Duck Creeke Tavern (CLOSED)
70 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667
--- Winner, Best American (New) Restaurant in Boston Area, 2006 ---
The charming town of Wellfleet represents the old Cape Cod in many ways, as it has vast stretches of unspoiled beaches and woodlands, simple little motels that haven't changed much since the 1950s, and a delightful downtown off the main road (Route 6) that continues to resist overdevelopment and sprawl. And though Wellfleet is located on the outer Cape, just far enough away to keep many tourists from coming here, the town has an inordinate number of great restaurants, including a true hidden gem called the Duck Creeke Tavern.
Located just west of Route 6, and a few blocks east of the town center, the Duck Creeke Tavern is actually part of a quaint bed and breakfast called the Inn at Duck Creeke. Both the inn and the restaurant are housed in beautifully restored historic buildings that ooze charm and romance. And while the restaurant itself has a classy feel to it, the Duck Creeke Tavern is a pretty casual spot, with surprisingly reasonable prices for the quality of the food served here, which, in this writer's opinion, is about as good as any you will find on the Cape. From the incredible soups to the extraordinary Chatham Cod (cod crusted with raisins, cranberries, garlic, almonds, and coconut) to the delicious pasta pasta (marinated sliced chicken breast with olives, feta cheese, herbs, capers, and onions), this is the type of food that you will remember long after leaving Cape Cod.
No matter where you are on the Cape, the Duck Creeke Tavern should be considered as a top destination for dining. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic, the dining room often has live music, and the waitstaff couldn't be nicer. One note, however: The Duck Creeke Tavern is only open from May to October, so call ahead to make sure they are open. If they are, don't hesitate to head over to this wonderful restaurant that is located in one of the most attractive, unspoiled parts of the Cape.
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