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Dan Cutrona

Don’t-miss dining

There’s a good reason why you usually have to wait for a table at the Brewster Fish House (, 508-896-7867): The ingredients are always fresh and the cuisine is inspired. Consider its autumnal turn on Sautéed Day Boat Sea Scallops—they come with Butternut Squash Risotto, Crispy Sage, Pumpkinseed Oil, and Pomegranate Beurre Rouge.

For that special occasion, Chillingsworth (, 508-896-3640) doesn’t disappoint: multi-course dinners served amid fresh flowers, antiques, and chandeliers. The Bistro, located on the Chillingsworth estate in a nearby greenhouse, offers a casual á la carte menu. Enjoy Black and White Truffle Mac and Cheese with Parmesan Reggiano as a starter.

For a bountiful breakfast, don’t miss the Brewster Coffee Shop (508-896-8224), where the hollandaise sauce on the Eggs Benedict is first rate.

Insider’s tip

For a look at Brewster history, pick up a book by author Sally Gunning,  whose works of historical fiction, including Widow’s War and The Rebellion of Jane Clarke, are set locally during the 18th century. Gunning has lived in Brewster since 1977, and traces her ancestors back 300 years here. She incorporates places in town into her stories, like the herring run and Grist Mill along Stony Brook Road described in a scene in Bound.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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