CULINARY WRITER SARAH SHEMKUS DIGS INTO APPETIZERS, MAIN COURSES AND DESSERTS AT RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE CAPE. TURN THE PAGE TO SEE IF ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DISHES MADE THE LIST.by BY SARAH SHEMKUS
|Guacamole at Beech Tree Cantina:
Prepared tableside with two ripe avocados and your choice of fresh diced vegetables, including fresh tomatoes and cilantro served in a stone bowl. It’s so delicious, tasty and filling, you could make a meal out of this appetizer.
599 Main St., Hyannis, 508-534-9876
|Pig Candy at Quicks Hole Tavern:
One of the most popular appetizers on the menu and we can see why: house-smoked pork shoulder with a maple brown sugar glaze and an apple guava puree. A big winner! 29 Railroad Ave., Woods Hole, 508-495-0048
|Grilled Ceaser Salad at Bear in Boots Gastropub:
A giant wedge of romaine lettuce, grilled – yes, grilled – to bring out its sweetness and topped with housemade croutons and dressing.
285 Main St., Falmouth, 508-444-8511
|French Onion Soup at Pain d’Avignon:
The classic soup, executed perfectly with housemade bread, just the right amount of melted cheese and a rich, flavorful broth. 15 Hinckley Road, Hyannis, 508-778-8588
|Onion rings at All American Bar and Grill:
Forgo the fries and opt for the onion rings: sliced thin, fried to a golden crisp, and dusted with parmesan.
50 Route 134, South Dennis, 508-394-1119
|Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie at The Red Pheasant Inn:
This dish is as good as comfort food gets: chunky flakes of rich duck and root vegetables baked under a shell of creamy mashed potatoes, served in one of Cape Cod’s coziest restaurants.
905 Main St.Dennis,508-385-2133
|Cassoulet at Bleu:
With duck confit, smoked bacon, navy beans and garlic sausage, this hearty stew is as French as you can get without a plane ticket to Paris. Mashpee Commons,
10 Market St., Mashpee, 508-539-7907
|The Pilgrim at Café Chew:
When you’re looking for a sandwich in Sandwich, you can’t do better than the Pilgrim, a stack of roasted turkey, savory stuffing, and cranberry mayo on cranberry pecan bread.
4 Merchants Road, Sandwich, 508-888-7717
| Dad’s BLT at Sunbird:
The bacon is thick and smokey, the greens are organic, the tomatoes are roasted with herbs and it’s all piled together on fresh, grilled ciabatta. You want this sandwich.
85 Route 6A,Orleans, 508-237-0354
| House Burger at Local Break:
A tower of happiness. The burger itself is a house-ground combo of short rib and chuck topped with jalapeno jack cheese, carmelized onions, bread and butter pickle spread and a bacon mayo.
4550 State Highway, Eastham, 508-255-6100
|The Mighty Flynn Burger at Flynn’s Irish Pub:
For people who scoff at the idea that less is more, the Mighty Flynn comes topped with onion rings and buffalo-sauced cheese sticks, along with all the regular accoutrements.
119 Cranberry Highway,Sagamore, 508-833-8626
|Junkyard dog at the Dog House:
Summer nostalgia with all the fixings: Hot dog pieces topped with onions, peppers, cheese and bacon on a toasted sub roll, eaten at a picnic table near the beach.
189 Lower County Road,Dennisport, 508-398-7774
|Stark Crimson Pear Pizza at Rock Harbor Grill:
Topped with Great Hill Bleu cheese, carmelized onions, baby argula and walnuts. You really can’t go wrong with any of their delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired brick oven.
18 Old Colony Way, Orleans, 508-255-3350
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|Chicken pie at Centerville Pie Co.
Flaky crust, savory gravy and tender chunks of chicken combine to create a truly crave-worthy comfort food. But you don’t have to take our word for it: Oprah is a fan and featured the pies on her show in 2010.
1671 Falmouth Road, Centerville, 774-470-1406
|Jerk pork at the Jerk Café:
Owned by a Jamaican native known as Chef Shrimpy, this tiny eatery turns out tender morsels of pork seasoned with just the right balance of spicy and sweet. 1319-A Route 28 South Yarmouth, 508-394-1944
Veal parmesan at Villa Roma:
|Ravioli at Gina’s by the Sea:
For classic red-sauce Italian at a very traditional eatery, try the cheese ravioli accompanied by both ravioli and sausage. 134 Taunton Ave., Dennis, 508-385-3213
|Meat at the Brazilian Grill Churrascaria:
It doesn’t matter if you’re into beef, lamb, pork, sausage, chicken, or all of the above— at the Brazilian Grill, it is slow-cooked over a wood fire and sliced tableside from giant skewers directly onto your plate. One all-inclusive price buys all the perfectly seasoned meat you can eat.
