Stepping into the 41-year-old Lobster Claw in Orleans, a quintessential Cape dining scene fills the senses. Take a seat in one of their three dining rooms, each complete with fish netting on the ceiling and marine-style artwork on the walls, and prepare yourself for a hearty meal that is sure to satisfy. Begin with a cup of creamy New England clam chowder ($4.95) or a bowl of mussels, served with a hearty and delicious garlic broth ($10.95)—both preludes to the fantastic entrées to follow. Whether boiled, fried, or stuffed, the restaurant delivers the kind of superb lobster that the Cape is known for. Their expertise does not stop there, however—try the haddock, fried to crispy perfection, served with fries and the restaurant’s sweet yet tangy coleslaw ($17.95). With such a large selection of tasty surf and turf, coupled with great children’s specials and exceptionally friendly service, it is no wonder why the Lobster Claw is a great Cape classic for the entire family.
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After a day spent fishing the open seas or basking on a Cape Cod beach, a meal at The Chart Room on Red Brook Harbor in Cataumet is a special treat. Dine in the weathered-wood dining room or on the covered porch with a pristine view of the harbor, both complimenting the friendly service and sumptuous seafood. To start, we ordered the clams casino ($8.95) and the delicious lobster bisque ($5.96). While The Chart Room is known for its broiled lamb chops ($22.95) and broiled swordfish with anchovy butter ($22.95), this sunset spot really delivered with its specials menu. I decided on the grilled filet mignon, with melted Gorgonzola cheese and a cabernet demi-glaze, served with baked potato, asparagus, and sweet potato ($24.95). My guest ordered the swordfish over gorgonzola and sun-dried tomato ravioli in a chardonnay basil sauce, topped with a lobster tail ($25.95). After dining, we stepped outside and admired the sunset.The Chart Room 1 Shipyard Lane, Cataumet, 508-563-5350 www.chartroomcataumet.com
Open every day through Labor Day, Thursday through Sunday until Columbus Day.
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