I'm make this brief - a week in early November on the Cape, here are some mini observations on the mostly inexpensive meals we had there. One note: the only fresh iced tea (not out of a machine) I was served during the entire week was purchased from a Wendy's drive through - be warned. Also, there's an epidemic of Stepford Seasoned Fries, probably off a Sysco truck, so don't expect fresh potatos.
1. Marion's Pie Shop on Rt. 28 in Chatham - yes, do believe the hype, makes excellent pies. The attention to detail shows even in the way they pack things. Hubby got a chicken pie, was given a cup of good gravy. He said it was one of the best meals of the trip. The rest of us had to settle for a cranberry peach praline pie, which was simply out of this world.
2. Captain Parkers, W Yarmouth (Rt 28 again). After all of the recommendations we received from folks about this place we arrived expecting great food, but were disappointed. The batter on the fish was Mrs. Paul's- like and much ballyhoo'd chowder was the thick gooey muck you find anywhere. Oh, and they were out of belly clams but had plenty of strips. A veggie burger was excellent, though. Go figure; something tells me that not too many people go there for that.
3. Captain Cricket's Fish and Chips: this little place in Orleans is either new or very well maintained; it sits next door to a fish market. I'm uncertain whether they are related, however the fish was fresh, the crunchy beer batter perfect, the chips were great (they even had malt vinegar). The only weird part about this place is that you have to buy soft drinks from a machine. They have a large combination platter that we saw most other diners order (and share), it was a massive portion. Prices are excellent, and the decor is charming.
4. British Beer Company, Hyannis: I didn't expect much here, either but my husband is still raving about the pot roast they served him. He says it was hands down the best meat dish he had all week. I was a bit put off by the cardboard taste of the salad, but other than that no real objections.
5. Sam Diegos, Hyannis: kid friendly Tex Mex but they only had one salsa, and it came in a bowl at the beginning, on taco salad, and with entree. It was chipotle flavored, and started to get a little annoying after awhile. Other than that, the food was fresh and well prepared but garden variety.
Hope this helps someone!