Sea Street Café in Hyannis serves it up all dayBy Ann Luongo
If you’re like me, you love finding places that serve breakfast all day. There’s really no time of day when good old bacon, eggs and toast are socially unacceptable. So, when you’re strolling the streets of Hyannis on your next visit downtown, stop in to the Sea Street Café and get your breakfast on.
The café’s interior is bright, clean and cheerful, with attractive hardwood flooring and muted shades of black and tan dominating the décor. And breakfast isn’t the only food on the menu. You can check out the mouth-watering daily lunch specials on the big chalkboard hanging on the wall.
“Everything is made from scratch,” says owner and chef Michael Hamwey, the café proprietor for five years. “We use fresh-cooked meats and we don’t use any processed foods. I make a different soup every day, and our bread is delivered daily from Pain D’Avignon (in Hyannis).”
The breakfast menu offers all the staples, from any-style eggs, home fries, pork sausage, applewood smoked bacon and corned beef, to poached eggs with hollandaise, pancakes, omelets and breakfast sandwiches and wraps. Or you can try something a little different, such as salted caramel apple French toast, crispy potato latkes or Nova smoked salmon.
The lunch menu includes all the favorites: burgers, pizza, club sandwiches, Reubens, paninis, clam chowder and lobster cakes, salads, soups and so much more.
On a recent visit with a co-worker, we sat mulling over the menu for a long while because, quite frankly, everything sounded good. Finally, we settled on a breakfast item and a lunch item, which we gladly shared.
She ordered the New York Reuben, which had loads of lean corned beef (you can opt for roasted turkey, instead, if you prefer), sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing on grilled marbled rye, with a side of coleslaw. It was delicious and satisfying.
I ordered breakfast—lemon-blueberry ricotta pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and served with blueberry syrup on the side. They were warm, sweet and filling, and something I’d never tried before. We both agreed, they were scrumptious.
“We do a good year-round business,” Hamwey says. “Lots of locals come in. And we change the menu three times a year and use seasonal foods. For example, in the fall we’ll incorporate apples and pears and such. In the summer, seafood dishes will be a big menu item.”
A little advice before you visit: The café is extra busy at lunchtime in the summer months. Also, arrive hungry. Both breakfast and lunch are delicious, very reasonably priced and served in sizable portions. Be prepared to take leftovers home.
Sea Street Café offers a casual, relaxed atmosphere, fast service, friendly staff and delicious food at great prices. You really can’t ask for more than that.
Sea Street Café, 50 Sea St.,Hyannis, 508-534-9129