Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
For the second time in less then a week, I found myself on Route 6A, a scenic road that roughly follows the north side of Cape Cod along the bay. The first trip along the road included a stop at the always-impressive Grumpy's, a local breakfast and lunch place in East Dennis. This time, we drove one town further (Brewster), stopping at a restaurant called JT's Seafood for dinner. And while it was a much different place than Grumpy's, it seemed equally good, with some truly good seafood dishes at fairly reasonable prices.
JT's Seafood is one of a number of restaurants along Route 6A in Brewster, which really is a good destination spot for diners even though it is such a small town. Unlike some of the other dining spots, JT's has plenty of outdoor seating, including a mostly shaded area in the front and a covered deck in the back that nevertheless can get a good amount of sun late in the day. Inside is more seating, including tables and booths in a room to the left of the main entrance. Customers order food at the counter just beyond the entrance, then look for a table and wait for their number to be called. The overall feel of JT's is that of a family-friendly place where one might head to after a day at the beach. And it also feels like a bit of a throwback with its counter service and outdoor dining, fitting in well with the old-timey feel of Route 6A.
When we arrived at JT's Seafood, it was right in the heart of the dinner hour and we had to wait in line to order. But once we did, we immediately found a table on the back deck that was mostly in the sun, but dropped back into the shade after a short time. We started out with some clam chowder and a couple of local brews called Cape Cod Summer and Cape Cod Red, both of which were excellent craft beers (and are made not too far away, in Hyannis). The clam chowder was very good, with a decent amount of clams in it and a broth that was neither too thick nor too thin. Our meals soon came out and they were certainly impressive.--the fried clam plate wasn't exactly overloaded with clams, but it was all about quality over quantity, as they were absolutely delicious, while the mild, delicate-tasting baked cod was coated with breadcrumbs that seemed to have a Cajun-style flavor to them, and the cod itself was substantial and with almost no waste on it. I also had a side of rice pilaf which was mixed with dill, giving it a pleasantly earthy taste.
About the only negative I can say about JT's Seafood is that it is too far from Boston to go to on a regular basis. I typically get to the Cape only two or three times a year, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to get to JT's again. But I will certainly make an effort to get there, as it is a great spot to go to while enjoying a low-key drive along scenic Route 6A.
If you want the address for JT's Seafood, here it is: JT's Seafood, 2689 Main Street, Brewster, MA, 02631. Phone: (508) 896-3355.
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