Background photo by Don Sylor
Barnstable High School Drama Club

Don’t-miss dining

If you want a break from beach shack food, check out Five Bays Bistro (, 508-420-5559) in Osterville with its contemporary, elegant cuisine and village vibe. A New American menu takes advantage of locally grown produce and seafood—we especially like the Grilled Swordfish with Oven-Dried Tomato Risotto, Crispy Sweet Potato, and Port Reduction.

Meat lovers shouldn’t miss the Brazilian Grill (, 508-771-0109) in Hyannis and its all-you-can-eat feast of smoky-flavored barbecued chicken, beef, and pork. A salad bar of crispy greens and other vegetables lend some crunch to complement the meat.

For an unbeatable water view with traditional Cape Cod cuisine, visit Baxter’s Fish n’ Chips and Boathouse Club (, 508-775-4490) on Hyannis Harbor. The Stuffed Quahogs or Scallops Wrapped in Bacon are great ways to start a meal. The Lobster Bisque is great, too.

Insider’s tip

While President Kennedy put Hyannisport on the map when he was elected president in 1960, the town of Barnstable was recognized nationwide when 2010 American Idol alumna Siobhan Magnus put Marstons Mills on the map for finishing the contest in sixth place last spring. Magnus attended Barnstable High School and was known for her lead roles in such drama department productions as The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. Barnstable also is known for being home to two teams in the elite see-‘em-now-before-they-turn-pro Cape Cod Baseball League. The Hyannis Harbor Hawks play at McKeon Field in Hyannis and the Cotuit Kettleers play at Lowell Park in Cotuit.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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