680 Main St., Hyannis, 508-771-0109
|Steak Lucifer with a Twist at Clancy’s:
How do you make steak even more indulgent? Top it with lobster, asparagus, and béarnaise sauce.
8 Upper County Road, Dennisport, 508-394-6661
|Lomo Saltado at Tumi Ceviche:
Tumi bills itself as a Peruvian-Italian eatery, but this dish is pure South America: juicy chunks of beef tenderloin, cooked with soy sauce, aji amarillo (a spicy yellow pepper), tomatoes, and onions, served over grilled potatoes and roasted garlic rice.
592 Main St., Hyannis, 508-534-9289
|Durban Bunny Chow at Karoo Restaurant:
No bunnies were harmed in the making of this spicy lamb stew served over a large chunk of bread, a traditional South African fast food.
3 Main St., Unit 32B, Eastham, 508-255-8288
Beef pho at Thuan Loi:
The broth is subtly spiced and made fresh, the noodles and toppings are plentiful, and the charming, chatty owner is eager to tell you all about this traditional Vietnamese soup. 1300 Main St., South Yarmouth, 508-398-5592
|Pad kee mao at Bangkok Kitchen:
Perhaps the best Thai option on the Cape, this dish includes wide, chewy noodles and very fresh stir-fried vegetables tossed with an addictively fiery sauce. 339 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, 508-771-2333
|Fish tacos at Guapo’s:
Battered, fried fish, shredded cabbage, slivers of jalapeno, and creamy lime sauce, piled into soft corn tortillas make for a pretty perfect fish taco.
239 Underpass Road, Brewster, 508-896-3338
| Tuna nuta at Inaho:
This simple cold appetizer of tuna tossed with miso and scallions embodies Japanese food at its simple best. An octopus version is also available.
157 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-5522
|Crispy potato crusted scrod at Scargo Café:
The name doesn’t quite say it all: This baked white fish is served swimming in a pool of sweet corn and bacon chowder.
799 Route 6A, Dennis, 508-385-8200
|Tuna bolognese at Blackfish:
A seafoody twist on classic pasta Bolognese, this version swaps in tuna for the traditional ground meat and serves the sauce atop fresh-made pappardelle. Lemon confit and mascarpone cheese finish the dish.
17 Truro Center Road, Truro, 508-349-3399.
|Stuff quahog at the Marshland Restaurant:
This hard-to-pronounce appetizer – a blend of plump clam bits, buttery cracker crumbs, and spicy linguica sausage – is not just a favorite with locals: it was featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”
109 Route 6A, Sandwich, 508-888-9824
|Monkey ball at Misaki:
Mushrooms are stuffed with spicy tuna and deep fried, then served with eel sauce, wasabi mayo, and scallions. Sure, it’s a little weird. But it’s also a lot delicious.
379 West Main St., Hyannis, 508-771-3771
|Fish House chowder at Brewster Fish House:
Cape Cod offers plenty of appetizing chowders, but it would be hard to beat this version. It’s creamy, rich (but not heavy), and studded with briny, succulent clam.
2208 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-7867
|Crispy Thai calamari at C Salt Wine Bar and Grille:
Hot and sour vinaigrette, mango, baby spinach, grapefruit and cashews put a twist on traditional fried calamari.
75 Davis Straits, Falmouth, 774-763-2954
|Oysters with mignonette at the Naked Oyster:
The raw bar here serves up oysters raised in the restaurant’s own farm in Barnstable Harbor and delivered fresh every day.
410 Main St., Hyannis, 508-778-6500
|Lobster Macaroni and Cheese at the Marshside Restaurant:
Two classic indulgences in one: Cheese-drenched pasta corkscrews tossed with fresh lobster meat.
28 Bridge St., East Dennis, 508-385-4010
| Lobster & Corn Fritters at L’Alouette:
Highly recommended by the waitstaff during one visit. Lobster, corn and scallion, with a crispy batter, served with sweet Thai chili dipping sauce. The perfect balance of savory and sweet flavors.
787 Route 28, Harwich, 508-430-0405, frenchbistrocapecod.com
|Grilled octopus appetizer at Estia:
Imported Mediterranean sushi-grade octopus, char-grilled with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and oregano. Wonderful texture and flavor and cooked to perfection.
