strips were spot-on! Not greasy, not over-cooked, not over-battered...as is common with at least 90% of the clam strips I have had in the past. The roll was not a new england hot dog bun, but I think it was better this way. I can't remember if the roll was buttered (I was too busy chowing on the clam strips!) These may very well be the best clam strips on the planet. I'd love to try the fried scallops.
Then we checked-in to the Barnacle Motel(I'd try to find a different one next time), went to the Chatham Light Beach, then on the way back to Dennis for the ball game, we stopped for ice cream.
Ice Cream: Sundae School (606 Main St., Route 28
Harwich Port, MA)4:45p SAT
He: Creme de Menthe Chip Me: Passion Fruit Sorbet
Portions- good. Service- counter, friendly. Seating- inside or outside. Parking- huge lot, empty when we arrived. Price- $2.50ish for the small cup/cone. Good value. Food- Delish. I've had some good ice cream in my time and this ranks up there with the best of them. (Christina's, Kimball's, for the Boston-metro places)The passion fruit sorbet was smoothe (not icy) and was flavorful. It reminded me of some sorbet that I had at a sugar plantation fruit stand in Australia. That good.
After the game, we went back to the motel to get cleaned up, then headed down to Chatham again for dinner.
Dinner: The Impudent Oyster (15 Chatham Bars Ave. Chatham, MA 508.945.3545. reservations recommended)8:30p SAT
He: Chicken & Shrimp Carmine Me: Barbequed Tuna
Portions- generous. Service- attentive. Seating- table for two is a little small; busy but seated immediately w/ an 8:30 reservation. Parking- yes. Price- $20-$25ish for entrees. $9-10 appetizers. Good value.
Food- This was a superlative dining experience. The restaurant is popular and the high-cielings make the dimly lit room rather loud, but the mood was comfortable and jovial. A roomful of people enjoying a nice summer night on the cape. We both only ordered entrees, but the appetizers, sounded, um appetizing. Raw Bar, oysters rockefeller, mussles (that a man at the table next to ours was oohing and aahing about: "these are probably the best mussles I will ever have in my life" he proclaimed as the waiter was clearing the table.), and more that I can't recall. The wine list looked pretty good. We were driving, so no drinks. It even had grappa, which is not often on menus. Bread was brought out hot and herbed. It was better than average. My companion order a house salad, which was crisp and the balsamic vinagrette was good, likely made with "better" balsamic judging from the complexity of flavors. The entrees came out without delay. The barbequed Tuna steak was prepared medium-rare and marinated in a very interesting citrus-based sauce. It was a wonderful compliment to the fish. Spicy Orange Sauce, but the flavor and texture of the tuna came through without difficulty. I think I would have liked it to come off the grill half a minute earlier. The baked potato was right.
My companion was very satisfied with his entree (and he is sometimes easy to disappoint). It was a memorable meal. Often, tourist area restaurants can fall short, but everything was honest about this place. We didn't take a look at the dessert menu, so no word there. I would definitely want to come back for another meal here. There were too many entrees that I would have liked to try.
After walking around a bit, we decided to have more ice cream.
More Ice Cream: Emack & Bolio's (Rear of Town Hall Parking Lot off Main Street in Chatham,MA)10:00p SAT
He: Kalhua Fudge Yogourt Me: Key Lime Pie Yogourt
Portions- big. Service- counter, friendly. Seating- limited, outside. Bathrooms- No. Parking- some. Price- $2.50ish for the small cup/cone. Good value. Food- Yumm. This was pretty good yogurt. The Key Lime Pie yogurt had bumps of graham cracker "crust", which was fun. It was the pale yellow key lime pie should be. It was a little bit too sweet, which made finishing the cone (ordered a small, but piled high by an over-zealous scooper)a bit difficult. My companion says his yogourt was a good effort. The kalhua part was good, but the fudge part was okay. He admits that it just may not be possible to make a really good chocolate frozen yogourt.
So, there's my long-winded report. Thanks for all your suggestions. I will be taking a trip in a few months down to Truro & Ptown (we decided not to spend our saturday driving too much, especially in my un-airconditioned '87 saab.) so I will keep your other advice for the next outing.