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By Austin O’Brien
Living on the Cape means we all get to enjoy a few of the best things this life has to offer – sitting on the beach in the sun, fishing the waters that surround the Cape and finishing a summer day at a beautiful restaurant on the ocean.
I have lived on the Cape my entire life, and even now, I can still be surprised by that restaurant which combines a good meal, a perfect cocktail and a fantastic view. Many of the best ocean-side eateries are tucked away and off the beaten path. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite ones with you.
These run the gamut from places for a cold beer, a dozen oysters while sitting in shorts and flip flops to others worthy of a special night out with an expensive bottle of wine.
I’ll start with a very special place in my heart. Twenty-Eight Atlantic on Pleasant Bay at the Wequasett Resort and Golf Club. This truly boasts one of the most spectacular cuisines on the Cape and an equally breathtaking venue. Eight-foot windows frame the panoramo, while Shaker-style furnishings, hand-blown glass chandeliers, nautical etchings, Limoges china and Riedel stemware grace the table and room.
The longtime chef, James Hackney, specializes in native and seasonal ingredients. I strongly recommend local oysters served on the half shell with an amazing cucumber granita, lemon and cocktail sauce.
Consider the carmelized day boat scallops prepared with black quinoa and cantaloupe or butter braised lobster on carrot and lentil puree with cashew-curry and basil-daikon slaw.
This is a pricey evening out, but you leave not only with your palate totally happy, but a memory of the experience.
Another of my favorites is starkly different. And it’s not nearly as easy to find as Twenty-Eight Atlantic. It’s tucked away in Mashpee, inside New Seabury, right on the beach. Lure is a little gem that took me 39 years (in other words, my entire life), to find.
Until 5 p.m., Lure actually is private and accessible onlly to members of Pomponessett Inn. But, after that, the doors open to the public. Its menu is small – mostly chowder, clams and local fare. It’s all excellent, enhanced significantly by its location.
Let me put it this way. If you want to take a stroll on the beach and look out at Nantucket Sound, then you can do so right at Lure. With Adirondack chairs lined to face the sound, sit back and enjoy superb service, equally fine mixed cocktails and a live acoustic guitar playing in the back ground. Lure screams old Cape Cod. It may be hard to find, but you will be thanking me once you do.
Now, let’s head to another spot tucked away from the crowds. The Summer Shanty is in West Dennis. From the west, head down Route 28 and over the Bass River Bridge. About a ¼ mile on your right, you will find the Bass River Marina – and settled within it is this prototypical waterfront hang-out where the locals go to relax and watch the boats.
Every Tuesday from 4 –7 p.m., the Summer Shanty serves some of the world’s best oysters that are harvested right at nearby East Dennis Oyster Farm. These little babies are as fresh as you will ever eat – and priced right. Sip a cold beer with a few friends and enjoy the island music playing every day.
Also in Dennis is another favorite, but you will need to change into something more presentable than you might wear at the shanty. The Ocean House is in Dennisport. It recently added an outside bar overlooking Nantucket Sound – superb spot to grab a few “pre dinner” cocktails before heading into its recently refurbished dining room.
Whether you want to talk service, food, atmosphere, you name it – the “O” House has it covered – sushi specials, steak, fresh fish, oysters, specialty martinis, one of the best wine lists on Cape Cod. Speaking of Cape Cod, the chef prepares cod crisply with Cape Cod Potato Chips. Do I have you hungry yet?
This is a wonderful restaurant for a special evening out. Ask for Austin (no, not me), who is the bar manager. He will be sure to mix a special cocktail for you.
Now, let’s head all the way to Provincetown for a nice day of shopping and people watching, capped with a great meal overlooking Provincetown Harbor. The Mews Restaurant and Cafe is on Commercial Street a few blocks from the hectic center near MacMillan Wharf.
Its staff always is on its game and ready to make an impression. But, it’s the food that brings you back. Among my favorites is the Lobster Risotto when it’s on the menu. I just noticed another dish currently being featured – Lobster Vindaloo . It’s a Cape Cod standard with a twist on a traditional Indian dish. Lobster chunks are cooked in a spicy tangy curry sauce served with fruit chutney and Naan.
While eating, of course, you can ogle the harbor and Cape Cod Bay.
I have to go and get a bit to eat. But, if you have questions or want more recommendations, please get in touch. You can email me at email@example.com. Visit me at Luxx as well. You’ll please follow me on Twitter.
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Drink, sunbath and have an oyster! Well you are on the Cape aren’t you?
At Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
2173 Route 28
East Harwich, MA. 02633
The Mews Restaurant and Cafe
429 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
140 Main Street
West Dennis, MA l 02640
Ocean House Restaurant
Depot Street, Dennisport, MA 02639
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