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Wellfleet weekend report

NSDishGal | Jun 28, 2009 06:29 AM

Last we spent last weekend in Wellfleet and ended up eating out more often than usual, so I thought I'd pass along the experience.

We had wanted to try Terra Luna in Truro on Friday night, but due to traffic we arrived late and they had no tables available, so we ended up going to The Wicked Oyster in Wellfleet. We have been there several times for breakfast (they have excellent corned beef hash) but had never been for dinner. We had cocktails (well made, respectable) at the bar and decided to eat where we were, ordering the half dozen oysters, which were somewhat small but very tasty, and a special with seared scallops served with a risotto cake and greens. The scallops were delicious, but the risotto cake was rather dry and flavorless. We then shared an order of shrimp and chips which was quite good. The shrimp were large and juicy and the breading extremely light and crisp, as were the fries. The atmosphere there is always laid back and welcoming and the bar was chatty and fun, just right for a Friday night nosh.

The next day we were up early and out for a hike along the National Seashore and in the Provincelands, so worked up an appetite for lunch and drove over to Farland Provisions in Provincetown for sandwiches. I love Farland; they have that quirky country store vibe, selling everything from gorgeous baked goods to accompany your morning coffee, excellent sandwiches and salads, fresh produce, gourmet comestibles and a variety of wines and beers. (While you can eat there, they only have a license to sell alcohol, not serve, so you can't partake of that beer or wine on the premises.) We sampled a vegetarian option with marinated grilled veggies and also a "Ryder"; pastrami, Swiss and Dijon mustard, which has to be the best pastrami sandwich I have had in ages. Beautiful lean flavorful meat, sliced extremely thin with just the right amount of cheese. Serious yum. The meal was finished off by a portion of chocolate bread pudding with vanilla creme anglaise, which was enjoyable, but not fabulous.

After another long hike we ended the day by meeting a friend at the restaurant of his choice, Catch of the Day on Rt 6 in Wellfleet. A small casual storefront type of place, it is owned by the same people that run Van Rensselaer's down the road but has a very different vibe. This was the second time we've eaten there and both times had terrific meals. Chef Jason Kew and his crew turn out simple fresh seafood dishes that are hard to beat. This visit we tried the shrimp and scallop scampi special which was delicious and the grilled swordfish with cilantro-lime aioli. The swordfish was incredibly tender and moist and the aioli tasty enough to make me want to duplicate it at home. A slice of key lime pie for dessert was overkill, but oh-so-good.

Sunday morning was overcast and drizzly, so we had a late start and ended up heading into Provincetown again, this time to hit up The Mews for brunch. It was lovely and cozy sipping those big cups of coffee by the windows on the beach looking out over the misty harbor. Torn between sweet and savory, we chose both to share; the french toast with fresh fruit and the smoked salmon eggs benedict on a croissant. While the french toast was light and fluffy, it was almost too light-—missing that eggy richness you'd expect. The bendict was really excellent, herby and tangy, I'd certainly order again. The Mews offers a variety of over 200 vodkas so of course we had to accompany the meal with one of their Bloody Marys. I chose the Danish Mary, made with Akvavit and caraway seeds which was spicy and a good complement to the eggs.

We are heading back to Wellfleet in August and will try to hit up Terra Luna then. Also, have heard interesting things about the new Wellfleet restaurant Pearl, which recently opened. May have to check them out as well. Feel free to pass along any suggestions!

Mews Restaurant & Cafe
429 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657

Wicked Oyster
50 Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Far Land Provisions
150 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA

Catch of the Day Seafood Market
975 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA

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