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Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2006

Friday, September 1, 2006

Weekend Eats at Several Cape Cod Restaurants

I finally made it to Cape Cod last weekend, and it was a great time as always. From wandering around Fort Hill in Eastham to buying lots of things at Tobey Farm in Dennis to photographing the sunset over Wellfleet Harbor, the cape was great from start to finish. And, of course, we did go to some excellent restaurants, too.

We started the trip by winding along the beautiful Route 6A through Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Dennis, where we stopped for lunch at Grumpy's, a terrific breakfast and lunch spot that is big with the locals. We have just reviewed Grumpy's, so click the link to read about it in more detail!

photo of Kate's Seafood, Brewster, Massachusetts After having split pea soup, macaroni and cheese, and a pastrami sandwich at Grumpy's, we wandered down to Chatham to hit the Chatham Candy Manor, which is one of my favorite candy and fudge shops in New England. The Chatham Candy Manor is a classic place, with well-worn floors, glass displays filled with all kinds of sweets, and friendly people behind the counters. I stocked up on lots of fudge, then we headed to the old whaling village of Yarmouth Port to check into our inn. Then it was back up Route 6A toward the outer cape, with a stop in Brewster for ice cream at Kate's Seafood, which is another place that is popular with the locals. Kate's has some of the best ice cream on Cape Cod (though I still like Four Seas in Centerville better). From what I hear, they also have great seafood dishes, but we were not quite ready for dinner--maybe next time. The clam fritters did look good, though!

We continued on Route 6A to Orleans, then took Route 6 to Eastham, where we stopped at First Encounter Beach. One of the few beaches in Massachusetts that faces west, it would have been an ideal place to watch the sun set, but it was much too early, so we continued to Wellfleet, which may be my favorite town on the cape. Wellfleet has the feel of an outpost, as it is off the main road and sits snug on a scenic harbor. We walked all over town, took pictures of the setting sun from a wooden bridge overlooking the water, then went to the Duck Creeke Tavern for dinner. You will soon read more about the Duck Creeke Tavern, as it will be featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants in a few weeks, but for now, all I need to say is, I had perhaps my best meal of 2006 there. We were still thinking about the meal as we drove around Truro afterwards before heading back to Yarmouth Port for the night.

photo of the Dan'l Webster Inn, Sandwich, Massachusetts On Sunday morning, we had a light breakfast at the place in which we were staying, then took a trip to beautiful Fort Hill in Eastham. Then we headed back along Route 6A, stopping in Sandwich for a satisfying lunch at the rustic tavern within the Daniel Webster Inn. I have been to the Daniel Webster Inn (or should I say, the Dan'l Webster Inn, which I believe is the correct spelling) several times, but this might have been my best meal there. We ordered the buffalo burger and the bacon and sweet potato pizza, both of which were fantastic. Now bacon and sweet potato may seem to be a strange combination, but it somehow worked, perhaps because it was a flatbread pizza.

Sadly, this was the end of our Cape Cod trip, as we only had the one night there. We finished our last meal of the trip while soaking in the historic atmosphere of the wonderful Daniel Webster Inn, then we headed over the bridge and back to Boston. I'm already thinking about my next trip to the cape; hopefully the Duck Creeke Tavern will be a part of it!

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MH said:
A featured review on the Duck Creeke Tavern in Wellfleet is now on Boston's Hidden Restaurants. You can read it by going to
Posted on 9/20/06
blackthundermoon said:
Have you had a chance to check out "Cup of The Bay" coffee and sandwiches?? They are located in Onset Center and in Wareham on Rt 28.
I prefer the Onset site (the original). They have all different types of coffees, lattes iced and hot, they make breakfast sandwiches on Portuguese English muffins (yummy) with all kinds of veggies you can add on and they also have a great wrap menu, reasonably priced and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Indoor and outdoor tables and sometimes on the weekends they have jazz bands :) worth a stop if in the area.
Posted on 5/22/09
MH said:
No, I haven't heard of the place. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll be on the lookout for it the next time I'm in Onset (probably late summer or early fall).
Posted on 5/22/09

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