The new Lanyard in Harwich Port, formerly the Land Ho, serves high-quality fare at affordable prices.By Marjorie Naylor Pitts
The more things change, the more they stay the same: a happy truth in the best possible way at The Lanyard Bar & Grill in Harwich Port. Formerly the Land Ho, sister restaurant to the Land Ho in Orleans (which remains in operation), the Lanyard offers an elevated menu at affordable prices. When conceptualizing their new restaurant, Harwich natives Ben and Angela Porter, who also own the highly acclaimed Viera restaurant in West Harwich, envisioned a place with strong ties to the community. “Mariners, like my scallop fisherman dad, have long used lanyards to secure valued items from being lost at sea,” says Ben. “We liked that concept, what a lanyard represents—staying connected, cherishing that closeness.”
The congenial staff serves lunch and dinner to please all tastes. For starters, try the stuffed quahogs: two medium-size shells loaded with chopped clams and chorizo sausage—the ratio of vegetables and crispy Ritz cracker stuffing are perfectly balanced. The fried mac and cheese served with barbecue sauce is not to be missed, as are the drunken mussels (cilantro beer broth, chorizo). More appetizer options include chicken wings, nachos, baby back ribs and raw bar items, such as Dennis oysters. Chef Carlos Reyes and sous chef Michael O’Brien, already renowned for creative daily specials in the days of Ho, offer authentic Southern-style barbecue using a custom-made hardwood smoker shipped from Alabama. Smoked-to-perfection pulled pork, ribs and brisket are served with a selection of homemade sides and sauces. It’s no surprise they are quickly becoming top sellers.
Around the corner from the bar area is a spacious yet cozy upper dining room where friends and families can enjoy their meals in a relaxed environment. The entire restaurant is freshly painted, and many of the iconic signs remain on the walls and ceilings.
“We tried to keep the same vibe, same feel, especially with all the signs, all the local businesses,” says Ben. “We just brightened it up a little, spruced it up.”
In the bar area, large flat-screen TVs, coupled with a state-of-the-art sound system, make it a terrific spot to take in a game while enjoying libations. Check out the 17 beers on tap, including many craft and hard-to-get selections, such as Zero Gravity Grand Royal IPA and Sip of Sunshine Double IPA, and pair one with a heaping plate of fresh fried seafood options. Outside, the covered patio and bar host live acoustic music on select afternoons in the summer, a perfect spot to enjoy what Porter hopes earns a “Cape Cod best”: the Lanyard Burger, a delicious blend of ground chuck, short rib and brisket. With its upbeat and efficient staff, bright, welcoming atmosphere, and enticingly varied menu, The Lanyard Bar and Grill is sure to form ties that bind.
The Lanyard Bar & Grill
419 Main St., Harwich Port