Top Dog

Sea Dog Brew Pub serves scratch-made food in fun, lively atmosphere

By Janice Randall Rohlf

It’s not like me to point the hungry toward a shopping center for a great meal, but change is good for us all. And change has come to the yellow restaurant anchoring one corner of the Whites Path/Station Avenue retail complex in South Yarmouth. Formerly Ardeo for 13 years, the totally refurbished building now houses Sea Dog Brew Pub, just off of Exit 8 on the Mid-Cape Highway. It’s a convenient location to gather with friends or family whether you’re headed up or down Cape. Add to that surprisingly good food, a fun atmosphere and an eclectic selection of beers and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Owner Peter Lucido, who licenses the pub from Sea Dog Brewing Company, is a Dennis-Yarmouth High School alum who pitched for the UMass Amherst baseball team. Before he even says the words, the smile on Lucido’s face tells you he’s “happy to be home.” With some 20 years of restaurant experience, including ownership of The Greatest Bar, in Boston, and Plymouth’s Tavern on the Wharf, his mission now is to serve his hometown community. The Sea Dog’s Mug Club sold out in six hours. Members of this “country club for beer lovers” receive perks like their very own numbered blue ceramic mug hanging above the bar.

My favorite thing about Sea Dog Brew Pub? It is so much more than its name implies. In addition to the large, sunny room shared by the bar, several high-top tables and a few upholstered booths, there are two other dining rooms for date-night or supper with the kids. Freshly painted navy and white walls, rustic wood, shiny chrome and tasteful nautical art create a clean, crisp setting. Here and there you’ll spot the lovable face of Barney, the Great Pyrenees dog that serves as the mascot for Sea Dog.

But in the end, isn’t it all about the sustenance? Once you’ve selected a beverage—10 Shipyard and Sea Dog beers on tap, plus domestic and local brands—give the menu more than a cursory glance.

Sure, there’s pub food (much better than what you’re used to), but there are also truffle fries, hand-stretched pizzas and chicken bruschetta with roasted corn risotto. The fall menu will be heavy on comfort food like mac ‘n’ cheese (add lobster for true decadence). All seafood is fresh from Chatham Fish & Lobster and shines equally in day boat cod fish & chips and perfectly grilled ahi tuna complemented by roasted vegetables and oregano vinaigrette. And don’t miss the stunningly presented fried calamari, whose mélange of subtle flavors redefine this ubiquitous dish. Almost all the food is scratch-made.

I’ve heard the brownie sundae served in a cast-iron skillet is amazing, but I drank my dessert and recommend this seasonal treat: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale served in a cinnamon-sugar rimmed glass, with a candy corn in the bottom and a jack o’lantern marshmallow Peep grinning up from the foam on top.

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Sea Dog Brew Pub
23 Whites Path
South Yarmouth
508-694-6020
seadogcapecod@gmail.com

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