26 Steeple St., Mashpee, 508-539-4700
| Seared Scallops at Wicked Oyster:
You can’t go wrong with a Cape classic served over wild mushroom risotto and topped with arugula and parsley oil.
50 Main St., Wellfleet, 508-349-3455
| Seared Yellowfin Tuna at Del Mar Bar & Bistro:
Del Mar Consistently serves excellent, inventive creations– and the lavender dusted sushi-grade tuna served rare lives up to its reputation. Served with root vegetable purée, baby boo toy, grapefruit, avocado and Granny smith apple salad with pomegranate chili glaze.
907 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-9988
| Arancini at Pizza Barbone:
Pizza Barbone is known for its wood-fired pizza, but don’t overlook this delicious dish. You won’t regret digging into these crispy rice balls with mozzarella and soppressata (dry salami).
390 Main St., Hyannis, 508-957-2377
| Red Cottage Homefries at the Red Cottage:
More meal than side dish, these super-charged home fries are dressed up with diced ham, peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and a liberal drizzle of hollandaise sauce.
36 Old Bass River Road, South Dennis, 508-394-2923
| Curry Fries at Seaside Pub on Main:
The fries here are already well above-average, but invest the extra dollar to get the curry-dusted version with your sandwich for a sweet-and-spicy upgrade.
615 Main St., Hyannis, 508-815-4517
| Festival Dumpling at Coonamessett Farm’s Jamaican Buffet:
Jerk may be the most well-known Jamaican food, but this side dish—part fried dough, part cruller—deserves some recognition as well. And you couldn’t ask for a more festive atmosphere in which to eat these slightly sweet treats than Coonamesset Farm’s weekly Jamaican nights in the summer.
277 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, 508-563-2560
|Hot Fudge Sundae at the Sundae School:
Rich, small-batch ice cream, topped with thick, sweet fudge sauce, and crowned with freshly whipped cream – an ideal summer treat.
606 Main St., Harwichport, 508-430-2444;
381 Lower County Road, Dennisport, 508-394-9122;
210 Main St., East Orleans, 508-255-5473
|Toll House Cookie Pie at Hearth ‘n Kettle:
Topped with vanilla ice cream, H ‘n K’s classic dessert is warm, chocolatey, buttery and just plain decadent.
1225 Route 132, Hyannis, 508-568-2935
|Sour Cream Doughnut at Hole in One Donut Shops:
Those chain shop pastries have nothing on this signature treat, with its crisp exterior; tender, slightly crumb; and crackling sugar glaze. 98 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-3740; 4295 Route 6, Eastham, 508-255-9446
|Tarte au Citron at PB Boulangerie
With a buttery crust; a bright, but not-too-sweet lemon filling; and gorgeously browned meringue swirls, this little tart is absolutely worth the drive to Wellfleet.
15 Lecount Hollow Road, South Wellfleet, 508-349-1600
|Truro Turtle Ice Cream at Cape Cod Creamery:
You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors here. But with caramel ice cream, pecans, and caramel-filled chocolate bits, Truro Turtle is a standout.
5 Theater Colony Road, South Yarmouth, 508-398-8400
|Orange Citrus Rolls at Marion’s Pie Shop:
An unusual and sunny twist on the standard cinnamon rolls, these treats are fluffy, doughy, citrusy, and sticky sweet —grab extra napkins.
2022 Main St., Chatham, 508-432-9439
|Blueberry Pancakes at Café Heaven:
A liberal sprinkling of berries adds a delightful burst of sweetness to fluffy flapjacks.
199 Commercial St., #10, Provincetown, 508-487-9639
| Everything Bagel at JoMama’s New York Bagels:
If you can’t choose between the 17 varieties of New York-style bagels, you might as well choose the everything version so you don’t miss out on any of the tasty topping options.
125 Route 6A, Orleans, 508-255-0255; 2740 Main St., Brewster, 774-323-0719
| Apricot Croissant at Maison Villatte:
Born and trained in France, Boris Villatte produces this flaky, buttery pastry wrapped around sweet apricot filling that stands out even among the bakery’s many French delights.
267 Main St., Falmouth, 774-255-1855.
|Popovers at Jack’s Outback II:
Who needs toast when you can accompany your morning eggs with fresh-baked, eggy, architecturally impressive popovers?
161 Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, 508-362-6690
| Egg and Sausage Breakfast Wrap at Buckie’s:
This café may be known for its biscotti, but even better is this combination of scrambled eggs, delicious sausage, roasted peppers and provolone all rolled into a tomato wrap.
681 Route 28, Dennisport, 508-398-9700