Etzy’s in Dennisport offers a large selection of wine and beer on tap served in a fun, friendly atmosphereText and photography by Lannan M. O’Brien
Along Main Street in Dennisport is an unassuming plaza that out-of-towners would likely pass by without giving a second glance. It houses a liquor store, and since last spring, a year-round restaurant where locals gather for a good time paired with equally enjoyable food and drink.
Etzy’s Wine Bar & Bistro (named such after its owner Dennis Etzkorn) has the feel of a local joint upon stepping inside. The shine of a unique silver tin ceiling is first to catch your eye, and second is a large bar bordered overhead with flat-screen TVs airing sports games. More TVs surround the adjacent dining room, which features dark wood tables and booths.
About a third of the tables were filled when I visited on a recent Thursday evening—typical for a weeknight in the offseason. A DJ announced trivia questions to a few teams of customers scattered throughout the restaurant. I picked a seat among the trivia-playing crowd that boos and cheers depending on whether the DJ’s answer matches their own.
If you’re looking to grab a beer in the area with friends, Etzy’s has a large selection on tap that ranges from your average Coors Light to Handline Kolsch, a local brew from South Dennis’ Devil’s Purse Brewing Company. It also offers the lesser-known Artie’s Strong Arm Ale, a Hingham-made brew that, true to its name, is 10 percent-alcohol strong.
And then there’s the wine list, which general manager Kelly Ugaz refers to as her “baby.” She spent a couple of months sampling each of the 70 wines before finalizing the list, and says, “[I’m] very proud of it.” Etzy’s wines represent nine different countries, ranging from a $26 bottle of Pinot Grigio to the $100 Cabernet Sauvignon called Caymus from Sonoma County.
Clam chowder is a must at most Cape restaurants, and Etzy’s does it justice with a thick, creamy and flavorful rendition. Upon being served the homemade pizza (shown at top)—a build-your-own combo of mushrooms and green peppers—I was pleasantly surprised by a delicious thin crust. Another Cape favorite, the haddock sandwich, arrived “golden brown,” as the menu had described, coated in Japanese Panko breadcrumbs and fried. Perhaps even better than the sandwich itself were the hand-cut fries that came with it, fried and salted to perfection.
Other standout menu items recommended by the staff include the Asian beef skewers and Portuguese littleneck clams for appetizers, and from the main menu, the Ahi tuna tacos and gourmet burgers. Customers with gluten allergies will be pleased to find a variety of gluten-free dishes.
Since there is entertainment scheduled several days per week, it’s no wonder that Etzy’s has become a popular hangout spot. Locals meet at the restaurant at 7 p.m. on Thursdays for trivia, and on weekends there’s live music by area bands. The Cape might be quiet in winter, but this restaurant and bar guarantees good food and a fun night out.
Etzy’s Wine Bar & Bistro
697 Main St., Dennisport