Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar (www.tomatoescapecod.com, 508-888-6008) may sit in a nondescript shopping plaza, but the food here is far from ordinary. The traditional and creative Italian dishes are on par or better than the fare found in Boston’s North End—the Chicken Piccatta is to die for—and the wine list is considerable.
For great food with a water view, eat at the Aqua Grille (www.aquagrille.com, 508-888-8889) on the Cape Cod Canal. You can get a bountiful lobster roll here, as well as Sonoran-Style Fried Fish Tacos. In October, enjoy an authentic German menu in celebration of Oktoberfest.
For cozy New England-tavern atmosphere and classic and contemporary cooking, stop at the Bee-Hive Tavern (www.thebeehivetavern.com, 508-833-1184). The Sicilian Shrimp Scampi, with calamata olives and sundried tomatoes, is memorable.
In 1991, Hurricane Bob and other storms destroyed the original Sandwich Boardwalk. In 1992, private donations funded its restoration—complete with contributors’ plank messages like “Meet Here”—and subsequent efforts replaced planks as they wore out. While there is no current drive to replace boardwalk planks, those who want to honor loved ones and support a community gem can purchase inscribed walkway bricks, brick plaques, or garden benches at Heritage Museums and Gardens. If you have something more to say and an appreciation for children’s author Thornton Burgess, you can buy personalized walkway bricks at the Thornton Burgess Society.