Sure, you’re going to slurp a cup of creamy chowdah, nibble a succulent lobster roll or munch on chewy clam strips when you visit. But there’s so much more to dining on the Outer Cape, whether you want a cup of steaming coffee, a spicy taco or a full-course classic dinner.
The food revolution is spreading to every corner of the country, with increased emphasis on fresh, local and seasonal offerings, and this rustic tourist destination is no exception. Here are some exciting new dining spots along with a pair of time-honored favorites.
Classics and more
The Canteen opened in 2013. Founded by Loic Rossignon and Rob Anderson, the Provincetown casual eatery offers affordable iterations of standards like fresh oysters and “New New England Clam Chowder,” plus more diverse and contemporary fare like best-selling Brussels sprouts in fish sauce, cod banh-mi (a Vietnamese style fish sandwich) and a deconstructed PB&J sandwich grilled with peanut brittle and fresh strawberries. A selection of craft beers and other beverages are also served. Next door, The Happy Camper, a bakery and sweet shop, proffers hand-crafted donuts, pastries, ice cream and more.
Fine dining? Sure, Ceraldi, in Wellfleet, serves a daily prix-fixe seven-course meal featuring fresh ingredients from local suppliers, just-caught fish and seafood, and produce from nearby farms. Chef/Owner Michael Ceraldi started his namesake restaurant as a Provincetown popup before establishing a more permanent waterfront presence. He’s still quite hands-on as he serves up superb fare with equal helpings of great food and conviviality, declaring “all diners enjoy sitting at the chef’s table.”
The food truck craze has also captured the Cape. Sunbird, a pioneering culinary conveyance, was the first and they still prowl local roads, offering an eclectic assortment of edibles. They also maintain a brick-and-mortar presence at 85 Route 6A, in the town of Orleans, with an equally enticing selection of food and drinks, including a daily brunch menu. A fleet of four trucks operated by Joey Rugo deliver a variety of tacos, burritos and quesadillas stuffed with Jamaican jerk chicken, pork, vegetables, local seafood and more.
Coffee? Of course! Kohi, a tiny shop established in 2014 at the tip of Cape Cod, vends a unique selection of organic, fair trade and single origin coffee and espresso drinks made with beans from Portland, Maine’s Tandem Coffee Roasters.
Salty Market is, according to owners Ellery Althouse and Susan Baker, “a place that locals and tourists alike can go, (with) a great deli, (and) a well-stocked and interesting market.” Bread from PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet and liquor from Massachusetts distillers Bully Boy and South Hollow Spirits are also for sale and its deli counter slings sandwiches, salads and other light and hearty fare.
A classic Cape eatery, The Captain Linnell House is also a favorite for weddings and formal dinners. Set on Skaket Beach, the award-winning restaurant is in a stately mansion built by Captain Ebeneezer Linnell in 1840 and restored by its current owners, Chef Bill and Shelly Conway. The traditional menu features appetizers of chilled Wellfleet oysters and escargot to racks of lamb, Black Angus prime ribs, grilled salmon, roast duckling and Bouillabaisse entrees.
Another top-rated favorite, Jimmy’s Hideaway, offers a more casual but no less sublime gastronomic experience. Owners Jim McNulty and Raife Menold, both veteran Provincetown restrateurs, restored the building and established their restaurant as an unpretentious food-centric locale. The menu ranges from burgers, ribs, chops to seafood specialties, poultry and more. It’s a favorite of locals and tourists, and reservations are a must.
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