I was introduced to 20 North just last week and thought it was excellent. That's a pub at 20 North Broadway, past Pinhead Susans and with much better food. Great spicy clam chowder with bacon and great sandwiches. I had a blackened chicken and my GF had some sort of turkey with cranberry. All freshly made. Seems to be just 2 guys running the place (the bartender and the cook) but it's a great value.
Just returned from a short vacation in Eastham. First stop was the Friendly Fisherman, where we picked up lobster rolls and an order of onion rings. The lobster rolls were overflowing with lobster and very good, could have filled a sub roll 3x as big as the hot dog roll they were in. We ate about half, bought some bread and lobster bisque cheese spread at the market next door, and enjoyed a great lobster sandwich the next day on the beach. Oh and the onion rings were good too, of the thin variety.
After checking into our cottage, we walked down to Thumpertown Beach for a swim and a look over the bay. Later one of the best sunsets I've ever seen. Dinner was at Mahoney's Atlantic Grill in Orleans, and I can't say enough good things about the place. We arrived about 8:30 and waited 10 minutes for the table. The 50 foot mahogany bar area was lively and the staff and customers were friendly. We ordered a chardonnay from the large wine list, and brought it to our table.
A basket of warm bread and butter started us off, followed by soups (kale and linguica sausage for me, clam chowder for companion) and a spinach and goat cheese salad. For the main course I went with an appetizer, the blackened shrimp and scallops. Companion had dual soft-shelled crabs with green beans and couscous. Everything was delicious and the service was exemplary too. Our waitress noticed when we ran out of butter and brought more without being asked, and was extremely helpful and knowledgable with a variety of questions about the area (it was our first time in Eastham).
Afterward we headed to the Chocolate Sparrow right across the street for fresh-roast coffee. Their organic french roast is very strong and very dark.
For breakfast the next day we wanted to be by the water, so we drove a few miles north to Wellfleet harbor and the Bookstore. This place is a somewhat unusual mix of a large new and used bookstore with the restaurant and a bar called the Bombshelter, all with separate entrances. It sits on a beach road above the famous Wellfleet oyster beds, where it was low tide and the oystermen were already at work with their nets. It would have been nice to sit on the second floor deck for a better view, but it was closed that morning so we ate alfresco on the first floor deck instead.
Coffee was decent and the food was better than decent. I had a spinach and lingica omelet with home fries and companion had blueberry pancakes. Both very satisfying.
Dinner that night was in Provincetown. I'd read some posts from chowhounders about a variety of restaurants there, but we came to the main downtown walking area and it appears most of the restaurants mentioned (Red Inn, Mews, Fanuzzis, etc.) are elsewhere. We wound up at Bubalas, outdoors and right on the strip, hoping to see some jazz later although that turned out to be disappointingly amateurish and short as well. The place was closing by 11PM, which seemed awfully early for a town that's supposed to be a hot spot.
Anyway the food was pretty good. Two baskets of bread with olive oil and a slice from a fresh roasted bulb of garlic, great presentation and although listed at $3.50 per basket we were not ultimately charged for it. Then a spinach salad (yes, again) and the highlight of the meal, a basket of native steamers, which were tender and delicious. Companion had creole shrimp scampi for a main course and I had the chef's scallops presentation which turned out to have the same lemony pasta base as the shrimp scampi. Both were good but unexceptional, and there could have been more shrimp. We finished with some disappointing coffee.
By far the best coffee I had on the Cape was at Frappo66 in Provincetown, also known as the Art House. This is right downtown and only in it's second year. In addition to coffee, they have an intriguing buffet they call "fine food fast" overseen by owner and CIA graduate Steven Frappoli. You can choose one entree and 3 sides and I definitely plan to try this on another visit, since it looked great and had the classic CIA-style serving presentation as well.
Our last day was mostly leftovers and quick snacks but I will make a recommend for the take-out rollwiches at the Box Lunch on Route 6 in Eastham. Basically these are well-stuffed wraps with a wide variety of seafood, meats and other filings. I had the Priscilla Alden with turkey, cranberries and swiss cheese and companion had the Porkey Goes Hawaiian with ham, pineaplle and 3 melted cheeses. Both were delicious and a perfect take-out for biking and the beach.
Looking forward to many return visits to Eastham!
Hi. I will be spending some time in the Eastham area Labor Day week, and am interested in any recommendations for waterfront dining. Will probably stay mostly local -- Eastham/Wellfleet/Orleans -- but will make at least one trip to Provincetown.
A few I've heard about are Mac's in Wellfleet for ultra-casual
Seems like there ought to be more!