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Restaurants & Bars 5

Wellfleet Report

bakerboyz | Aug 20, 2007 10:08 AM

Unfortunately, not a lot of good to report regarding dining/food but here goes:

Beachcomber: Fried Scallops, french fries and cole slaw; Scallops were very fresh, large and about 6-7 to the order; french fries, typical frozen variety; cole slaw very tasty;

BookStore Restaurant: long wait, average food; I got Baked Assorted Seafood (Scallops, Shrimp and Scrod with crumb topping); fresh but very little crumb topping; not memorable; 2 others got Sole with seafood stuffing and Shrimp with seafood stuffing (same seafood stuffing on each), very ordinary stuffing; 1 other got Shrimp Scampi on linguini, he said it was good but it didn't look too appetizing when he finished there was about an inch of oil/butter left on the bottom of the plate; appetizers: fried calamari (I liked this but although I like calamari it's becoming sort of like Chinese tastes the same everywhere) and crabcakes...just ok, too much breading;

Finely JP's: After reading sparkling reviews everywhere, Boston Globe, Chowhound, Zagat, etc, exected something special; 3 of the 4 diners were extremely disappointed; the one good thing I will say is that for the Cape, it is reasonably priced; we started out with a bread basket of warm french bread that was the equivalent of frozen Pepperidge Farm bread thrown in the oven; we split an appetizer called Oysters Bienville (baked oysters with garlic, mushrooms, wine, cream, parmesan cheese), this was tasty but nothing exceptional; two people got salads and proclaimed them ordinary; I got Grilled Scallops linguini with mushrooms and cream and my wife got Sauteed Shrimp cappellini with tomato and garlic; the sauces on each were very unmemorable and average, my wife's was particularly bland and watery (like when you don't drain your pasta too well before setting it on a plate); my friend got the "Special" Shrimp Ravioli, also said it wasn't very good and 2 ravioli's had no shrimp in them and when he complained on the way out the door, he was told by the bartender that the restaurant did not make the ravioli's only the sauce that they came in; my friend's girlfriend did like her linguini in red clam sauce; in addition to the average food, the service was extremely slow and when the waitress asked how the meal was, we did tell her that it wasn't very good but no one (mgr) responded at all.

Land Ho (Orleans): Wife and I split bowl of chowder and fish and chips; Excellent chowder (clam) and fish and chips were reasonable at $12.95 and appeared to be scrod, very good, not to big an order, though; fries, long and thin like McDonalds but were very good though luke warm.

Sam Cooks: New mostly take-out cafe in the plaza next to the new WHAT theatre; the lattes were good (it was real hard finding anyone who made lattes in Wellfleet); the croissants and cinnamon buns were also excellent. We did pick up a couple of take-out, prepared meals from their refrigerated section and these were not great (Stir fry Scallops and Stir Fry Pork). People who work there are very nice and friendly and I would have liked to try their prepared salads or their shish kebab roll ups but never did;

Friendly Fisherman: Highlight of the meals! Lobster Roll was outstanding; very large, no filler, barely a hint of mayo, excellent; fries, the frozen variety.

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